About the 9th annual Run the D.O.G. Street 5K, Saturday April 21, 2018


Volunteers, Runners and CRR Team Members needed for this Saturday’s

9th annual Run the D.O.G. Street 5K,

a Colonial Road Runners Grand Prix Event

a Hampton Roads Super Grand Prix Event

Virginia RRCA State 5K Championship Event

Saturday, April 21, 2018


This popular CRR event is organized and timed by Colonial Sports and race director Jim Elder, and will be a Jaguar chip-timed event (no pull tags collected) with three wave starts this year (wheelchair at 7:25 a.m., main field at 7:30 a.m., SHIP runners at 7:35 a.m.). Last year’s race had a record 1,500 entrants this year, and 1,276 official finishers.

CRR Finish Line Volunteers needed for Saturday’s Run the D.O.G. 5K.


Runners and volunteers needed for this Saturday’s Duke of Gloucester Street Challenge, the “Run the D.O.G.” 5K through the streets of Colonial Williamsburg, and the College of William and Mary


To volunteer for the Colonial Road Runners finish line crew, email or phone Rick Platt at: rickplatt1@juno.com, phone 757-229-7375, cell 757-345-1431

All CRR Volunteers will receive a beautiful volunteer shirt, courtesy of Colonial Sports, the race organizers.

With the races starting this year at 7:30 a.m. (5K run/walk) and 7:00 a.m. (1 mile fun run/walk), finish line volunteers are asked to report around 6:30 a.m. or so to the finish line at the intersection of Duke of Gloucester Street and Nassau Street (a half block down from the William and Mary Barnes & Noble Bookstore). Allow additional time for parking, and getting to the finish line area.

For those helping with the setup and teardown, race director Jim Elder says he’d like the finish line CRR chute material and the CRR finish line clock in place by 6:15 a.m. Jim says he also “could use one CRR member to help set up the Start Line at 4 a.m. and one for the Finish Line also at 4 a.m.

Besides that, Jim requests that the CRR will have the usual two Time Machine timers, bib number recorders, the select time recorder, and four CRR volunteers for chute control (to keep the area clear and avoid backups). The one mile fun run will not be timed but Jim requests that the CRR crew run that race (Jim will be at the start line preparation).

When confirming whether or not you can volunteer Saturday, please indicate to Rick which volunteer jobs you’d like to do, including the early setup, or the race finish line.


How to still enter the DOG Street 5K race week


For those wanting to run the 5K, online registration is closed, but late registration is available Thursday or Friday at the Colonial Sports store at 1303 Jamestown Road, Suite #111 (next to Re-Store). Early race packet pickup and final late registration will be on Friday from 12 noon to 6 p.m. at Colonial Sports. There will absolutely be no race day registration.

Early Packet pick up is at the Store at 1303 Jamestown Rd. Williamsburg, Va 23185 from 12 PM to 6 PM.  Any Packets not picked up Friday will be at the Start line for Sat pick up from 6:45 Am to 7:30 AM.

How to join one of the Colonial Road Runners affiliated teams

There are five teams entered in the race for Colonial Road Runners members, and you can still join one of those teams up until 6 p.m. on Friday. Details on modifying your team category are below.

The main team is “CRR” (open to all, no matter the expected time), and we are trying to move up in the standings for most team members (there is an award plaque for this category). So no matter what your expected time, you can help the CRR by joining this “CRR” team. No way will we win the team participation award (757 Swim has an outstanding 88 entrants, followed by W&M ROTC with 46 and CW Fife and Drum with 21), but we can move up a few spots with your help.

The “GWDRC” team (Greater Williamsburg Distance Running Club, the youth training and racing group affiliated with the CRR) currently has 15 entries. David Glass is the team leader.

The “CRR Open Men” team, with team leader Roger Hopper, is for men age 39-and-under who can run sub-6:00 pace per mile (18:36 for the 5K).

The “CRR Masters Men” team, with team leader Rick Platt, is for men 40-and-over, who can break 20 minutes for the 5K (sub 6:30 pace per mile).

The “JHS Running” team, led by Paul Glass, is for students at Jamestown High School.

Please join the appropriate team by going to your RunSignUp.com entry and modifying or choosing your team category. Here’s the link for how to do that:


Additional race details below.


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Williamsburg – Run the D.O.G. Street Challenge 5K, 7:30 a.m.; 1 mile fun run, 7 a.m.; Merchants Square. $1,500 in prize money ($350-200-100 to top three overall men and women, $100 to first Masters, 40+, male and female). USATF certified course (VA-10013-RT). Jim Elder, Colonial Sports (757-253-0277). Email: jim@colonialsportscustom.com or Rick Platt, Colonial Road Runners (757-229-7375, cell 757-345-1431). Email: rickplatt1@juno.com. Website: www.colonialroadrunners.org. A Colonial Road Runners Grand Prix Event. A Hampton Roads Super Grand Prix Event. Virginia RRCA 2018 State 5K Championship.

The 9th annual Run the D.O.G. Street 5K, the first road race to use the historic streets of Colonial Williamsburg, is set for this Saturday, April 21, 2018, with a course through Colonial Williamsburg and the College of William and Mary.

The one mile fun run will start things off Saturday at 7:00 a.m. with an out-and-back of Duke of Gloucester Street. The 5K race starts at 7:30 a.m.


Time Schedule


Friday, April 21 – Packet pickup and final late registration at Colonial Sports 1303 Jamestown Road, Suite 111, Williamsburg, VA 23185), from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m., for both 5K and 1 mile.

Saturday, April 22 –

6:00 a.m. to 6:45 a.m. – race-day packet pickup

7:00 a.m. – 1 mile fun run starts (at the finish line)

7:25 a.m. – 5K wheel chair start

7:30 a.m. – 5K run/walk starts

7:35 a.m. – 5K Run/walk SHIP start (youth runners in the W/JCC SHIP program)

9:00 a.m. – awards ceremony

$40 entry fee on Thursday or Friday only at the Colonial Sports store. Late registration, and packet pickup 12 noon-6 p.m. Friday.

$15 entry fee for 1 mile fun run/walk until April 20th or at packet pickup.

There is no race day registration for either the 5K or the 1 mile fun run.

Race director: Jim Elder, Colonial Sports, 757-253-0277. Email: jim@colonialsportscustom.com

The Virginia state resident 5K record was set in the 2010 Run the D.O.G. race by Ed Moran of Williamsburg, William and Mary’s 4-time All-American, who ran a time of 14:13.

Hosted and timed by Colonial Sports, with proceeds going to Angels of Mercy Medical Clinic.

A Healthy Heart and Healthy Minds Event for Healthy Communities

Course: The certified course will run from Prince George Street through the William and Mary campus (via James Blair Drive), and then up Scotland Street, around the Governor’s Palace, up Nicholson and around the old Capitol Building, and then finishes downhill along the Duke of Gloucester Street. The finish is at the intersection of Duke of Gloucester Street and Nassau Street.