The annual Big Dog 5K, a pop­ular event orga­nized by the Office of Alumni Rela­tions, will return next month for a sixth year. It will take place on a new course that will allow many more par­tic­i­pants to sign up than in years past.

All run­ners and walkers are invited to take part in this fun run, which is sched­uled for Sunday, Nov. 17, in Dedham during Home­coming Weekend. The 5K will start at 10:15 a.m. at Riverdale Park on River­side Drive and end at Northeastern’s Dedham campus at 370 Common St. The final por­tion of the 3.1-mile course will take par­tic­i­pants around the Dedham campus’ track.

We are thrilled to build on our existing part­ner­ship with the Dedham com­mu­nity by bringing the Big Dog 5K to a new course that high­lights the recently-​​renovated track and field facility at the Dedham campus,” said Jack Moynihan, vice pres­i­dent of alumni rela­tions and the North­eastern Fund. “We hope everyone—alumni, stu­dents, fam­i­lies, and Dedham residents—will enjoy the spirit of cama­raderie and com­pe­ti­tion that the Big Dog brings each and every year.”

For the last five years, the run was held on the Esplanade, which lim­ited the number of par­tic­i­pants. Amy Bel­more, director of sig­na­ture events in the Office of Alumni Rela­tions, said the run has sold out every year. Last year, 500 people fin­ished the race.

We knew there was a great demand and this new point-​​to-​​point course allows us to have no limit on the field size,” Bel­more explained. “You never want to have to turn someone away from a fun run.”

In the fin­ishing area there will be an awards cer­e­mony, refresh­ments, and a kids’ zone.

To reg­ister or learn more about the race, visit www​.alumni​.north​eastern​.edu/​b​i​g​dog. The entry fee is $17 for North­eastern stu­dents and Dedham res­i­dents, $20 for the gen­eral public, and $10 for chil­dren 12 years old and under. The first 500 reg­is­trants will get a free race T-​​shirt. After Nov. 10, the reg­is­tra­tion rates increase by $3. There will also be race-​​day reg­is­tra­tion from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.