Hair of the DoG 5k & Kids' Fun Run

Coming to Merchants Square in Williamsburg, VA
Monday, January 1, 2018 10AM


5K start 10:00 am, Kids Run start 11:15 AM
Duke of Gloucester Street, Merchants Square

About Race

This New Year's Day race has a little something for everyone with a competitive 5K race, 5K walking category, fun and festive formal wear race division (pajamas allowed), weight challenge division and Kids' Fun Run. Come on out and celebrate your New Year with us! A portion of the proceeds raised from this event will go to the R.F. Wilkinson Family YMCA. All 5K runners receive a race T-shirt, custom finisher medal, post-race refreshments, and festive post-race awards ceremony. Kids' Fun Run participants receive a finisher medal and post-race refreshments.

The 11th Annual Hair of the DoG 5k was a great success in 2017 in Williamsburg and we are looking forward to doing it again in 2018 bigger and better, still teaming up with the R.F. Wilkinson Family YMCA as our charity to provide New Year’s revelers with a healthy resolution run to round out their New Year’s celebration in Williamsburg.

Past Race Highlights

Highlights from the 2017 Race

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See photos from the 2017 race here

Event Information

5K start 10:00 am, Kids' Fun Run start 11:15 am
Duke of Gloucester Street, Merchants Square

This race will be timed using the Chronotrack B-tag timing system. No other timing chips can be used. Please click on the following link for B-tag usage instructions.
B-Tag Instructions


The race features a 5K competitive run, 5K race walk and Kids' Fun Run. Each race has awards for top three overall male and female finishers as well as in each age group. All participants receive a race T-shirt and all finishers receive a finisher medal.

5K Run awards go to top three Male & Female Overall, Top three Male & Female Walkers and Top three Male & Female in each age group will receive an award.11 and Under, 12-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and over.

Special Race Categories

Formalwear Division Compete in your formal wear from the night before and vie for overall male and female awards in this division. It looks best if you appear to have slept in them.

Heavy Kevy's Weight ChallegeReport your weight below and your time will be calculated based on seconds per pound. Everyone at every weight has a chance to win in this division. Overall male and female winners in this category will be awarded prizes, and you will still be eligible for age group and overall awards.

5K Course Map

Download a detailed course map here



5K - $30 until Oct. 30; $35 until Nov. 26; $40 until Dec 26 and $45 until race day Kids' Fun Run - $15

Packet Pickup/Race Day Instructions

Packet pickup is only available on race day between the hours of 8:30 and 9:45 on Duke of Gloucester Street in Merchants Square.

Parking is available at the parking deck on Prince George street and legal street parking. Click here to view the parking options.


All participants receive a custom logo race T-shirt and all finishers receive a custom finisher medal.

All participants are treated to a festive post race party with delicious treats, fruit, coffee and adult beverages.

Awards will be presented to age group winners, fastest male and female in the formalwear division and fastest male and female in the weight challenge division

"The sky opened up, a beam of golden sun poured through the clouds, and cherubs showered the earth with the manna of victory"

Lost in the Woods Running


Race Day:

Race morning packet pickup and late registration will occur between the hours of 8:30 and 9:45 AM in Merchants Square.

Parking is available at the parking deck on Prince George street and legal street parking. Click here to view the parking options.

Coming Soon


The success of MettleEvents races depends on volunteers who give their time and energy in a variety of ways in support of these events. Many volunteer positions for this event still need to be filled. We ask that you, your family or group please consider signing up for one of these positions.

As an event volunteer, you will receive great satisfaction appreciation from your fellow athletes and the event charity R.F. Wilkinson Family YMCA Williamsburg. Volunteering at this event can also provide you or your group with community services hours that may be needed. On top of that each volunteer will receive a free race premium and goodie bag as well as being able to attend a very fun post-race party.

To register as a volunteer for the event, please click on the link below, read through the job descriptions, check the job for which you would like to perform and complete the necessary personal information.


See your 2018 live results and finisher videos here

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