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PAWS Chicago’s 5K Walk/Run
Sunday, June 2, 2019, 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 Noon
Montrose Harbor – Grove 16

Welcome to the 19th Annual PAWS Chicago 5K Walk/ Run, Chicago's LARGEST dog-friendly event, benefiting PAWS Chicago, for animal lovers and their canine companions. This event welcomes more than 6,000 human and 2,800 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!  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! 

The PAWS Chicago 5K Walk/Run is Chicago's LARGEST dog-friendly charity walk, as well as one of BizBash's Top 100 Events in Chicago and Top 10 Athletic Events in 2016, 2017 and 2018!


 
 
   HERO HANGOUT
When you raise a minimum of $250 by Thursday, May 30, 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 Chicago dogs)

Please visit our Fundraising Page to see our complete listing of prizes, food, beverages and currently qualified attendees!
 
EVENT DAY SCHEDULE
(will be updated here as activities are added)
 
6:00 am   Volunteer Check In -- Registration Tent

7:30 am    Event Opens!!! 

                    Day of Event Registration - Registration Tent
                    T-Shirt, Wristband and Cinch Sack Pick-up - Registration Tent
                   Donation Drop Off - Registration Tent

                    Hero Hangout Wristband Pick-up - Hero Hangout
                    All other tents and speciality areas - Event Site  Check out our Sponsors Page to see a listing of what
                         activities our sponsors will have at their tents!


8:20 am    Event Program - Main Stage
                   Welcome by PAWS Chicago founder Paula Fasseas
                   PAWS Chicago Alumni Photo - we welcome all PAWS Chicago Alumni pups and/or humans whose PAWS
                                cats/dogs may be at home and not at the event to join us at the stage for this photo!
                   Announcement of Top Fundraising Teams and Top Individual Fundraisers
                   Parade of Adoptable Pets


8:45 am     5K Runners begin lining up - Start/Finish Line  Please allow TEAM PAWS Chicago runners (in navy blue singlets) up front to lead the run

8:50 am     5K Walkers begin lining up - BEHIND 5K Runners

8:55 am     TEAM PAWS Chicago Runners Photo - Front of Start Line

9:00 am    5K Run Begins -- NO DOGS OR STROLLERS ALLOWED ON THE RUN COURSE
Immediately following Runners...
9:05 am     5K Walk Begins -- DOGS AND STROLLERS / WAGONS ARE ALLOWED ON THE WALK COURSE

9:20 am    General Food / Beverage Tent Opens


10:55 am    50 / 50 and Prize Raffle Ticket Sales End -- 50 / 50 Raffle Tent (1 for $5 or 3 for $10) 

11 am          50 / 50 and Prize Raffle Winning Tickets Pulled -- Main Stage
                    Gear Check closes

12 pm         Event Closes

 
WALK/RUN ROUTE MAP
 
Will be posted here upon City Approval

Please note that because we use the same route, RUNNERS may begin lining up at 8:45 a.m. and are allowed up front.  WALKERS must line up BEHIND the runners. NO DOGS ARE ALLOWED ON THE RUN PORTION! 

WALKERS and their dogs must wait until after the runners have started before beginning the walk portion (approx. 9:05 a.m.) Strollers and/or wagons (for both humans and dogs) ARE permitted but ONLY IN THE WALK portion of the event.  Please note that the event site is on grass and some parts of the walk/run route is on gravel.

SITE MAP
Will be posted here once finalized.  Visit our Sponsors page HERE to see descriptions of all the great activity happening in the tents!

On Event Day...

If you need to...                                                    then go to...                                                                        
* Register for the event                                                                          Registration Tent
* Pick up your event shirt / exchange size                                       Registration Tent
* Drop off cash/check donations                                                        Registration Tent
* Pick up your cinch sack (raised $100+ by May 30)                      Registration Tent
* Pick up your Hero Hangout Wristband (raised $250+ 
     OR your team average was $250+ per member by May 30)     Hero Hangout Tent
* Drop off your gear before the walk/run                                           Gear Check (FREE)
* Obtain basic HUMAN First Aid (e.g. band-aids)                             Registration Tent
* Obtain PET First Aid / Medical attention                                       
* Obtain HUMAN Medical attention (beyond basic first aid)      
* Visit the Lost and Found (both items and children)                    Registration Tent
* Get water for your dog/cool off in dog pools                                  Doggy Oasis
* Need to use the restroom                                                                Portable Toliets
* Purchase PAWS Chicago Merchandise / Items                            Merchandise Tent as well as TEAM PAWS Chicago Tent
* Purchase 50 / 50 Raffle Tickets                                                         50 / 50 Raffle Ticket Tent OR Volunteers walking around site
                                     
KIDS AREA
Come bring your children to the Kids' Area for fun and activities!  Throughout the day the kids area will be open with mini golf, bags, puppet-making, a hula hoop competition and some face painting. Make sure to stop by for lots of fun! 
PET FIRST AID STATION

HUMAN FIRST AID STATION
For basic first aid needs, please visit our Registration Tent where we will have a first aid kit.  For more serious needs, please visit our ambulance team

GEAR CHECK
For all participants we have a complimentary Gear Check that you may use on event day that is open until 11AM.
 
PACKET AND T-SHIRT PICKUP
Participants can pick up their shirts, bibs, Hero Hangout wristbands & cinch sacks (if qualified) and race day information at our Packet Pickup on Friday, May 31, 4-7:30pm, at the PAWS Chicago Lincoln Park Adoption Center, 1997 N Clybourn Avenue.  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 at the registration tent.  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).
 
PARKING
Free STREET 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.  Parking LOTS do require payment.

GENERAL FOOD AND BEVERAGE
After the walk/run our General Food and Beverage Tent will open at 9:20a.m.