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Pooch Scoot 5K Fun Run & Walk

Join us for a fun 5K Run/Walk with your Pooch!2016 updated logo

(That can be your belly or your dog….)

Sunday, April 23, 2017

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Start Times:

         9:00 am Runners (no dogs)

         9:10 am Runners with dogs and all walkers


Start and end at the Bellingham Tennis Club & Fairhaven Fitness.

Enjoy a beautiful loop on rolling terrain through the Fairhaven neighborhood and dog park on streets and trails.

YUM!  We’ll have two “Pooch Treat” stations along the way and goodies at the end.

STYLE!  Entry fees include a custom Pooch Scoot bandanna for your dog!

*PRIZES*  This is really an “all in fun” event, so we’ll give prizes to:
    • Top 3 Finishers, Men & Women
    • 1st Dog
    • Best Dressed Dog (Human & Dog Duo)

Early Registration ends April 14

    • $30 per person (includes 1 dog)
    • $5 per additional dog
    • $15 per cool Tech shirt – Only available when ordered by 4/16/15

Registration after April 14-24 – (Same Day Registration will be available)

    • $35 per person (includes 1 dog) person (includes 1 dog)
    • $5 per additional dog
    • No shirts available (sad pooch)


We want to help you and your dog get ready!  Download your FREE 5K Training Plan here:

Mayo Clinic 5K 7 week Training Plan




Q. Do I have to leash my dog?
A.  Yes!  AND you have to hang on to the leash, clean up after your dog, and make sure you and pooch are well behaved.

Q:  May I bring more than one dog?
A:  Yes.  You may bring multiple dogs as long as they are on a leash and you control them (not the other way around).  One dog is included in your entry fee, extra dogs are $5 each.

Q.  What if it is raining?  Do I get money back?
A.  C’mon. This is the pacific northwest!  Wear a raincoat and enjoy some liquid sunshine.  It feels good to be outside!  All entries are NON-Refundable.  You know what they say about “April Showers”.  Of course we’ll hold the event in the rain.  If we didn’t brave the elements, we’d all turn into moles (who, by the way, are not invited to this event, but you can learn more about CycleMoles by clicking here.)  

Q:  How far is 5K?
A:  5K is equal to 3.1 miles or 16,368 feet.

Q:  Who is organizing this event?
A:  Bellingham Tennis Club & Fairhaven Fitness with Hamster Endurance Training.  The Pooch Scoot is the brainchild of Robin Robertson (Bellingham Tennis Club & Fairhaven Fitness) and Kelly Krieger (Hamster Endurance Running) who wanted to host a fun event that anyone can do, include your doggies, and do some good in the world.
Why?  Because we want to promote community fun and good health.

Q:  Why “Pooch Scoot”?
A:  Because…..it seemed like it would be fun to organize an event in April – a 5K can be a challenge or warm up event depending on how much you (and your pooch) have been training.  If you don’t have a training plan, why don’t you follow this 7 week training plan from the Mayo Clinic.  Download it for free:  Mayo Clinic 5K 7 Week Training Plan

Q:  May I bring my goat (or other animal)?
A:  No, sorry, not your goat, not your camel, not even your hamster that fits in your pocket.  This event is limited to dogs and humans only.

Q: Do all dogs get a tennis ball at the finish line?
A:  We’ll do our best to give every pooch a tennis ball. The Bellingham Tennis Club is already saving up their used tennis balls for your doggies.

Q.  Is this a fundraiser?
A.  Yes!  50% of the net net proceeds will be donated to “Animals as Natural Therapy.”Animals as Natural Therapy

Animals as Natural Therapy (ANT) offers healing programs based on the knowledge that animals can teach humans important life skills: respect for self and others, trust-building, and clear communication. As a 501(c)3 non-profit, ANT operates out of Windy Acres, a onehundred year old, 5-acre farm situated at the edge of Bellingham in Northwest Washington. Windy Acres provides a peaceful, secluded spot for our animal and human partners to practice their healing work. Over the past decade, ANT has touched the lives of thousands of children and adults. http://www.animalsasnaturaltherapy.org

Q:  Do you need Volunteers?
A:  YES WE DO!  We need poochy helpers for registration, flagging the course, and at the finish chute.  Please email us if you would like to volunteer …and you’ll get a T-Shirt for free!  It should be about 3 – 4 hours max time on Sunday.  In the subject line please write “Pooch Scoot Volunteer” to robin(at)bellinghamtennis.com.

Q:  More Questions?
A:  Please visit the Pooch Scoot website to have more questions answered!


Thanks everyone for a fun and fantastic Event!

 The dogs were happy, got lots of treats (and even tennis balls).  Their masters had a good time too on the rolling terrain through the  neighborhood and trails.   Animals as Natural Therapy thanks you too!

2014 Pooch Scoot Results

2013 Pooch Scoot Results

Check out the action at our past Pooch Scoots!


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A BIG thanks to our supporters PET STOP for the dog treats, TONY’S COFFEE for the delicious brew in the morning and post race, FRED MEYER for human snacks, and TURDEE TOTES for giving all of the dog owners a FREE Tote!

Join us for Pooch Scoot 2014 on Sunday, April 13th!

Start and end at the Bellingham Tennis Club and Fairhaven Fitness and enjoy a beautiful loop through the Fairhaven neighborhood and dog park on streets and trails.