Run for the Dogs


Nov 05, 2022 at 8:30 AM

Run for the Dogs

3645 Rocky Face Church Road

Hiddenite NC, 28636


Entry Fee $10
(Lowest or Early Registration)

Entry Fee 2 $15
(Highest or Late Registration)

Prize Money: no


  • 4M
  • 8M
  • 12M

Type: Trail

Percent of the course on un-paved trails: 90%

First Year of the Event: 2017


The Run for the Dogs Trail Race is being held in conjunction with the Rocky Face Rock Climbing Festival. All races start at 8:30 AM at the new Rocky Face Park Visitors Center located at 3645 Rocky Face Church Road, Hiddenite, NC 28636. We ask that you bring some dog and/or cat food for the Alexander County Animal Shelter.

Rocky Face Park Visitors Center
3645 Rocky Face Church Road
Hiddenite, NC 28636

4 miles, 8 miles, and 12 miles

$10 for any distance if postmarked by October 31, 2019. There is an additional $5 fee for all races after October 31, 2019 including race day. T-shirts are not included in the registration fee. Please include an additional $10 if you would like a long sleeved t-shirt. Race t-shirts are not guaranteed after October 31, 2019.

Make checks payable to Alexander County. No refunds. Mail check and completed entry form to:

Run for the Dogs
621 Liledoun Road
Taylorsville, NC 28681

All proceeds from these races will go to the Alexander County Animal Shelter

The start and finish line of each 4 mile loop is at the new Rocky Face Park Visitors Center. Each loop travels up Grindstone Trail to the top. At this intersection, the loop continues straight across and down Prison Camp Trail to the bottom. The trail takes a sharp left and up Buzzard Trail to Hollow Rock Trail up to Grindstone Trail, turning right and back by the Rocky Face Park Visitors Center, continuing on Grindstone to the paved Quarry Trail turning left around by the picnic shelter, turning right at Rascal Trail for a short distance, turning back right on Quarry Trail, then back left on Grindstone Trail to the finish at the new center. Each loop measures 4+ miles of hills, roots, rock, mud, asphalt, downhills, and fun! All turns will be marked.

Special awards go to the top 3 overall males and females in all races. Masters awards will be presented to the first male and female over 40 finishers in each race. All finishers will receive a custom finisher medal.
Race numbers and shirts may be picked up at the new Rocky Face Park Visitors Center (3645 Rocky Face Church Road, Hiddenite, NC 28636) on Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 7:00 AM until 8:00 AM (race morning).

Late registrations will also be accepted at that time. Race day registration will be available at the Visitors Center from 7:00 AM until 8:00 AM on Saturday, November 2, 2019.
From U.S. 64 East (from Taylorsville) turn left onto Millersville Road or from U.S. 64 West (from Statesville) take a right onto Millersville Road and travel to the stop sign. Take a left onto Highway 90 and then a right onto White Plains Road. Travel to the stop sign and take a right onto Rocky Springs Road. Turn left onto Rocky Face Church Road. The Rocky Face Park Visitors Center will be located to your right.


No photos available.


Past Event Dates

Held on Nov 05, 2022

Held on Nov 06, 2021

Held on Nov 07, 2020

Held on Nov 02, 2019

Held on Nov 03, 2018

Held on Nov 04, 2017

Event Results