See how you stack up against other outdoor enthusiasts in the region.

Endurance runners after 12 hours

A variety of competitions are offered to satisfy the interests of everyone from those looking for a friendly challenge to those seeking an intense experience. Pros, amateurs and everyone in between will be competing for the podium.

Our events are spectator friendly, so even if competing isn’t your style, watching a competition can be fun for the whole family!

Subaru DockDogs National Sportsmen Series Competition


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The World’s Premier Canine Aquatics Competition featuring Big Air, Extreme Vertical and Speed Retrieve! We welcome new and experienced dogs to participate. Register online at

Saturday October 6, 2018

11:00 – Onsite Registration/Practice
12:00 – Big Air Wave # 1
1:30 – Big Air Wave # 2
3:00 – Big Air Wave # 3
4:30 – Extreme Vertical (All in One Finals)
6:00 – Big Air Wave # 4
7:30 – Big Air Wave # 5

Sunday October 7, 2018

10:00 – Onsite Registration/Practice
11:00 – Big Air Wave # 6
12:30 – Practice in between waves
1:00 – Speed Retrieve (All in One)
3:00 – Big Air Finals (Pro, Semi Pro, Contender & Amateur Finals)

More information and registration


The Competition

The Handlers Meeting will be called approximately 15 minutes before each wave. At this meeting, the running order will be given out as to which group and number within that group you will be. Depending upon the size of the wave, there could be up to 4 groups with up to 10 in each group. Each group will be run in order with each dog within the group jumping once, getting back in line and then jumping the second time. Generally at the start of the second jump within the group, the announcer will call for the next group to get ready. Please stay attentive to announcements to ensure you do not miss your jump.

Once the wave is complete the results will be posted within 10-15 minutes. Your score will be the best of your two jumps. Awards are given out for each wave within each division.


There are two Finals formats for Big Air Finals: the Divisional format, which most clubs participate in, and the 3-tier National format (which is used for all National events except the Regional and World Championships and is the format Buckeye currently uses).

For Divisional Finals the top six (6) dogs from each division for the event compete. The divisions are Novice (0′ – 9’11”), Junior (10′ – 14’11”), Senior (15′ – 19’11”), Master (20′ – 22’11”), Elite (23′ – 24’11”) and Super Elite (25′ and above).

The 3-tier Finals have three divisions: Amateur, Semi Pro and Pro. The top six (6) dogs up to 17’11” qualify for Amateur; top six (6) from 18′ – 21’11” for Semi Pro; and the top six (6) dogs 22′ and above qualify for the Pro Finals.

Extreme Vertical is run as a wave/finals all in one, as is Speed Retrieve unless there are enough teams competing to hold two heats.

About DockDogs

DockDogs fun jumps, competitions, demonstrations and training sessions are a good way to meet other handlers and learn the tips and techniques of the sport. Our members-only cookouts are family friendly and a great place to swap dog stories. (We’re always looking for locations for these events, and want your suggestions.) And our annual members-only banquet is a blast.

What To Bring
  • Water and bowl: While events may provide water for your dogs, it’s always a good idea to bring your own just in case.
  • Keep in mind that some dogs are particular about the water they drink.
  • Food or snacks for you and your dog; enough said.
  • Dog Crate: If you plan to spend the day, it’s always nice to have a crate so your dog can rest and you can relax or watch the competition.
  • Your Dog’s Favorite Toy: You are more likely to have success if your dog is going after its favorite toy. Keep in mind that toys must be floatable and retrievable and must not be or ever have been alive.
  • Chair: a place for you to relax.
  • Acceptable collar and 4-ft. leash: Only flat buckle collars or material-only martingale style collars are allowed on the dock. Leashes can be no more than 4 feet in length.
  • Poop Bags: All competitors are expected to pick up after their dogs. This cannot be stressed enough, as it can make the difference in a venue inviting DockDogs back. Many events will provide these but always bring your own to be sure.
  • Towels or shammies: It’s important to dry your dog off after it competes, especially in cooler weather. The shammies used for drying your vehicles are an excellent choice as they can easily be wrung out.
  • Dry clothes and shoes for yourself: You never know when you might get wetter than expected.
  • Shade Canopy: These keep the sun and rain off you and your pet.
Registration and Check-In

Register online or onsite.

Pre-Registration Entry Fees
$27.00/ team per Big Air, $27.00/ team per Speed Retrieve wave, $27.00/ team per Extreme Vertical – For Adult $12.00/ team per Big Air, $27.00/team per Speed Retrieve wave, $27.00/ team per Extreme Vertical – For Youth

On-Site Registration Entry Fees
$30.00/ team per Big Air, $30.00/ team per Speed Retrieve wave, $30.00/ team per Extreme Vertical – For Adult $15.00/ team per Big Air, $30.00/ team per Speed Retrieve wave, $30.00/ team per Extreme Vertical – For Youth

NAPRA Super Wade Challenge

Calling all anglers!

Are you ready for a challenge?

To celebrate the great rivers in the Miami Valley, NAPRA, the National Association of Professional River Anglers, is hosting its annual Super Wade as part of the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience.  The event, open to river anglers 18 and up, will be held Saturday October 5th on the waters of the Mad River from 8am to 2pm.  Anglers will track their 5 biggest fish caught and see if their totals will make them the best of the event.  Deadline to sign up is Sunday, September 29th. Cost is $20.00.

Get information, rules and register here.


ORRRC 12-Hour Endurance Run


Saturday 6 AM – 6 PM

Imagine thousands of spectators cheering experienced runners on as they run for 12 hours during Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience! Runners will enjoy a 2.6-mile loop course with flat terrain passing through grassy fields, wooded trail and river corridor views. The course will pass the festival on each lap to inspire athletes to finish strong and keep on moving! This is by far the most advanced competition of the festival.

