Mutts & Marshmallows

Sat January 9, 2021 Cary, NC US 27511 Directions


$35 10:00AM EST Price increases after October 31, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT
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1 Mile

$15 9:45AM EST Price increases after December 15, 2020 at 11:59pm EST

Kids in Strollers

$5 11:00AM EST Registration ends January 9, 2021 at 4:00am EST

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$150 9:00AM EST Registration ends January 7, 2021 at 11:59pm EST
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201 Soccer Park Dr.
Cary, NC US 27511

Supporting the Wake County SPCA

Back by popular demand for the 8th year, it won't be long before its time to greet the New Year again with a a fun run with friends and a big mug of hot chocolate!

As always everyone who finishes the race gets a great mug, all the hot chocolate they can drink, and all dog entries go to support the SPCA of Wake County

There are 4 races to choose from! The signature event is the 5K Doggie Dash but there's also a regular 5K, 8K, and 1 Mile fun run. 

The F&A Doggie Dash is also the first race of Fit & Able's 2021 Free-for-All Race Series.

Invite your friends and pick your race!

Fit & Able loves family fitness and whose four-legged furry friend isn't part of the family? Dog owners are welcome to run with their pups in both the 5K and 8K; there's no longer a separate event just for dogs. Now the whole family can run together! For only $10 per pup it will be happy trails for both runners and their dogs. AND, the full $10 dog fee goes to support the Wake County SPCA!

PLEASE NOTE: only one dog per registered runner and you MUST register your dog for them to run with you. The race will be more fun with the whole family there and you'll be supporting a great organization in our community!


  • 9:00 - 10:45 AM - Check-in & Packet Pick-up
  • 9:45 AM - 1 Mile Start Time
  • 10:00 AM - 5K & 8K Start Time

*Start times subject to change due to weather or safety


Race Location: WakeMed Soccer Park (201 Soccer Park Dr., Cary, NC 27511).

Course Information: The course is on WakeMed's paved and natural trails with one road crossing and moderate to big hills. If you've run at WakeMed before, this isn't the usual course. Course conditions depend on the weather prior to the event.

5K, 8K, & 1 Mile Course Maps

Events: Everyone is welcome to participate! All participants will have chip-timed results that will be posted online. All Fit & Able Productions, Inc. events are inclusion events: anyone of any age, skill-level, or ability can participate in any race!
* Kids being pushed in strollers must be registered and numbered but are not eligible for prizes. 
* Dogs running with owners must be registered, numbered, and on a leash at all times. The $10 dog registration fee goes to support the Wake County SPCA!

Athletic Trainer: An athletic trainer will be available at a medical tent located near the finish line.

Water Stations: There will be two water stations on the course: one at the 1 Mile mark, near the Finish line and one just after the 2.5 Mile mark. Water is also available at the registration and refreshment area. The water stations are marked on the map.

Packet Pick-up: All participants must show a photo ID or be with a guardian with a photo ID in order to pick up their race packets and can only pick up their own race packet. All dogs and young kids in strollers must be registered in order to participate with their owners and parents. Early packet pickup will be announced race week. 

Awards: Awards are sponsored by Omega Sports - Cary. The 5K and 8K have Top 3 Overall Male/Female and Top Age Group Male/Female awards; the 1 Mile has Top 3 Overall Male/Female awards. Must be present at post-race awards ceremony to receive the awards; awards will not be mailed out or left at Omega Sports for pickup. 

Race Souvenirs: Mug guaranteed for 5K, 8K, and 1 Mile finishers  if registered by December 26th! Mug not included with Kids 5 & Under category. Mugs come in red, green, and blue. Like the mug and want another? No problem! You can reserve an additional Mutts & Marshmallows race mug for $12. Participants will get their mugs at the refreshment table after the race and will be able to pick their favorite color based on availability (first come, first serve while supplies last!). Both performance tech and cotton shirts are available for purchase. Shirts and mugs must be picked up at the race; shirts and mugs won't be mailed.


Online pre-registration closes on January 8th at 9 PM. Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted at packet pick-up and race day.


The Mutts & Marshmallows and all participants are subject to these event polices.

We can't wait to see you at the Doggie Dash!

Fit & Able Productions is a nonprofit organization that has been supporting community and family fitness in Cary since 1997 through organizing creative events and training programs. We also support many programs, such as swim safety lessons for underprivileged children and adults, youth fitness programs, and health education run by our community partners including the Cary Family YMCA, Triangle Aquatic Center, and Town of Cary. Proceeds from our events that aren't designated to support other organizations go to support the event and other Fit & Able nonprofit activities.

NOTE: Information from this site is often shared to other online sources that aren't updated when changes are made here. This site is the only official and updated source for information regarding this event. 

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Get Refunds By Referring Friends or Fundraising!

Referral Refund!

AFTER you sign up you can get up to $15 back when you REFER at least 5 friends to register too (and another $15 after 10 more referrals)! Check your confirmation email for YOUR unique referral link and send it out! Learn more about how Referral Refunds work here

PLUS, anyone who signs up using your link within 72 hours after you register will get a $5 discount automatically applied at checkout!

Fundraising Refund!

AFTER you register you can get up to $25 back when you RAISE at least $250 through your fundraising page! Set up YOUR fundraising page  during registration and send it out! Learn more about how to become a Fundraiser here

PLUS, create a fundraising team to invite others to help you with their own fundraising pages, whether or not they register to run!

* Only 5K and greater races are eligible for referral refunds; only 1 Mile and greater races are eligible for fundraising refunds. $5 of each registration is non-refundable. Message if you have questions. * 

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