Paws in the Park 5k

Sat September 19, 2020 Directions
Open/Flexible start line from 9:00 am to 10:00 am

5k Run/Walk

9:00AM EDT

1.3 Mile Walk

9:00AM EDT - 10:00AM EDT
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at

Cascades Falls Park

General Information

As of September 14th, we're still planning on an in-person race with a flexible start from 9am to 10am. All participants do have the option, however, to transfer to the virtual race option. If you have any additional questions, contact us via the form at the bottom of the race page.

Join us for our 2nd annual 5k run/walk. Paws in the Park is one of Cascades Humane Society’s largest fundraisers of the year!  Paws in the Park 2020 is on Saturday, September 19, 2020 and features a beautiful 5k run/walk through the charming Sparks Foundation Park (aka Cascades Falls Park).  Leashed dogs are welcome to attend and participate in the event. 

The race will feature an open start line from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. This will allow for social distancing and safe racing! 

How does the open/flexible start line work? Start the race any time between 9:00 and 10:00 am.  There will be no crowded mass start. Keep an eye on the start line and begin your race when it is free of other participants. No more than 5 people will start at a time.  The start line will be wide, and the space is very open to allow for proper social distancing. You do not have to feel rushed to get to the starting line. Start your race when you are ready. Timing does not start until you cross the timing mats.

NEW this year! Paws in the Park Virtual 5k.  Can’t make the race, but want to support CHS and our furry friends? This virtual race you can complete on your own time and at your favorite place.  Run, jog, walk, or roll whenever it is convenient to you. Your swag will be mailed out on September 21st to the address you provide at sign up.  Remember to use Strava, RunKeeper, MapMyRun or your preferred APP to keep track of your route and mileage. 

We encourage participants to wear a face mask while picking up their packet and at the start of the race. Hand sanitizer will be located around the packet pick up area. 

Packet Pick Up will be at CHS on Friday, September 18th from 5:00pm - 7:00pm.  We will also have packet pick up on site the morning of the race starting at 8:00am. 


Awards for top 3 in each age group will be awarded, male and female. The top 3 places in each age group receive a discount for the 2021 race (Coupon emailed to you after the race).  We will also be celebrating our canine participants, top dog awards will be given to the first 3 dogs to cross the finish line!  We will not have an award ceremony.

Age Groups: 15 and under, 16 to 19, 20 to 24, 25 to 29, 30 to 34, 35 to 39, 40 to 44, 45 to 49, 50 to 54, 55 to 59, 60 to 64, 65 to 69, 70 +


Each 5k participant will receive a T-shirt, Neck Buff, and Finisher Medal.


The race will be chip timed by the Michigan Running Foundation


Come out and help support the runners and walkers and keep our furry friends safe on the course.  All staff and volunteers will wear a face mask.

We need volunteers for the following:
-Course marshals
-Water Stations

Email Kathie Ramsey at to sign up!

Run for FREE!

Help support our wonderful cause and we'll give you a FREE entry.  When you donate $50 your entry fee will be free.  When you donate $25 you'll receive $5 off your entry fee. Register and follow the steps on the donation screen and choose either the $50 donation level or $25 donation level. The discount will be automatically applied during checkout. Valid until May 4th, then it's a $30 discount off your entry fee with a $50 donation. 

Cascades Humane Society is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt public charity. We rely primarily on the generosity of individuals, foundations, corporations and special events to support our services, programs, and mission . . . connecting animals in need with people who care. CHS receives no funding from federal, state or county government, or other national or state humane organizations.

Our Mission: Connecting animals in need with people who care. Our Vision: A community in which all pets have loving homes and are treated with compassion and respect.

Thank you for your support!

Race SWAG!


Course Map

This race is endorsed by The Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and part of the Michigan Fitness Foundation Challenge. The challenge encourages Michiganders to engage with events that promote physical activity, health and wellness. You will receive a FIT point for every endorsed event you participate in or volunteer for from January 1st until December 31st. Points earn cool swag and a chance to win various prizes! To sign up and learn more click HERE. There is no cost to this challenge.


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