You have the option to purchase up to two of our one-of-a-kind Mutt Strut bandanas when you register for the event. You can purchase additional bandanas at IndyHumane’s Re-Tail Store on-site at the event.
All paid registrants ages 8 and above will receive a t-shirt; however, t-shirts are only available in adult sizes. Children 7 and under participate in the event for free but will not receive a t-shirt.
When you arrive at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, proceed to the Plaza where Mutt Strut volunteers will direct you to the On-Site Registration Area. Here you will complete a registration form, sign an Indianapolis Motor Speedway waiver and pay the registration fee. The on-site registration fee is $40 for ages 16 and over and $25 for ages 8-15. Children 7 and under are free.
NOTE: T-shirts will be available onsite for all paid registrants ages 8 and above while supplies last. Sizes and availability cannot be guaranteed.
When you arrive at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, proceed to the Plaza, where you will be greeted by Mutt Strut volunteers. They will direct you to the Track entrance. You MUST be wearing your wristband in order to enter the Track. It is proof that you have registered. If you have additional donations to turn in, a volunteer or staff member will direct you to the appropriate area.
If you registered for Mutt Strut 2014 on or after April 1, 2014, you will need to collect your T-shirt and wristband on-site at the Speedway.
YES. Mutt Strut registrations can be used as a tax deduction for 2014 income tax purposes. Due to the high number of registrations for this event, the Humane Society of Indianapolis will not send an official tax letter to each registrant. Please save your canceled check, registration confirmation or credit card statement for your records. All donations to individual walkers are also considered tax deductible. IndyHumane will only send letters to individuals who make a donation of $250 or greater. All others are encouraged to save canceled checks, online donation confirmations or credit card statements for their records.
If you register through the Mutt Strut website, you will receive an automated email confirmation that you should keep for 2014 tax purposes. Your email confirmation will also contain a link to your personal participant center – a powerful tool to allow friends, family and co-workers to donate directly to your fundraising effort. If you register offline by phone, fax, or postal mail, please keep a copy of your canceled check for 2014 tax purposes. All offline registrants will receive a confirmation postcard that is simply a reminder for the event.
T-shirts, wristbands and additional event information will be mailed to those who register on or before March 31, 2014. Packets will begin shipping the week of April 1. Registrants who sign up on or after April 1, 2014, will need to pick up their registration materials the day of the event.
NOTE: If you register before Monday, March 31, 2014, and are participating as part of an official corporate pack, you may receive your T-shirt, wristband and additional event information from your Alpha Dog (team captain), at your captain’s discretion. Otherwise, your materials will be mailed. All registrations made after the early pre-registration deadline will need to pick up their t-shirt and wristband on the day of the event. Your captain will communicate directly with you.
You may still pre-register online until midnight on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, you will simply need to pick up your T-shirt and wristband on-site at the Speedway. They will not be mailed to you. The regular pre-registration fee is $35 for ages 16 and over and $20 for ages 8-15. Children ages 7 and under are free, but do not receive a T-shirt. Registration is also available day of the event at $40 for ages 16 and over and $25 for ages 8-15. Senior citizens age 60 or older will receive a $5 discount from the adult registration price offered at the time you register. Again, children 7 and under are free, but do not receive a T-shirt. T-shirts for those that register on-site are on a first-come, first-served basis. Sizes and availability cannot be guaranteed.
All (human) participants over 7 years of age must be registered for the event. The early registration fee (through midnight March 31, 2014) is $30 for ages 16 and over and $15 for ages 8-15. Children 7 and under are free (but do not receive a t-shirt). The regular registration fee (through midnight April 23, 2014) is $35 for ages 16 and over and $20 for ages 8-15. Children 7 and under are free (but do not receive a t-shirt). Senior citizens (60 years of age or older) will receive a $5 discount to their adult registration price no matter when they register. Participants need not register their pets.
NOTE: If you are registering after March 31, 2014, with children under the age of 16 with a different last name, we encourage you to register them with your last name. This will ensure that each of you do not have to stand in two separate check-in lines.
The deadline for early registration is midnight on Monday, March 31, 2014. The early registration fee is $30 for ages 16 and over and $15 for ages 8-15. Children 7 and under are free (but do not receive a t-shirt). The last day for regular pre-registration is Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The regular pre-registration fee is $35 for ages 16 and over and $20 for ages 8-15. Senior citizens age 60 or older will receive a $5 discount from the adult registration price offered at the time you register. Children 7 and under are free (but do not receive a t-shirt). You can register online, or by faxing or mailing a copy of the registration form to the Humane Society of Indianapolis. Completed forms can either be faxed to (317) 876-2428 or mailed to:
Humane Society of Indianapolis
ATTN: Mutt Strut
7929 N. Michigan Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46268
All paper (fax/postal mail) registration forms must be postmarked by April 7, 2014.
