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2016 somdog Tom Taylor Memorial Doggie 5k Fun Run

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Calling all dogs, runners, and walkers! This year we take to historic Union Square in Somerville, MA for our semi-annual Doggie 5k Fun Run. This year, we honor Tom Taylor, Somerville Board of Alderman from 1986 to 2013, and avid SomDog Supporter.

10:00 AM, Sun. Oct 16, 2016 to 2:00 PM, Sun. Oct 16, 2016

Somerville, MA 02143

Race / Category
Prizes / Awards
No surprise fees - what you see is what you pay, service fee included
10:00 AM
Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Pup Finishers!
10:00 AM
8:00 AM
This event has already taken place and registration ended on October 16, 2016 at 2:00 PM.

From the Organizer



 If you need day-of-support, send an email to and we will do our best to get back to you ASAP

We are howling with joy because we hit our online registration goal. A very limited number of onsite registrations ($40) will be available on a first come, first come basis.  You must be there to sign the waiver to register.

som|dog's Dog-Friendly 5K Run/Walk

We're excited to bring the 3rd som|dog 5K to Union Square in Somerville, honoring Tom Taylor, former Somerville Alderman and avid SomDog Supporter.  This year promises to be a fun event, with the start and finish in Union Square in Bull McCabe's parking lot.  

Course Map

Will You Have Race Swag?  

Of Course! The first 150 registrants will receive a commemorative t-shirt.  

And We Won’t Forget Our Top Dogs!  We have finisher medals for the Top 3 Men, Top 3 Women, and Top 3 Dog finishers, and Cody’s Creations promises us a bit of extra love for them. The Pet Republic will roll out their doggie ice cream cart for all the pups!  Anna Nason Taylor will be back to capture your pup’s caricature!  Make sure to talk to our key sponsor Lucy’s Lucky Pets if you need pet care services!

Do You Believe in Love?

In addition to the great prizes in the opportunity drawing, we will have a one-of-a-kind unique silent auction prize up for bid.  Tom Taylor was an avid collector and among many of his treasures, is an authenticated pillowcase used by the one and only Cher!  We will have a silent auction for this item.

Come early for the 5K, stay on for the after-PAW-party! 

If you are not running or walking in our 5k, you can still join in on the fun! Bring your pup down to take a look at all the great things we have going on at the end of the race!

Registration Pricing:  Walkers and Runners Welcome!

  • Early-Bird Registration Price ends 9/30/2016, price increases by $5.00 for online registration
  • Limited onsite registration available ($40)


  • Refer 3 friends to register and get a som|dog t-shirt
  • Refer 5 friends to register and your entry is free!


This is a rain or shine event.
Lots of free parking in Union Square since it's Sunday.
Bag Check will be available until 12:00pm
Local vendors and Dog experts will be on-site

Be Generous!

We are collecting donations for Somerville's Animal Control. Please bring clean (used) towels, sheets, leashes, pet bowls, kitty litter, etc. for donation!

Guidelines for Participating with a Dog 

To keep everyone (and every dog) safe, special rules apply for those participating with a dog at the race.  If you are running/walking with a dog, please keep these guidelines in mind:
  • Limit one dog per person.
  • Dogs must be at least 6 months old and up to date on vaccinations.
  • Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.  Leashes should be no longer than 6 feet; please keep it short at the start to avoid entanglement.  No retractable leashes; they are hazardous in a crowd.
  • No female dogs in heat.

som|dog staff or race volunteers will be on hand to assist any runner and his/her dog if a dog appears to be in danger or, in the opinion of staff or volunteers, is being pushed beyond his or her safe limits.   We recommend that dogs run with a harness rather than a neck leash to prevent strain or injury to your dog's trachea.