Join us with your furry friend for a walk or run in the park!

Date: Sunday 24th September 2017

Schedule of Events:

9am – 9:45am Runner + Canine Check in
9:55am: Briefing
10am Barkfest starts
10.30am BBQ starts
11am Presentation
12pm course closes
Fast n the Furryous
Stretch your legs and try to keep up with your Canine as you do a 5km loop around the trails of Gateway Island. Walk or Jog it!

Distance: There are two distances on offer. The Dog Jog – 3km and the Fast n the Furryous – 5km. Both courses are around the Gateway island Trail network. Both courses will be signed and marked for ease of travel on the day.

Aid Station: There will be an Aid station on the course for both pups and their owners. This will be a drinks station with water available.

Cost: Dog Jog – 3km – $15 per person. Fast n the Furryous – 5km – $20 per person. Participating dogs must be on a lead and in the control of an entrant!

Enter: HERE Entries are now open!

Start Location: Circus Space, Gateway Island, Victoria. Parking is in and around Gateway Island.

3km Dog Jog Map
A clockwise loop around the trail network at Gateway island. This event is suitable for both runners and walkers.

What: In 2017, Barkfest will consist of a “Canine and Owner” Fun Run which includes two distances. At the finish line participants will be able to relax and enjoy a bbq and chatter with friends both new and old.

Why: PAW believes the parklands and reserves in and around Albury Wodonga area provide a positive interaction with nature for people and their pets and wish to engage the community in a way which ensures that both residents and visitors to the parklands are increased and further that awareness of the parklands facilities is communicated. Dog ownership improves health and wellbeing, as does connecting with nature and like-minded community members. PAW has put the two together. PAW will use Barkfest as an annual fundraiser for local environmental work which contributes directly to the wellbeing and recreation of community.

5km Fast n the Furryous Map
Run, walk or mix it up – this 5km flat run takes in the paths in and around Gateway Island.

Who: Parklands Albury Wodonga is heading the Border Barkfest with a view for an annual contribution to community. PAW is a non profit organisation charged with the duties of conservation and positive community interaction. You can check out PAWs website here:

The Future: In 2018 Barkfest will be on Sunday 23rd September and in addition to celebrating Canines, will be a full festival with the following attractions:

· Fashion Parade

· Tricks competition

· The Fast and the Furryous dog fun run

· Dog related Market Stalls

· Obedience

· Flyball demonstration

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A Community Event
Barkfest is a proud initiative of Parklands Albury Wodonga.

· Sled dog demonstrations

· Kids activities including face painting and jumping castle

· Food stalls

If you are interested in being involved as a stall holder in 2017 or 2018 – please email Sean Greenhill, Event Development Ranger – or call 0409 047 714.

Course Description:

Long Course: From the Circus Space, runners, walkers and dogs travel a full clockwise loop round Gateway Island.

Short Course: A shorter clockwise loop round Gateway Island.

Contact: If you would like to be a supporter or sponsor of Barkfest or one of the 2017 Fun Runs, please contact Sean Greenhill, Event Development Ranger – or call 0409 047 714.