Please visit the Help/Solutions Table in the registration area on the day of the event, which will be located at the North Chalet.
If I’m the captain of a Corporate Pack, what do I do when I arrive at the event?
When you arrive at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, proceed to the Plaza where Mutt Strut volunteers will direct you to the Corporate Pack check-in area. When you arrive at the check-in area, please make sure you wear your wristband for quick entry. Don’t forget to stop by the Corporate Team Lounge (located by the concession area in one of the garages) during the event for snacks and drinks for you and your pet.
Corporate Packs are teams affiliated with and managed by an individual within a corporation. Typically, Packs are comprised of staff or clients of the corporation. Packs are asked to raise at least $500 overall to be recognized as an “official” team. If you register before Monday, March 31, 2014 and are participating as part of an official corporate Pack, you may receive your t-shirt, wristband and additional event information directly from your Alpha Dog (team captain). Otherwise, your materials will be mailed. Your captain will communicate directly with you about his/her preferred distribution method. All participants who register after the early pre-registration deadline of March 31, 2014 will pick up their T-shirt and wristband on-site. If your corporation is interested in creating a team, please register as a Corporate Pack through the Mutt Strut website.
If you are not representing a company or organization, but still want to participate as a group, you can form a Family & Friends Pack through the Mutt Strut website.
Can I raise more than the registration fee?
YES, absolutely! We encourage all participants to raise as much money as possible to benefit the animals at IndyHumane. Individuals can donate directly through your Mutt Strut personal webpage. You can also collect donations by check or cash and use the offline donation form to track them. All checks should be made payable to the “Humane Society of Indianapolis,” and we ask that you include the donor’s full name and address along with the gift amount on the donation form.
What is the fundraising deadline?
We will accept Mutt Strut donations through Saturday, May 31, 2014. If you are competing in the Top Dog contest, all of your donations must be received by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, to be counted. If you are a member of a Pack or are an individual not competing for the Top Dog competition, all donations collected through the day of the event will be counted toward fundraising incentives.
How do I get to my personal fundraising webpage?
Log in to the participant center and enter your username and password. If you don’t have your username and/or password, you will be instructed how to retrieve them from this page.
If I register offline (phone/fax/postal mail) can I still create a personal fundraising webpage?
YES. Once your registration is processed, you will receive an email with login information to the participant center. We encourage you to register online through the Mutt Strut website to receive your login information immediately.
Can I use the Facebook feature on my personal fundraising page to fundraise?
Due to changes in Facebook, this is no longer possible. However, you can still post links directly to your personal fundraising page encouraging individuals to donate. Simply copy the URL from your browser when you’re on your personal fundraising page and share it on Facebook.
How do I find another registrant’s fundraising page so that I may support their Mutt Strut efforts?
Visit the Donate page on the Mutt Strut site, enter the registrant’s name and/or Pack (team) name, and you will be taken to their personal fundraising page. There you’ll click the “Support” button to donate.
If I register as a Drowsy Dog and Cat Nap Club member, may I still create a personal fundraising webpage?
YES. You will receive a link to the participant center when you complete registration as a Drowsy Dog and Cat Nap Club member.
What do I do with donations I collect in the form of check or cash?
We encourage you to either mail or deliver your donations personally before April 11, 2014. Place your donations in an envelope accompanied by the offline donation form. The envelope should be clearly marked “MUTT STRUT” and can be mailed directly to:
Humane Society of Indianapolis
ATTN: Mutt Strut
7929 N. Michigan Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46268
If delivering in person, please ask to speak with a member of the Development Department, and make sure your envelope is clearly marked “MUTT STRUT.” You must also include the offline donation form.
What is the “Top Dog” prize and how do I win it?
The individual who raises the most money for Mutt Strut 2014 will have his/her pet featured as the “ambassa-dog” of Mutt Strut 2015, which means your pet will be featured on next year’s website, posters and T-shirts for the event! For more details, visit the Top Dog page of the Mutt Strut website.
Are there other prizes for the donations I raise?
In addition to the “Top Dog” award, the top fundraising Pack will win the use of a suite at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for an afternoon during pre-race month of May festivities. Individual fundraisers will receive limited edition Mutt Strut items for fundraising at certain levels. Check out the incentives here!
Are pets other than dogs permitted to participate in the event?
YES. However, we ask that they be contained for their own safety. For example, it may be best for cats to be contained inside a covered stroller. Hoofed animals wearing rubber-soled shoes for the entire day will be permitted to participate at the event.
Can I bring more than one pet to the event?
