Shelter Dog Dash 5K and 1M

1045 E Juniper Avenue
Gilbert, AZ 85234

Running > 5k

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Event Description

To get to the finish line you can run, walk, jog...or Dash for a Shelter Dog!!

One Love is delighted to bring you our third annual 5k or 1 Mile, Run/Walk event which will take place on February 17, 2024 at Freestone Park in Gilbert.

We are excited to bring the community together to raise funds benefiting the homeless dogs of Maricopa County. Every dollar we raise helps save lives!

So, if your goal for 2024 is giving back…consider this a sign. Get yourself registered and meet us at the starting line!

One Love is a nonprofit organization that utilizes forward-thinking programs to rescue and rehabilitate at-risk dogs, advocate for shelter animals, and provide free spay + neuter services. Our team is made up of passionate and dedicated individuals who work tirelessly to improve the lives of homeless dogs.

The majority of our volunteers are also registered at our local municipal shelters. This allows them to make regular trips to the shelter where they spend time with our sponsored dogs. Volunteers will bathe, walk, and play with the dogs several times per week.

Here are some of the programs this fundraiser will benefit:

Shelter Dog Program
One Love believes that shelter enrichment programs are a necessity. Many dogs have trouble adjusting to shelter life and need a little extra help getting adopted. The Shelter Dog Program was established in 2015 to assist local shelters with pit bull-type dogs who are at risk and/or longtime residents. The three (3) main pillars of this program include large-scale enrichment, volunteer interaction, and dog sponsorship. Sponsored dogs receive several benefits including training, medical care, marketing, promotion, and post-adoption support.

Very Important Pitties “VIP” Program
In addition to sponsoring shelter dogs, One Love is also a rescue! Our Very Important Pitties are often shelter dogs with extensive medical needs beyond what the shelter can address, so we take them into our care. The One Love VIPs reside at either Heidi’s Village or with one of our Unicorn Fosters. They receive top-notch care while we search for their forever homes.

Targeted Spay/Neuter Clinics
One Love believes that spay and neutering is the most effective way to tackle the overpopulation problem in our community. We hold regular FREE spay/neuter and vaccination clinics for pit bull-type dogs in our community. Each dog also receives a custom ID tag and collar through our Tag Me Home program.

Pools for Pups
The Arizona heat can be deadly for dogs who live outdoors. This program was created to assist local pet owners with dogs who currently live outside. Upon application approval, we provide free play pools within 72 hours. We can also offer solutions for tethered (tied up or chained) dogs. Our goal is to keep dogs cool, provide an alternative to tethering, and save lives.

Event details and schedule

Mail-in Registration 

To register by mail please complete and return our Mail-in Registration Form! Please make all checks payable to StartLine Racing.


Virtual Run Registration 

Of course we want you to participate in the Shelter Dog Dash locally but we understand things come up. So, if you can't join us at Freestone Park and still want to run, get the medal and a shirt then you still can! Here is your chance to take part in this event no matter where you are! And of course, all prices include shipping! Please note that all items will ship following the event on February 17th. Prior to the event all virtual participants will receive an email with instructions on how to submit your time.

Virtual Registrations are restricted to US addresses only. If you reside outside of the US and wish to participate please contact StartLine Racing at



All Participants Receive 

Custom Event Finisher's Medal

Custom Event 100% Ring Spun Cotton T-Shirt. 

Age Group Awards for Top Three in all Age Groups for the 5K only. Our age groups are the following:

  • 8 & Under, 9 & 10, 11-13, 14-17, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75 & over

Pre- and Post-Race "Runner's Brunch" (granola bars, fruit, water, Gatorade, etc)

Chip Timed with Real Time Results and Photos on our Website or Mobile App (on Apple and Google)

Event managed by StartLine Racing. Club SLR discounts do not apply.

Please note any race related items (shirts, medals, etc.) will NOT be mailed to those that do not attend.


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Race Day Information 

Race Day Check In will be available beginning at 8am at Freestone Park (race location).

We accept cash, check, or credit card on race day

Cost of registration on race day will be:

  • $50 for the 5K Dash
  • $30 for the 1M Dash

We welcome wheelchairs, and strollers out on the course.

No roller blades, skateboards, wagons or motorized devices are allowed on the run or walk courses.

Leashed pet friendly. We do ask that dogs be well behaved, kept 6ft apart from other dogs at all times and no retractable leashes.

Due to the common start/finish line, there is no bag check for this event.

This event will take place rain or shine. There are no refunds for due to weather.


Packet Pickup Opportunities


Friday, February 16, 2024 from 3:00 - 6:00pm at Sole Sports in Tempe (map).


  • Sole Sports is located at 1006 E Warner Road, Tempe, Arizona 85284


Saturday, February 17, 2024 at Freestone Park (race location) beginning at 8am



Event schedule 


    February 16 3:00 PM MST - Packet Pickup at Sole Sports - Tempe from 3-6pm
    February 17 8:00 AM MST - Race Day Registration and Packet Pickup Opens
    February 17 9:00 AM MST - 5K Dash Begins
    February 17 9:10 AM MST - 1M Dash Begins
    February 17 10:00 AM MST - Awards Ceremony Begins (approx.)


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