World Dog Day Charity Run


You will receive 20 points for entering this challenge


  • DATE: 26th August 2024
  • WHERE: Anywhere
  • HOW: Run, walk or jog
  • DISTANCES ACCEPTED: 1k, 5k, 10k, 10 miles, half or full marathon

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World Dog Day Charity Run

World Dog Dog Charity Run

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Calling all dog lovers! We are pleased to introduce our brand new charity run to celebrate World Dog Day on 26th August 2024.

An estimated 11 million adults in the UK own a dog which shows just how much dogs are loved. 

Here are some amazing facts about dogs: Dogs smells are 40x better than humans. They can even smell diseases such as diabetes and cancer. Dogs can sniff at the same time as breathing. Dogs don’t sweat like humans do. Sweat ducts in dogs’ paws are activated when it is too hot and helps to keep their body temperature cool. Because of dogs’ “sweaty feet”, they leave wet footprints. Dogs have three eyelids. Along with their noses, dog’s hearing are super sensitive. Dogs have 18 muscles controlling their ears. 

We are proud to support Dogs Trust with their work by donating 10% of all race entry fees.


Run, walk or jog any distance on 26th August 2024 (World Dog Day). We accept treadmill activities.


Receive a beautiful white aluminium finishers medal with a plain coloured ribbon

Click on our FAQs section if you have any more questions or send us a message through our Contact Us page.

When you’ve completed this challenge, why not share your achievement with other runners by posting your activity and photos on our social media channels. This is a great way to share your accomplishment and encourage others.

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As we get older, our bodies change. Our metabolism slows down as we age which leads to weight gain, fatigue or lack of energy, physical stiffness and general weakness. Bones lose density and can result in diagnosis of osteoporosis. The good news is we have a way to combat and slow down this from happening.

An active life is vital to stay fit and healthy. Vigorous activities, like running not only helps people with changing your mood and helps with mental health issues, but it can also improve body strength and balance. Running can also prevent or delay diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, or osteoporosis. There is also research to support running may improve cognitive function (how the way the brain works).


Sending your evidence to us couldn’t be easier. You can either take a photo of your watch or treadmill display with the stats from your run. Alternatively, you can take a screenshot of your completed activity on your running or exercise app.

Go to our submission form, complete the fields and upload your evidence. 

After your evidence has been sent, you should receive an on-screen confirmation. That’s it! 

evidence on a phone


As well as providing an incentive to stay fit and healthy, our virtual races can be a fantastic way to spread awareness and raise money for a worthy charity. 

Charities tend to struggle, especially when something out of the ordinary happens like COVID. The work they do is in many cases, paramount in helping people manage with life-changing conditions or helping researching cures for diseases.  This is why we encourage people to pick a charity which is close to their heart and support them by fundraising. 

It’s easy to get started and signing up for one of our virtual challenges is the first step. Find a race here

Once you have entered a race, then why not create a fundraising page with JustGiving or GoFundMe.

When you create your fundraising page, it’s a good idea to make it personal. Explain the reason you are raising money for your charity, give people some background about what your chosen charity does and tell people about what you are aiming to accomplish.

The next step would be to share. Social media platforms are still an excellent way to tell others about your fundraising. And don’t forget to ask friends, family and work colleagues to sponsor you.

Don’t forget to keep everybody up-to-date with your progress. Posting screenshots of your activities is a great way to let people know how you’re getting on. Posting a photo of your medal at the end of your challenge is also a great way to encourage others to either support you by donating or gives them the incentive to start their own fundraising.


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We delivery finishers medals worldwide using standard Royal Mail. There are options to have your medals posted by recorded delivery within the UK. We will email the tracking reference number once the medal has been despatched.

Postage is FREE shipping of medals in the United Kingdom on orders over £30.00.

Postage charges incur an extra cost for entries outside the UK. There may also be extra import duty charges and customs taxes depending on your country. You are reliable to pay such charges. The Running Bug is unable to advise on these charges as they differ from country to country. We recommend you contact your local tax office.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does this virtual challenge work?

A virtual challenge is done on a particular date or dates and sometimes at a specified distance. You can run, jog or walk, as fast or as slow as you like, anywhere you want. You’re in complete control. Once you have completed your challenge, send us your evidence and we will send you a medal for your achievement. 

Can I still enter this challenge if I don't live in the UK?

Yes you can. However, please note that there may be increased postage charge as medals are sent at Royal Mail’s international rates. 

There may also be extra import duty and custom taxes depending on your country. The Running Bug is unable to advise on these charges as there differ from country to country. We recommend you contact your local tax office. 

Where do I send my evidence for this challenge?

Complete and attach your evidence to our secure submission form on our Submit Your Evidence page. You can take a screenshot of your activity from any running, walking or exercise app and attach it onto the form. We also accept camera photos of treadmill displays. 

What happens after my challenge?

Once you have submitted your evidence, we will post out a medal after the challenge has completed, to the address provided when you originally booked this challenge. Medals for a UK-address are posted by Royal Mail either by 1st or 2nd class delivery, depending on which postage option you selected at checkout.

Please allow extra time to receive your medal during holiday periods and take into account possible delays due to unprecedented circumstances such as pandemics or strike action.

Tell me about your medals

The medal for this virtual challenge is made from solid, white aluminium material with digital colour printing and a plain colour ribbon. Photos of our medals are usually on our product pages.  

Should you have any further questions, please see our FAQs section on our Contact Us page or use the contact form to get in touch with us. 

On behalf of everybody at The Running Bug, we thank you for your custom and hope you enjoy your virtual challenges.


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