Tails on the Trail

Presented by Ark-Valley Humane Society, Salida Recreation and the Salida Dog Club

Take Advantage of Early Registration Prices & Register for the Race Here!


Our 1st Tails on the Trail 5k Run/Walk for Animals will be held on

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Race Starts at Loyal Duke’s Dog Park in Salida at 9:00 a.m.

Check in starts at 8:00 a.m.


April 23– Last day guaranteed to receive a race t-shirt with registration
May 17-Early registration ends. After May 17, Adult 5K Registration goes up to $30 and Youth 5K Registration goes up to $15 and will be accepted at the event
May 20– Race Day! Race starts at 9AM, registration starts at 8AM at Loyal Duke’s Dog Park

A brief history on Loyal Duke, a loved dog who inspired this race

This information was provided by Friends of Loyal Duke

In 1889, an American Water Spaniel named Duke made the Salida train depot his office; meeting and greeting the trains coming through. Duke would visit around town as well as wander up Tenderfoot Hill with visitors. Duke was adopted by the manager of the Hotel Monte Cristo, which sat right between the narrow-gauge tracks and the river. At the opera, the residents would let Duke in the back door and he’d take naps behind the curtain. He would go to dances, plays, and when he was young, he would even chase home run balls at the baseball games. Duke was Salida’s ambassador for 13 years; welcoming visitors and accompanying the locals. Loyal Duke passed away on October 2, 1902. His loyalty to the town earned him the name we remember him by now – Loyal Duke.