Participants can bring as many pets as they are comfortable walking; however, all pets must be kept on a maximum 6-foot, non-retractable leash. Please be advised that walking more than one dog at a time requires the skill to keep them from becoming tangled. If you wish to bring more than one dog to the event, we encourage you to recruit friends and family to register and join you.
How should I prepare myself and my pet for Mutt Strut?
Human participants and pets alike should prepare in advance for the walk. Many people and pets are not used to walking on concrete or on a sloped terrain. Please be aware that the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is often up to seven degrees warmer than the outside temperature. We recommend that you consult your doctor and your pet’s veterinarian to determine whether you and your pet are prepared to complete the 2½-mile walk around the track.
Will water be provided for my pet?
Water will be available for humans and dogs alike. Water for humans will be available on the plaza. There will be plenty of pit stops set up around the plaza and track for thirsty pets. Watch for signs to let you know which stops are for drinking and which are for swimming.
NOTE: If your dog does not like to drink out of a community dish, please bring your own.
Will poop bags be provided for my pet?
Poop bags will be available at several locations. You are also welcome to bring your own. We encourage all attendees to be responsible pet owners and clean up after their pet(s).
Do the pets that attend Mutt Strut have to show proof of vaccinations?
NO. Although proof of vaccinations is not required, we encourage pet owners to stay current with their pet’s vaccinations. Learn more about low-cost vaccination services provided by IndyHumane by clicking here.
What is the leash requirement for the event?
All dogs must be kept on a maximum 6-foot, non-retractable leash during the event. We ask that owners keep their dogs close by since there are thousands of people and pets at this event. This will help ensure the safety of your pet, or pets in your vicinity, if they don’t behave well with others.
Can a disabled pet participate?
YES. All pets are encouraged to participate. Wagons and strollers are also permitted on the Track, and there will be “Paw Check” vet stations sponsored by Harrison College School of Veterinary Technology around the track for pets that become tired or ill during the walk.
How many times can I walk around the track with my pet?
As long as you register by 1:30 pm, are on the track by 2:00 pm and are off by 3:00 pm, you may walk around the track as many times as you’d like! Remember to keep an eye on your pet’s paws, though, as the surface of the track can be tougher than regular pavement or concrete. “Paw Check” stations around the track can help monitor your pet’s paws, as well.
How do I get to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway?
Please refer to this map for directions to the track.
What if it rains?
Mutt Strut is held rain or shine! Please dress yourself and your pet accordingly. Ponchos will be offered for sale at the event at IndyHumane’s on-site Re-Tail Store while supplies last. Please remember that registration fees are non-refundable, and refunds WILL NOT be given in the event of rain.
Do I have to arrive at a certain time in order to participate in the event?
NO. On-site registration and check-in will be open from 9:30 am-1:30 pm. The track will be open for walkers from 11:00 am (immediately after the Opening Ceremonies at 10:45 am) until 3:00 pm. As long as you are on the track by 2:00 pm and off by 3:00 pm, you may complete the 2½ mile lap at your own pace.
What if my pet or child can’t walk the full 2½ miles around the track?
Many people choose to bring wagons or strollers for pets and children. There will be “Paw Check” vet stations sponsored by Harrison College School of Veterinary Technology around the track for paw checks and other assistance pets may require.
Will there be food for purchase? Can I bring my own food to the event?
Food for human participants will be available for purchase from various vendors. Complimentary water will be available for both humans and pets. You may also bring food and beverages (excluding alcohol) for your family and pets.
What kind of booths will be set up on the Plaza?
IndyHumane’s on-site Re-Tail Store will offer ponchos, umbrellas, and much more for sale, with all purchases directly benefiting IndyHumane. There will be various sponsor booths for your enjoyment. Sponsors typically give away coupons and samples and many offer drawings for prizes throughout the day. Sponsors are given the opportunity to sell pet-related items at the event, with a portion of their proceeds benefiting IndyHumane.
Can I volunteer instead of walking?
YES! We need approximately 250 Event Crew members to make Mutt Strut a success. Volunteers help with everything from set-up to registration. Please visit the Volunteer section of the Mutt Strut website to sign up or learn more.
How old do I have to be to volunteer?
For safety and liability concerns, we ask that all Mutt Strut volunteers be at least 18 years of age. With the number of participants attending, volunteers must be capable of performing any task assigned to them the day of the event. This may include moving tables, greeting attendees and more.
Can I bring my pets or children with me if I volunteer?
We ask that volunteers DO NOT bring pets or children with them while they are working. Volunteers are often very busy, and we ask that their attention be focused on their assignments.
I’m a member of the media. How can I cover the event or get photos, interviews, or logos?
Visit the Media section of the website starting April 1, 2014 for a press kit, photos, logos, and more.