Sun May 23 - Wed June 23
Support ARF Beacon
This Virtual 5k can be completed anytime, anywhere you choose:
your neighborhood, the nearby park or the treadmill.
Simply register, invite your friends, choose a route, grab your pup and GO THE SOCIAL DISTANCE!

STATEMENT REGARDING COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) During the second year of the pandemic, the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) is still dedicated to continue the mission to shelter and rescue as many cats and dogs.

Help us continue to care for animals in need and operate the shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic by joining the VIRTUAL 2021 5K Run & Walk with the Dogs! 

The ARF 5K Run & Walk with the Dogs is an annual fundraising event to benefit ARF's mission of saving abandoned, homeless dogs & cats in the region. On this day, animal lovers and athletes of all ages lace up and hit the pavement in support where 100% of the profits goes to ARF, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, no kill animal rescue and shelter in Beacon, NY. This event allows our participants, partners, sponsors and vendors to spread the word with their family, friends, neighbors, co-workers. Most importantly, this event brings the entire community together to raise much needed funds for the animals.


$30.00 + $2.50 SignUp Fee (Registration ends June 22nd, 2021)


For 30 days you will have the chance to support ARF. Lace up your shoes, grab your pup, keep six feet away from everyone else and support ARF!

Complete a 5 Kilometer run and/or walk (5K kilometers = 3.1 miles) in the comfort of your own neighborhood or on a treadmill between May 23rd  and June 23rd, 2021. You choose the date, the time and location.

If you participated in any of our physical events from 2016 to 2019, wear your t-shirt from that event and take a picture.
First timers, why not create your own poster to show us your love and support of ARF! Get the kiddos creative juices flowing for this arts and craft project.
Track your time and submit your results if you wish to be considered for awards.
Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and post pictures or short video of you and your pup using #ARF5KSocialDistance.
Tag and challenge your friends and relatives from across the country to participate.


***Please remember the guidelines of social distancing.  Although this is a family event and we encourage you to participate with your family, but please do not meet up in groups outside of your household to run or walk.  

Exercise should be completed safely and in accordance with the CDC's guidelines listed below. 

While most state's "Stay-at-Home" mandates specifically allow for 1 hour of outdoor exercise per day, it is extremely important that all participants follow the laws of their local authorities. By registering and participating in this event, you agree to follow the laws of your local municipalities and that you fully understand the risks of going outside. The registrant is therefore fully responsible for their health in signing up and participating.

General guidelines for exercising outside during the coronavirus pandemic:

  • Choose a local route and go out for no more than 60 minutes
  • Go alone or with your dog, during non-crowded times
  • Refrain from spitting or excessive coughing
  • DO NOT go outside if you are sick or experiencing any symptoms
  • Before heading outside, be sure to check your local public health recommendations and the current health mandates in your area, which can be found on your state and local government website.

Although this is a solo VIRTUAL event, you will be participating with hundreds other people around the country. Over the past four years, we’ve had an incredible number of photos of participants and their dogs.

While this is not required, we'd love to see your photos from the event! Share your story and post your photos, shorts videos with our active followers via our Facebook and Instagram pages. Please use #ARF5KSocialDistance when you post any virtual run photos so our entire community can see them!


CLICK HERE to view photos from previous year's event! 

Want to spread the word and help the animals? We invite you to GO THE SOCIAL DISTANCE and become an ARF Fundraiser.

Sign up as a participant and then start sharing! Invite your friends, family, co-workers, and everyone you know to get involved! You can create your own unique personal fundraising page. You can even create a team for some friendly competition while helping the animals. Get cool prizes based on how much you raise.

It is our goal to raise $5,000.00 to support our mission of providing housing and care for cats and dogs in need of a second chance or more time to find just the right home.

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