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The Paws in the Park Petwalk will benefit Charleston Animal Society's medical fund!
Even though it may be wet and cold, aren't our animals worth it?!
The petwalk will take you on a small 1/4-mile loop around beautiful Riverfront Park with your dog, CLICK HERE FOR MAP.
The 5k run will take you from the park and then out onto the historic navy base and back into the park! (You can walk the entire 5k if you want, just get in line in the correct order -- see below). CLICK HERE FOR RUN MAP. Everything you need to know is here below.
*Everyone must be in the park and ready to start at 8:45AM
Parking will be available on-site, please follow signage. The lots closest to the park are reserved for handicapped and vendor parking. Please allow yourself 10 to 15 minutes to walk from the lot. The lot is located on the corner of Shipbuilding Way & North Hobson Ave. We will be walking/ running rain or shine so make sure you prepare for both.
There will be signage for 3 groups:
If you prefer to walk the whole 5k you are able to do that too. Just line up with the 5k or 5k with dogs group but, please stay to the back of the group so the runners can start out first.
If you have friends & family who have not yet signed up yet, they can register the morning of.
The walk route is a shorter loop that is within the park and it will be marked by PAW PRINT signage or paws on the ground depending on weather. You will be going through grass and a gravel lot. If it has been raining please come prepared for your shoes to get wet or wear boots.
If you prefer to walk the whole 5k you are able to do so. Just line up with the 5k or 5k with dogs group but, please stay to the back of the group so the runners can start out first.
The run route will take you from the park through the beautiful, historic navy base and then back to the park. Click here to see map.
To keep all participants (both people and dogs) safe during the event, there will be Behavior Staff throughout the park to assist with any concerns or issues that may arise. The following information will help ensure that you and your dog are set up for success, and have a positive and enjoyable experience at Paws in the Park.
Please be aware of your dog’s body language, as well as other dogs around you. Many dogs may not be used to being in a setting with large crowds of both people and other dogs. Signs indicating that a dog is stressed/frustrated and may react negatively can include, but is not limited to:
Awards will be distributed after everyone has finished for: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the men’s and women’s division. This will take place to the right of the small stage on the festival side of the park.
The fun doesn’t stop when the walk & run are over! A FREE FESTIVAL will begin immediately after the walk/ race. This event is open to the public. Have friends who don’t want to walk/ run? Have them join us from 11 to 2!
Every dollar raised goes to help the medical fund! Make a day of it and help save even more lives!
Teams, individuals and pets can dress in costumes if you’d like. We will have dog contests after the race during our free festival that will go until 2:00PM.
Pets can compete in different divisions including: There will be a sign up table to register. Contests will begin around 12:45. Please listen for announcements.
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.Questions?