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November 3, 2018

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Tails on the Trail 2017
November 4, 2017

It’s our 8th anniversary! Shawnee County Parks + Recreation is proud to present Tails on the Trail 2017 – Topeka’s favorite dog-friendly 5k run/walk and family event! This is a fundraiser for Helping Hands Humane Society in Topeka, KS and we have donated over $93,000 in the past 7 years. Tails on the Trail will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017 with registration at 9am and a welcome announcement at 9:30am. The run/walk begins at 10am and will take place on the scenic Shawnee North Nature Trail with a free photo booth, vendors, a silent auction (Think Christmas! See sneak peeks of silent auction items on Facebook), Santanimals balloon artist and more! Please note that the trail is a mix of flat terrain and hills. It includes grass and dirt surface.

Concessions and indoor facilities will be available for the public and their dogs. 100% of your registration fee will go to Helping Hands Humane Society – we are doing this for the animals! We will also have adoptable pets on site. Come out and give them some love. Rain or shine, this event is a great opportunity for you and your family (fur included) to get out and enjoy a brisk run, walk or just enjoy the activities. Your support goes a long way and this event helps raise awareness for all of the great animals that are waiting for their forever home.

Don’t forget to place your bid at the silent auction to have your dog featured on the back of the 2018 event t-shirt. This is a great way to show your pet how much you love them and brag about them around town! Tails on the Trail will be held on the first Saturday of November annually.

Calendar of Events
Friday, November 3, 2017
Packet Pick-Up and Registration from 8am to 7pm at Shawnee North Community Center
300 NE 43rd Street, Topeka, KS • (785) 286-0676
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Race Day! Packet Pick-Up and Late Registration at 8:30am at Shawnee North Community Center
300 NE 43rd Street, Topeka, KS • (785) 286-0676
Welcome announcement at 9:30am
Race starts at 10am
Breakfast for all race participants.
Awards following the race – must be present to win.
Silent Auction will be announced after awards

Must be present to win.

Enter your dog to win! Categories include:

  • Biggest Dog
  • Littlest Dog
  • Who traveled the farthest?
  • Look alike
  • Longest Nose
  • Shortest Tail
  • Biggest Smile
  • Sloppiest Kiss
  • Oldest dog
  • Youngest dog

Sponsorships and Silent Auction donations: Contact Justin Brokar at (

Vending opportunities: Contact Penny Stormann at Shawnee North Community Center at 785-286-0676

All dogs must be leashed for the duration of the event. One dog per person. No retractable leashes. All dogs should wear a current rabies tag and be up-to-date on all vaccinations. No dogs in heat. No dogs that may be a threat to others. Event officials reserve the right to refuse aggressive animals. Please be responsible and courteous. Please clean up after your pet.

Past Race Results

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Thanks to all of our sponsors and volunteers for making Tails on the Trail a success!
2017 Sponsors
Thank you to our Big Dogs!


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Thank you for your support!