Frequently Asked Questions

The Tail Wagger 5K and 1 Miler feature the beautiful trails and location of the North Tahoe Regional Park.  You will find answers to the most commonly asked questions below.

No dogs are not required. You can run without a dog and we are planning for separate starts for Human only runners.

Yes this is a dog-friendly event and all shapes and sizes are welcome.

Yes, all dogs are required to be on as 6′ leash at all times.

Each human can run with a maximum of two dogs. You can add a second dog at the time of registering. You can also bring other dogs, along with a human handler, to the event who will not participate in the run yet can hang out with their buddies at the main venue and enjoy the party.

All runners receive a race bib, timing chip, recovery nutrition, cold beverage, event T-shirt, and other SWAG as available. Dogs receive bib, timing chip, bandana or similar cool SWAG.


Sorry, no cats allowed even if they are Cool.


We are providing awards for the top three dog-human runners in the following categories: Dog Weight under 20 pounds, 21-50 pounds, 51 pounds and over. For Human only runners we provide top 3 female and male in each distance.

No: There are no official cut-off times. Of course at some point our crew will need to pickup the course marking. However, you’ll have a plenty of time to finish.

The course features the trails of North Tahoe Regional Park including dirt trails and some distance on a paved trail.

The use of personal music devices is discouraged at this race. To enjoy all that our race has to offer and for the safety of all participants, the Tail Wagger 5K encourages a headphone-free environment during the event.

We believe your race experience and those around you will be greatly enhanced by leaving the headphones at home or in the car. Running headphone-free allows opportunities to develop camaraderie with your fellow runners and to enjoy everything the race has to offer. Plus, volunteers and spectators will be on course cheering you on and providing directions to help get you to the finish line. Runner safety is  a top priority for our event. Please be mindful of the other participants and respect the race personnel to ensure a safe and enjoyable race for everyone

Comfortable ones! Note the course is on dirt and some pavement.

The course will be marked with arrows, signage, flagging and course marshals.  Examples of the course marking will be shown at packet pickup and during the event briefing just prior to the start.

Parking is available at the venue. Our venue is the North Tahoe Regional Park located at 6600 Donner Road, Tahoe Vista, CA 96148. There is a $5 parking fee.

The event is professionally “chip” timed.

For our safety plan, strollers, skates, skateboards, hover boards, and other such modes of transportation are not allowed.

Your results will be available on our results page at

Yes: Water is available for humans and dogs at the start and finish area and at two additional locations on the course.