Bark in the Dark 2020

Sat October 3, 2020 Grand Rapids, MI US 49505
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2001 Monroe Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI US 49505

Join Humane Society of West Michigan for the 8th annual Bark in the Dark on Saturday, October 3rd at Riverside Park! All proceeds from this family & dog friendly 5K and 1 Mile fun run/walk benefit animals in need at Humane Society of West Michigan, a 100% donor-funded 501(c)3 nonprofit that promotes the humane treatment and responsible care of animals in West Michigan through education, example, placement, and protection. Participants are encouraged to raise additional donations to support these animals! 


5:00pm-6:30pm - Registration/Check-In & Pre-Run Festivities including pup-arazzi photos, face painting, giveaways, the Independent Bank Costume Contest, a beer tent, food trucks, music by DJ Shannon Williams, and more!
6:30pm - Run/Walk begins!
6:30pm-9:00pm - After the run/walk stick around for our post-race celebration featuring food, drinks, and great music! Each registered adult will receive a free drink at the beer tent. Don't forget your ID!  


Don't want to run? Don't worry! Bark in the Dark is so much more than a race! Featuring furry friends and lots of activities - feel free to skip the run and just come for the fun!


Once you register for Bark in the Dark you will be prompted to create an online fundraising page to collect donations from friends and family online. We encourage you to customize it with a picture of you and your pet, and let people know why you are fundraising to support HSWM animals! You can then share your fundraising page on social media and through email. The dollars that you raise make a huge impact on our animals here in West Michigan! Fundraisers who reach one of the following levels will receive special HSWM swag as a thank you! Fundraisers can claim their prizes at the check in table on the day of the event. 
$50 - HSWM Bumper Sticker
$150 - HSWM Drinking Tumbler
$250 - Limited Edition Bark in the Dark 2020 Sweatshirt
$500 - Duffle Bag (Filled with goodies for your pet, plus your choice of a long sleeve shirt or sweatshirt!)


Due to COVID-19 Humane Society of West Michigan is preparing to keep all participants as safe as possible. Please bring a face mask with you for the pre- and post-race festivities and prepare to social distance from individuals outside of your group. 


Need help? Contact Megan Ellinger, HSWM Events Coordinator at or 616-791-8089

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