The 2018 Annual Running of the Pugs

I love a good charity event that involves pugs and their people coming together. The 2018 Annual Running of the Pugs was no different. There were loads of pugs, we’re talking a good 50 or more, and their humans all there to have some fun and raise some money for a local dog rescue.

Forget Running of the Bulls

The Annual Running of the Pugs is in it’s 4th year of running and each year it keeps getting bigger and bigger. It started as an event hosted by one of the Sydney based pug meet groups, Campbelltown Pugs & South West, where they had about 10 or so pugs get together to have a race and raise some money for Denise at Paws, a small Sydney dog rescue group.

This year’s Running of the Pugs was bigger and better. The groups organisers did a great job with getting donations for a raffle, prizes & medals for winners of races, treats for puggos turning up and an amazing dog friendly cake for the day. The local newspaper did a great article on the event that led to Weekend Sunrise doing a live cross over on TV to share the awesomeness of Running of the Pugs.

Check out the Weekend Sunrise video!

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Watch Running of the Pugs

So what exactly is Running of the Pugs? Humans take their pugs to one end of the track whilst another human holds bribes at the other end for the pugs to run toward and when the whilst blows, the pugs run wild. Some run straight to their other humans, some run in circles, others stroll along and some wander off. There are even upg collisions if their not careful.

This year there were a number of different races for pugs to enter. There was the all pugs race, the pug cross race, the golden oldie & disabled pugs race, an all breeds race, a non pug race for siblings of pugs and a couple of free for alls just to have some fun.

Not only was there loads of fun for all the pugs and their humans, the group did an amazing job of raising $690 for Denise at Paws. The 2019 Annual Running of the Pugs will be an event in the Sydney Pug Calender that you won’t want to miss.

The 2018 Annual Running of the Pugs |

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Kristy Beck

Kristy Beck

Owner & Content Producer at The Pug Diary
Kristy is the founder and editor of The Pug Diary, a photographer and pug mum extraordinaire to Ref + Serina. Kristy has combined her passion for photography with the love of pugs to bring you all of her knowledge of pugs and more to you through The Pug Diary.


  1. Avatar Michelle on August 20, 2018 at 8:18 am

    Ohhh my goodness! What an amazing event!!! 🙂
    I live in Canada, Ontario. I would love for my pug, James to attend such an event!! Very cool experience.

    • Kristy Beck Kristy Beck on August 21, 2018 at 1:43 pm

      It was so fun. And then I saw about the one over in Berlin that had over 200 pugs. So cool.

  2. Avatar Jacqueline Nehring on August 21, 2018 at 10:48 am

    I love The Pug Diary. I had pugs for 16 years. My 10 year old black pug William became seriously sick and I had him put down May 2nd of this year. My 5 year old fawn pug Julien was lost without his buddy since he had been with him since he was 10 weeks old. I thought I did the right thing by giving him to a vet who had pets. He would have companions again and be well cared for. In retrospect I regret my decision. I am pugless now and still mourning the loss of my special boys. The Pug Diary makes me feel connected to the world of pugs again. It was a privilege to share my life with pugs. I never felt so loved as I did by my pugs. I am grateful to have discovered The Pug Diary. Thank you.

    Jackie Nehring
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA

    • Kristy Beck Kristy Beck on August 21, 2018 at 1:49 pm

      Jacqueline, you have absolutely made my day. Thank you for sharing your story. I’m sorry that you are without pugs at the moment but what makes you an amazing pug parent is you put the needs of Julien first after loosing William. I am sure you will be surround by pugs again in due time.

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