An older woman kneels on pavement, smiling as she laces up her shoes. She is looking at a yellow lab standing next to her whose leash she is holding

Bark & Brew 5K

Presented by Chief Financial Credit Union

Join us as we kick off the start of summer with the Bark & Brew 5K! In-person racers will enjoy a beautiful 5K route starting at Rochester Municipal Park and winding through the Paint Creek Trail.

Can’t make it to Rochester on race day? You can still participate in the Bark & Brew 5K wherever you are with our virtual race option! Share your experience on social media using the hashtag #barkandbrew5K.

Each race participant will receive a swag bag with a Bark & Brew 5K t-shirt, Bark & Brew 5K medal, Leader Dog face mask, a gift certificate for Griffin Claw Brewing Company (good for anytime!) and more!

After you finish your race, head over to Griffin Claw Brewing Company to enjoy your gift certificate and their amazing food!

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are offering four (4) waves to choose from. Each wave is capped at 100 participants and starts every 30 minutes beginning at 8:30 a.m. Register now to claim your race day spot!

Want to take your Bark & Brew 5K experience to the next level?

Consider fundraising along the way! Participants who fundraise for Leader Dog through the Bark & Brew 5K and meet certain goals will receive special prizes!

  • Raise $100 and receive a plush Leader Dog puppy
  • Raise $150 and receive a Leader Dog t-shirt
  • Raise $250 and receive a Leader Dog braille travel mug

More Information:

Date: Saturday, June 5, 2021

Time: 8:30 a.m. (first wave), 9 a.m. (second wave), 9:30 a.m. (third wave), 10 a.m. (fourth wave)

Event Location: Race starts and finishes in Rochester Municipal Park, with the course winding around Paint Creek Trail and sub-trails.

Please note that dogs other than service animals are not allowed on the race course. Puppy raisers wishing to walk the in-person race with their Future Leader Dog can join the final wave of the race with their FLD.


April 1– May 31: $35

June 1– June 4: $40

Virtual 5K: $43 (includes shipping of swag bag)

In-Person Race Location and Course

400 6th St, Rochester, MI 48307

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