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Sat, Sep 21


First Landing State Park

Operation PAWS (Virginia Beach)

FREE Event

Operation PAWS (Virginia Beach)
Operation PAWS (Virginia Beach)

Time & Location

Sep 21, 2024, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

First Landing State Park, 2500 Shore Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, USA

About the Event

Operation PAWS (Virginia Beach)

Distance: Optional (3, 5, or 8 miles)

Brief Start Time: Saturday 21st September 2024 at 0900 hrs

Event Start time: Saturday 21st September 2024 at 0930 hrs

Start Location: Trail Centre, First Landing State Park, VA

Event Finish Time: Saturday 21st September 2024 at 1330 hrs

Finish Location: Trail Centre, First Landing State Park, VA


Operation PAWS is about helping local animal shelters and the animals who call it (temporary) home. At GBF we love our four-legged hiking partners, so we teamed up to help the animals who need it most.

This Operation PAWS takes place in the First Landing State Park.


Operation PAWS mission is to walk, ruck, or run a set route, and donate supplies to for the local animal shelters. If you wish to ruck the route, you can use the donation as weight.


Candidates will meet at the First Landing State Park Parking Lot parking area.

At 0900 hrs, GBF Staff will give an event brief before answering any questions and releasing the candidates to begin the route at 0930 hrs.

There is a generous 4 hour time limit for Operation PAWS and candidates and their pups are free to go at their own pace. Please ensure you download the route. The 8 mile route will be lead by a member of the GBF team.

Service Support

- Mapping. GBF events use the AllTrails app for navigation. To download the route from AllTrails, you will need to sign up for a membership. GBF suggests candidate have a paper map, compass, and GPS too.

- Routes. Please download the routes for offline use.

     Operation PAWS 8 miles is HERE.

     Operation PAWS 5 miles is HERE.

     Operation PAWS 3 miles is HERE.

- Weight. Weight is optional. You can walk, or run the event witthout any weight. If you want to ruck, you are encouraged to make the weight up of items to donate to the animal shelter - dog food, cat litter etc. You can find a generic list of what animal shelters require HERE.

- Checkpoints. There are no checkpoints on this route.

- Water. There will be bottled water at the start / finish point. Candidates should carry enough water to last the route.

- Medical. A personal medical kit is required by every candidate. GBF Staff must be made aware of any medical conditions prior to starting the event.

Command and Signal

GBF HQ: 941-993-9432


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