Tue May 25 - Mon May 31
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Join us for the inaugural Pawsitive Hearts Run for Rescues 5k! This race will take place virtually from May 25, 2021, through May 31, 2021.

Pawsitive Hearts is a 501c3 foster-based dog rescue. We operate within a 1-hour radius of both Zanesville and Columbus, Ohio. Our mission is to prevent euthanasia and save the lives of as many dogs as we can by removing them from overcrowded shelters. This 5k race is one of our annual fundraisers that allow us to provide spay/neuter surgeries, vaccines, emergency surgeries, and all needed foster supplies for all of our dogs at no cost to the foster. Without volunteers and community support, we would never be able to complete our mission. Thank you for your support!

Additional Race Information


All participants who register for the Pawsitive Hearts Run for Rescues 5k will receive swag bag that includes the following:

  • A branded Pawsitive Hearts drawstring bag
  • A branded Pawsitive Hearts water bottle
  • A unique 2021 Run for Rescues 5k medal
  • Other Pawsitive Hearts branded items

Participants also have the option to add on a t-shirt for an additional $20. This is completely optional, but if you would like to add a t-shirt and support our fantastic cause, you can do so within the registration process!

Shipping or Pickup Options

You have two choices for packet pickup or you can choose to have your materials mailed to you.

Pickup option 1 - Dillon State Park in Nashport, OH (5265 Dillon Hills Dr, Nashport, OH 43830) - Saturday, May 22, 2 pm - 5 pm.
Pickup option 2 - Columbus Running Company Pickerington (1250 Hill Rd N, Pickerington, OH 43147) - Saturday, May 22, 10 am - 6 pm, and Sunday, May 23, 12 pm - 4 pm.

Shipping is also available for $8 per person (within the US, pricing differs for those outside the US) for anyone who prefers to have their materials shipped to them. For those who select shipping, materials will be shipped out on May 24, 2021.

Steps To Complete A Virtual Race

Step 1: Sign up

Sign up for Pawsitive Hearts Run for Rescues 5k here, and drop some extra in the bucket for Pawsitive Hearts while you're there!

Step 2: Train

Train to get in shape for your race. Listen to your body and be smart. Looking for a group to connect with to keep you motivated throughout your training cycle? Check out the Rally Columbus group on Facebook, it's full of cheer and motivation to keep you rolling through race day.

Step 3: Participate

Get out during the event time frame (May 25-31) and participate in your race. Choose a safe course, socially distance properly as the current regulations dictate, and have some fun! Share your race photos on the results page when you submit your results.

Step 4: Report

After you've completed your race, you can report your results right from the website's results page. See our How To Report Results page on the site for details.

Attention OSU Employees!

OSU employees who train for and complete this race can earn 500 YP4H points (Max: 8 per calendar year).

Special Thanks

We wanted to take the time to give a special thanks to DogTopia and Columbus Running Company for all that they have done for us this year in helping to put on a great first year event!

Follow Us On Facebook!

Follow us on Facebook for awesome giveaways, updates, and more! We will have 3 drawings - 2 gift cards and a certificate for a free pair of running shoes from Columbus Running Company! Additionally, we will be hosting a 5k Friday each Friday leading up to the event. Anyone who registers on a Friday is entered in for a special gift card drawing! Stay tuned for more exciting updates!


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Interactive Race Day Experience with RaceJoy

Live Phone Tracking, GPS Progress Alerts and Cheers!

We are providing you with RaceJoy as part of the official race experience for the Pawsitive Hearts Run for Rescues 5k - VIRTUAL.

Download the RaceJoy mobile app in advance to ensure proper phone setup. Invite your friends and family to track you and send you cheers!

Some key RaceJoy features include:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive continual progress updates as you complete your goal.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Remote spectators can track your progress live in a map view. You can also track others.


  • Receive supportive audio cheers from remote friends & family.

Virtual Results (virtual events only)

  • Enter your race-assigned bib number to automatically submit your finish data for real-time scored results.
To use RaceJoy, you must carry your phone and activate tracking on the day you complete your race.
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