This race is hosted by the Ohio River Road Runners Club

Course specifics:

4% bike path, 96% grass / trail double track.

About 35% of the course will be run along the outside of the Festival. TONS of spectators to keep you moving. You won’t be lonely. You won’t be bored!
Course map
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SUP Surf Competition

SUP on Mad River Run

Whitewater SUP Competitions hosted by Surf Dayton


Sunday, 1 PM (Racer Meeting at 12:45 PM)
Location: First wave at Mad River Run

Mens and Women’s open class
There will be open heats with everyone going in the order that is given. You have 1 minute per surf to show your best tricks, style, and cool wave entries. Everyone will get 5 surfs and you will be judged on your 3 best surfs. Each surfer enters the wave and surfs for up to one minute at a time. Once you blow off the wave (or your minute is up) the next-ready rider enters.

Note: Competitors should know how to surf, have some experience and be able to get in the wave consistently. If you’re new to SUP surfing, join one of the open SUP demos. Helmet, and PFDs are required. Leashes and shoes are highly recommended.

Online Registration 
$35 for early registration/$45 day of registration
NO REFUNDS (unless canceled due to weather or water levels)

Registration will cover you for one or all SUP comps if you choose. You will also receive a goodie bag filled with swag. The registration also covers the costs for trophies and prizes.

Questions? Contact

SUP Downriver Race

SUP Downriver Race

Sunday, 9:30AM (Races Meet at 9:10AM at the Harshman put-in)

Race will start at Harsmman Rd. put in and will be a 4.2 mile down river race to Riverscape Metropark. No buoy turns, just a straight down river race with 3 drops (class I-II) Race will be a mass start and boards must be 11’ or under. (Helmets and PFDs are required) We will provide shuttle back to Eastwood from Riverscape after the race.

Online Registration 
$35 for early registration/$45 day of registration
NO REFUNDS (unless canceled due to weather or water levels)

Registration will cover you for one or all SUP comps if you choose. You will also receive a goodie bag filled with swag. The registration also covers the costs for trophies and prizes.

SUP Cross Race

Whitewater SUP Competitions hosted by Surf Dayton


Saturday, 2PM (competitors meet at the Surf Dayton booth at 1:45 PM)

In what has quickly become the most spectator friendly SUP competition on the river, SUP Cross is head to head racing through gates or around Buoys at the Mad River Run. 4-5 athletes will battle at a time(and they will be battling!) through a technical course as we pair down the paddlers to the top 4 for a winner take all final. Rubbing is racing!

There will be a Men’s and Women’s open division. Everyone will race at least twice. Top 2 of each qualifying heat will advance. There will be a last chance bracket where the winner will be thrown back in the mix at chance to compete for that podium spot.

Notice: Paddlers should have whitewater experience. Helmet, and PFDs are required, no leashes. Shoes are highly recommended.

$35 for early registration/$45 day of registration
NO REFUNDS (unless canceled due to weather or water levels.)
Registration will cover you for one or both events if you choose. You will also receive a goodie bag filled with swag. The registration also covers the costs for trophies and prizes.

Questions? Contact

Ruff Run 5K hosted by Runners Plus


Saturday 10 AM (open race) 10:10 AM (dog division)

Bring the family, bring the dog and enjoy the Ruff Run 5K presented by Runners Plus. We have a division for you! Hard core runners and those up for a leisurely stroll will enjoy the course around Eastwood MetroPark offering a unique, off-road experience. You will run through grassy fields, along tree-lined trails and near the Mad River. Registration includes T-shirt, and a portion of the proceeds benefit SICSA Pet Adoption Center.

  • Early registration is $20 (through October 4) and $25 after.
  • All runners should check in at the information tent inside the festival entrance.
  • Awards to the top three men’s and women’s overall and overall masters and top dog! Medals to top 3 in each age group.

Find out more and register here.


Rock the Night Hunt, brought to you by Great Miami Outfitters

October 5, 2019 competitors meet at the Great Miami Outfitters Backcountry Outpost at 7:15 for a 7:30 race start.

As night falls on the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience, the “Rock the Night Hunt” will kick off. Participants will line up around the custom rock range and when the whistle blows at 7:30 sharp, you’ll enter a mad dash to find and collect as many specially marked rocks as possible in 20 minutes!

You can pre-register for $10.00 here, or register at the Great Miami Outfitters Backcountry Outpost the day of the hunt.

  • Rocks are painted with a special reflective paint to be seen with your headlamp
  • All rocks have a number
  • The more rocks you find, the greater chance to win one of over $500 worth of sweet outdoor prizes
  • Prize raffle will take place immediately following the Rock the Night Hunt at the Great Miami Outfitters Backcountry Outpost

Bring a headlamp or plan to purchase one at the Outpost for 20% off, valid to registered participants only.

This is a HEADLAMP ONLY hunt. Only headlamps will be permissible as a source of light during the hunt. No handheld flashlights, cellphones, or other luminary devices will be permitted. Breaking this rule is grounds for disqualification from the prize raffle.

For safety purposes, a headlamp is required.

  • All entry sales are final. No exchanges, returns, refunds or store credit.
  • This is an all-weather event. Come rain or moonlight.
  • All registrants must sign the official Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience waiver (near main entrance at Info Central)
  • Participants are encouraged to bring their own bag, bucket, basket, Osprey backpack or other container for carrying found rocks. One will not be provided for you. In a pinch, we recommend making a pouch from the front of your shirt.
  • Hunt limited to first 50 registrants.
  • Employees of Five Rivers MetroParks outdoor recreation team and Great Miami Outfitters are not eligible to participate. Friends and family, however, are encouraged!

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