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Location: Crystal Lake, IL US 60014 Directions
Type: Run or Run/Walk, Virtual Race
Event Time Price Details
5K Run/Walk
9:00AM CST - 11:30AM CST
$40 $35
Registration ends November 2, 2017 at 11:59pm CDT
1 Mile Family Run/Walk
8:30AM CST - 9:00AM CST
Registration ends November 2, 2017 at 11:59pm CDT
Virtual 5K
Registration ends November 2, 2017 at 11:59pm CDT
Lippold Park
851 IL 176
Crystal Lake, IL US 60014

Join us for 11 years of Panting for Paws!

Last year was a blast as we celebrated 10 years with the community...running, walking, and even panting! We are always so grateful for the support we've received year after year and look forward to each years' event getting bigger and better. We even won the acclaimed 2017 Best of the Fox Readers' Choice award for Best Shelter in McHenry County...that's seven years in a row! 

So, we're ready to have you join us again at this "pawsome" event! Dust off your running and walking shoes and register today! REGISTER EARLY & SAVE - All registrations for 5K will save $5 through September 30, 2017.

Our goal is to raise $25,000 this year to help care for the animals in our shelter, so the more registrations and donations received the closer we get to our goal! Helping Paws' mission for more than 48 years has been to provide shelter, food, medical care and comfort to the animals in our care until they are placed into loving, responsible homes. It costs a lot to keep the shelter running and we can only do it with the help of generous individuals and businesses who donate year round to support the animals' welfare. 100% of all proceeds benefit the animals in our care, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. Thank you so much for your support!

The race course for the 5K is CARA certified and professionally timed. Medals will be awarded to top male and female finisher overall, and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each age group. Age groups: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-70, 70-79, 80 & over.


New This Year!

Well-behaved and socialized dogs who are 6 months and older are welcome to participate in the 1 Mile Family Run/Walk. Strollers are also welcome. This event is not "timed", but we require everyone to be off the course within 30 minutes.

IMPORTANT: Dogs must be on leash at all times and have rabies tags on their collar the day of the event. No retractable leashes or leashes longer than 6 feet. Pet owners must take full responsibility for the behavior of their pet and are also responsible for cleaning up after their dog(s) at all times. Disposable waste bags will be available at the event. We also reserve the right to refuse entry or request that a dog be removed from the course if we feel it might prove hazardous to others or whose physical condition appears to be compromised.


Following the 5K, there will be post-race refreshments and awards ceremony. Everyone can also visit with sponsors and vendors, as well as some of our adoptable dogs. 


Packet pickup and in person registration will be Saturday, November 4 at Helping Paws, 2500 Harding Lane, Woodstock from 12:00-4:00pm or race day beginning at 7:00am. Daylight savings time ends Saturday November 4. Please remember to set your clocks back.

Race day registration and check-in for all participants will open at 7:00am until 8:30am in the Pavilion. Race day registration will be $40 for 5K.

1 Mile Family Fun Run/Walk begins at 8:30 am; 5K begins promptly at 9:00 am

Looking to help the animals even more? Once registered, you can set up your own fundraising page (on the race website). Set a goal, write a message/your story and you can even upload a pic. Then, share your fundraising page by sending emails or post to Facebook and Instagram to your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers. Thank you for your support and for making a difference in the lives of the homeless animals who are waiting for their forever homes! 


If you cannot participate in the run/walk, we invite you to register for the Virtual 5K or make a general donation to help us save more animals and help give them a second chance. 

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Helping Paws

Helping Paws Animal Shelter is a no-kill animal shelter and non-profit 501(c)(3) organization located in Woodstock. Our mission is to provide shelter, food, medical care, and comfort to abandoned, neglected, and abused animals until they are placed into loving, responsible homes. Each animal that comes into our shelter is treated with respect, kindness and compassion. We believe that for each of our animals…”Second Chances Start Here.”


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To learn more about becoming a sponsor for Panting for Paws, please click and download the PDF below. For questions or additional information, contact Ravelle or Michelle at or 815-474-4556.


Benefits of becoming a sponsor:

  • Publicity – Support a great cause while showcasing your business. Promote your business to not only local animal lovers, but runners and other racing enthusiasts.
  • Community Support – Give back to the community where you live and work and show you care about the animals. All monies raised stay local to take care of the animals in our community.


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