Paws in the Park 5k

Sat August 14, 2021 Directions
Open/Flexible start line from 10:00 am to 10:30 am

5k Run/Walk

10:00AM EDT
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Horace Blackman Park


General Information

Join us for our 3rd annual 5k run/walk at our new location in downtown, Horace Blackman Park.  The park is located at the corner of W Michigan Ave. & S Jackson St. in Jackson, MI 49201.  Paws in the Park is one of Cascades Humane Society’s largest fundraisers of the year!  Paws in the Park 2021 will be on Saturday, August 14, 2021 and features a beautiful 5k run/walk through downtown Jackson.  Leashed dogs are welcome to attend and participate in the event.  Prefer a short distance or a casual troll?  Join us for our 1 Mile Woof Walk! Each 5k participant will receive a tech t-shirt, finisher medal and  a professional photograph by April Messer Photography.  Each Woof Walk participant will receive a tech t-shirt. T-shirts guaranteed with registrations by August 6th! Supplies available as they last after that date.

Come for the run and stay for the fun.  Paws in the Park is a family-friendly event includes dock jumping by Ultimate Air Dogs, games, music, vendors, and more! And the best part is any dog can participate in the dock-jumping action! That’s right! Any size, any age, and any breed dog can compete to see who will jump the farthest! Schedule of Jumps: Friday, August 13th at 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM and Saturday, August 14th at 10:00 AM, 12:30 PM, and 1:30 PM FINALS.  Friday night at dusk there will be a showing of the Secret Life of Pets!

The race will feature competitive start at 10:00 am and an open start line from 10:00 am to 10:30 am. This will allow for social distancing and safe racing! 

How does the competitive and open/flexible start line work? Start the race any time between 10:00 and 10:30 am. Looking for a more competitive start? We will have a mass start at 10:00am, please still observe proper social distancing guidelines.  Keep an eye on the start line and begin your race when you feel comfortable.  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.

Can't make it? Join the 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 August 20th 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. 

Group Pricing: Have other friends or family wishing to participate? Register with 3 or more people and receive a discount of $3 per registrant. 

Packet Pick Up will be downtown at Horace Blackman Park on Friday, August 13th from 5:00pm - 7:00pm.  We will also have packet pick up on site the morning of the race starting at 9:00 am. 

For additional information about the Paws in the Park event visit the website

New this Year! CHS will have a Vaccine and Microchip Clinic at Paws in the Park!  CHS is thrilled to announce another low-cost service to our community, a vaccine and microchip clinic.  Those in need of these services can bring their pets and get them up-to-date. 


Awards for top 3 in each age group will be awarded, male and female. The top 3 places in each age group receive a medal.  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. Awards can be picked up at the start/finish line or later at CHS.

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 +


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 Brandy Foor 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 July 20th, then it's a $30 discount off your 5k entry fee with a $50 donation and a $25 discount off your 1.3 mile walk 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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There are 2 unisex bathrooms located across N. Jackson St. in Bucky Harris Park. The will be plenty of street parking as well as city lots #20 and #21 are marked on the map below and free for public use on the weekends.



Horace Blackman Park


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