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PAWS Chicago’s 5K Walk/Run
Sunday, June 3, 2018, 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 Noon
Montrose Harbor – Grove 16

Welcome to the 18th Annual PAWS Chicago 5K Walk/ Run, presented by VCA Animal Hospitals - Chicago's LARGEST dog-friendly event, benefiting PAWS Chicago, for animal lovers and their canine companions. This event welcomes more than 4,000 human and 1,200 dog participants who come together and take steps to save the lives of homeless pets. 

In addition to the main event, participants will enjoy live entertainment, food & drinks, free giveaways and more!  In 2017 we welcomed Patti Murin and Colin Donnell, stars of NBC’s “Chicago Med” as honorary “Leaders of the Pack” who lead the start of the 5K walk, and Fox 32's Jake Hamilton & Jenny Milkowski as our Emcees!  Who will join us this year?  Stay tuned!

This annual celebration is critical in raising the funds necessary to ensure PAWS Chicago can continue to save and care for thousands of homeless pets each year!

PAWS Chicago's 5K Walk/Run was named one of Chicago's Top 100 Events in 2016 and 2017, and Top 10 Athletic Events in 2017 by BizBash!

PAWS Chicago’s 5K Walk/Run welcomes athletes and animal lovers of all ages and experience levels. You can register as an individual, join a team or start your own team! The registration price includes your race entry, live entertainment, snacks, giveaways and much more! Walk or run for their lives and register today!
All participants receive an event t-shirt that must be picked up at the packet pickup or the event.  Shirts will NOT be mailed out or available for pick up after the event (unless registered for the Cat Nap option).
  • Child Registration (Infant - 12)*: $20 (Online registration closes on May 31, prices remain same on event day*)
  • Adult Early Bird Registration (ages 13+):  NOW CLOSED (Jan. 1 through 5pm, Friday, March 30)
  • Adult Standard Registration:  $50 (5pm, Friday, March 30 through 11:45pm, Thursday, May 31)
  • Adult Event Day Registration*: $60 (Day of Event: June 3)
  • Automatic Hero Registration (all ages): $250 Register as an Automatic Hero to receive access to the VIP Hero Hangout on event day
  • Cat Nap Registration (all ages through 11:45pm, Thursday, May 31):  $75  Sleep in on event day and have your shirt mailed to you!  This is a great way to support PAWS Chicago for those out of town that day!

*Event t-shirts and/or registered sizes are not guaranteed for those who wait to do a race day registration.

Hero Hangout Sponsored by Vital Proteins
When you raise a minimum of $250 by May 31, you will receive access to the VIP Hero Hangout!  If your team average is $250 per person, then EVERY member of your team will receive access.  In our Hero Hangout, you will enjoy: 
  • Elite and private event space
  • Catered food and beverages
  • Adult refreshments (21+)
  • Raffle prize drawings
  • Participant Treat Bag for the first 500 attendees
  • Interactive puppy play pen (with adoptable PAWS dogs)

Event Day Schedule (will be updated here as activities are added):
7:30 am     Event Opens
9:00 am    5K Run Begins
9:15 am     5K Walk Begins
12pm         Event Closes

Please Note:
  • The event will take place rain or shine
  • Dogs can only partake in the walk portion of the event
  • Strollers and/or wagons ARE permitted only in the walk portion of the event.  Please note that the event site is on grass and the walk route is on gravel.
  • Event map and run/walk route map will be provided once available

Packet Pickup
Participants can pick up their shirts, bibs, Hero Hangout wristbands (if qualified) and race day information at our Packet Pickup on Friday, June 1, location and times TBD.  Participants are welcome to pick up items on behalf of other team members!

For those unable to attend, you will still be able to pick up your items on event day.  Please note that we will NOT mail out shirts after the event for those who do not pick theirs up (unless registered for the Cat Nap option).

Free parking is available at Montrose Harbor.  Please pay attention to any signs noting any no park zones (e.g. on bridges).  Because Montrose is still open to the public on that day, participants are encouraged to arrive early and to carpool.  Divvy, walk or bike (if possible) to allow adequate parking for participants traveling with pets.

Fundraising & Perks
Proceeds raised from the 5K Walk/Run will go directly to helping PAWS Chicago build a No Kill community - a place where pets are no longer destroyed because they are homeless. Every dollar makes a difference and we need your help to save more lives.

With each additional dollar you raise, you not only help save more homeless pets, but you have the opportunity to win great prizes! Visit our Fundraising Tab above for resources and a listing of our incentive levels and prizes!