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Date : Saturday August 10, 2024
Time : All Runners start at 6:00pm CT

Location : Mastodon Lake Park
Ray Moses Visitors Parking, Ray Moses Dr, Aurora, IL 60505


The Dog Days of Summer is a Timed Race held in August in the Aurora, IL with three (4) different time options.  In our second  year, we have a 2 hour,  4 hour, 6 hour and 12 hour timed race run on a 1.46 mile loop that you repeat as many times as you can in the time allowed.  As the name implies, there will be dogs of all kinds at the race for you to see, pet and love and even possibly adopt.  Dogs will be made available by Rover Rescue  



Rover Rescue is a network of volunteer foster homes and does not have a central shelter.  There is no application needed to complete.  All you need to do to meet a dog is to contact or speak with the person listed at the end of the dog’s biography which is usually the foster home. This person will help you decide if the dog would be a good match for your family and if so then set up a time for your family to meet the dog.  


The 2nd Running of the Dog Days of Summer races will take place on August 10, 2024.  The race will feature a 2, 4, 6 and 12 hour option. Participants will get to enjoy an Pet inspired theme with animals available for adoption as well as food, drinks, music and a lively atmosphere.

2 Hour Option

Super Early Bird
Ends Apr. 01,

Early Bird
Ends July 15, 2024

Regular Price after
July 16, 2024


4 Hour Option

Super Early Bird
Ends Apr 01
, 2024

Early Bird
Ends July 15, 2024

Regular Price after
July 16, 2024


6 Hour Option

Super Early Bird
Ends Apr 01, 2024

Early Bird
Ends July 15, 2024

Regular Price after
July 16, 2024


12 Hour Option

Super Early Bird
Ends Apr 01, 2

Early Bird
Ends July 15, 2024

Regular Price after
July 16, 2024



Event Calendar

02/15/2024 : Registration Opens

04/01/2024 : Super Early Bird Pricing Ends

07/15/2024 : Early Bird Pricing Ends

08/01/2024 : Last Day to Register to guarantee race SWAG

08/09/2024 : Online Registration Closes

Race Day


Saturday August 10, 2024
​04:30 PM : Packet Pickup and Race Day Registration Opens
05:00 PM : Pet Organizations Arrive with Shelter Animals
05:45 PM : Packet Pickup and Race Day Registration Closes
06:00 PM : ALL Races Start

08:00 PM : 2 Hour Race Ends
10:00 PM : 4 Hour Race Ends
Midnight : 6 Hour Race Ends

Sunday August 11, 2024
06:00 AM – 12 Hour Race Ends

Packet Pickup



All participants 


Each Distance will have individual awards not yet determined.





     *  Potato Chips

     *  Pickles

     *  Canned Potatoes



     *  Oreo Cookies
     *  Gummy Bears

     *  M&M's

     *  Fruit


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Arriving at 10:00pm


Arriving at Midnight



     *  Water

     *  Coke

     *  Ginger Ale

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Arriving at 06:00am



The Start/Finish area will have a timing mat that you will need to cross to ensure you receive credit for the loop you completed.  You can proceed to run straight into the next loop or you can take a quick left hand turn into Aid Station / Pit Row.

At Aid Station / Pit Row you will find hydration, food, snacks and most importantly, Doggies!!  You can stop to give the pups some love while you feed yourself before you press on to your next loop.  Foods you are likely to see at Aid Station Row is provided below.

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  • What if I can't come to the race?​

Worth Your Mile Running is committed to providing an excellent running experience and although we do not provide refunds for races under any circumstances, we understand life does have a way of changing your plans and do allow participants to transfer their registration to another runner.  Instructions on how to complete this process can be found in the registration pages.

Transfers will be allowed for races of the same distance or a shorter distance.  Transfers to longer distances can be done with the new participant paying the difference between the races costs based on the cost at the time of the transfer and not at the time of the original purchase.  There will be a $2.00 transfer fee for all transfers.

  • REQUIRED:  Bring a headlamp for the race. We don't know your comfort levels with running in darkness. Even though the path will be lit with some lights, it's still dark. It's not perfect lighting for seeing anything that might be an obstruction or bad footing for you. Keep in mind that you will be running through the night, so common sense should play a factor here. You can always just leave your headlamp in your drop bag after a couple loops if you're okay with it. 

  • Yes, you can have Crew and Pacers.  Crew can set up in any area, unless it is considered a restricted area as marked by signs. There are plenty of grassy areas along the course.

  • Pacers should keep in mind that the path is not very wide and everyone should practice proper running etiquette when running side by side and passing.

  • Aid Station is off limits to crew and pacers unless you're getting aid for your runner – The aid station is for timed event runners only.

  • 4-6-12 hour runners can place their drop bags under the Drop Bag canopies near the Start/Finish line.  All bags should be clearly marked with name, race, and bib number

  • The park has permitted us to allow runners to bring their own canopy or camping tents, chairs, and coolers starting Saturday afternoon around 12:00 pm

  • We are not responsible for any lost or stolen item

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