9:00 AM Saturday, OCT. 30, 2021 Rain or shine! Pavilion 4 Directions
This Race is in Draft Mode
Countdown to Annual Black Cat Run/Walk Day
Online Reg Closed. Race day Registration 8am-845am


$30 10/29 9:30AM EDT - 12:30PM EDT Registration Opens August 17, 2022 at 12:00am EDT
Online Reg Closed. Race day Registration 8am-845am

1 Mile Fun Walk LIVE

$30 10/29 9:30AM EDT - 12:30PM EDT Registration Opens August 17, 2022 at 12:00am EDT

5K Run - Virtual

$30 Registration Opens August 17, 2022 at 8:36am EDT

1 Mile Fun Walk - Virtual

$30 Registration Opens August 17, 2022 at 2:04pm EDT


We’re BACK! This year is special! It is our 13th annual Black Cat 5K Run & 1 Mile Fun Walk so it’s sure to be especially spooky! Live walk and race participants will be able to join us at Peace Valley Park in New Britain at Pavilion 4. The in-person race will start promptly at 9:00 AM on Saturday, October 30th, 2021 rain or shine! You can preregister online until 11:59 p.m. October 27. Or register on race day between 8 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. at Pavilion 4. 

Can't make it in-person? Participate virtually! You can sign up for the virtual event through end of day Saturday, October 30; then upload your time.

Make the event your own: Recruit friends or family and form a fundraising team. Run or walk with your dog. Wear a costume and share your photos with us. Please take care while you run or walk, being mindful that social distancing is still appreciated and respectful. Have fun!!!

Event Perks

  • All in-person walkers or runners who are registered by 10/09 will be guaranteed a race shirt! Shirts will be available for pickup on race day.
  • Virtual walkers and runners who register by 10/9 will be guaranteed a race shirt; shipping fees will apply. 
  • Awards will be presented to the top finishers in the in-person 5K race only.
    • First place overall male and female runners will receive gift cards and special trophies created by our animals!  
    • Medals will be presented to the top three male and female runners by age group:
      • 14 and under
      • 15-19
      • 20-29
      • 30-39
      • 40-49
      • 50-59
      • 60-69
      • 70 and over
  • The top two fundraising teams will be invited for a private behind-the-scenes tour at either BCSPCA shelter!
  • Best of all – you’ll be helping homeless pets get a second chance at happiness! We need your support now more than ever to meet the rising demand for our lifesaving services in Bucks County.


  • $30 per runner/walker registration

5K Run Results

The in-person 5K is professionally timed by Pretzel City Sports. Race results will be available on their website within 24 hours of the race.

Although the virtual run is non-competitive, we invite you to submit your self-timed results in one of the following ways:

  1. Results tab on this website.
  2. Your Runsignup profile

Special thanks to race director Heidi Laubach and her team of dedicated volunteers who launched the Black Cat 5K 13 years ago to raise money for the animals of the Bucks County SPCA. Heidi and friends have donated their time and talents again this year to create a combined in-person and virtual event as fun and purposeful as in years past. Thank you for joining us to make this year's Black Cat the best yet!

Additional Information

  • No confirmation will be sent, verify entry under your profile.

  • Event promoters have the right to alter or cancel events for any reason.

Absolutely no refunds, transfers, exchanges or credits.

T-Shirt Design
Send A Message From Your Run/Walk

If you would like to take a picture of your run, please feel free to download the photo message PDF template below. Write your message, take your photos, share it on social media with the hashtag #blackcat5k


Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.

Black Cat 5K Run-Walk FAQ

1)    Who can enter the race?

The short answer...EVERYONE. This is a perfect event to do with your family, friends, co-workers, classmates, or by yourself. You can join us in person on the 30th or live anywhere in the USA to participate virtually.

2)    How do I sign up?

Just visit the sign-up tab above and enter all necessary information for each registrant. You’ll have the opportunity to choose your shirt size.  In-person participants will receive their shirt at the race. Virtual participants will receive the shirt in the mail * Reminder- you must register by 10/9 to be guaranteed a shirt.

If you would prefer to register manually rather than online, download the mail-in form HERE

3)    If I register my family, do we all have to do the same event? In other words, is it ok if some do the 5K, while others do the 1-mile?

You can all do different events! Mix it up any way you like.

4)    Are any awards being given for the fastest times?

Awards will be presented to the top finishers in the in-person 5K race only.

  • First place overall male and female runners will receive gift cards and special trophies created by our animals!  
  • Medals will be presented to the top three male and female runners by age group:14 and under
    70 and over

The virtual run is just for fun (i.e., not a competitive race), but you’re more than welcome to enter your final time by visiting here. You can also download a printable certificate when you’re finished! You do not need to enter your time as proof, but it’s always fun to see how you did. It’s completely optional. You can do so after you’re finished by visiting the RESULTS tab of this race and entering your time, you will then be able to download your Finisher's Certificate.

5)    Do I have to wait to receive my merchandise to do the event?

No, not at all. The live race takes place on October 30th. Virtual participants can complete the race/walk any day or any time they choose up until the end of the day on 10/30. Shirts are shipped to eligible participants, (orders received by 10/9). Please note that all sales are final. We cannot offer exchanges or refunds.

6)    How do I download the race day bib and certificate of completion? (This applies to Virtual runners/ walkers).

We have enabled Pre-Race Bibs, you will be able to access your Bib by navigating to Profile > Upcoming Events > Manage Registration > Manage Registration. From this page, you will be able to share or print your Pre-Race bib using the icons above the bib 

7)  I’d like to do the race, but don’t need a t-shirt – How do I let someone know?

Thank you for your consideration and generosity! Kindly notify us through info@buckscountyspca.org and we’ll take care of it.

8) My company would like to help sponsor. Do you have sponsorship opportunities available?

Yes, please visit the "Become a Sponsor" section to find out more or email ddigney@buckcountyspca.org

9)   How can I make a donation?

Please see the DONATE button and thank you for your donation!


How did the Black Cat 5K get started?

The fundraiser got started when Heidi Laubach found herself downsized due to the economic recession in 2009. She wanted to devote her time to helping animals and was inspired by her black cat named Pumpkin. The event is run by the dedicated staff of BCSPCA along with Laubach and a team of generous volunteers looking to help animals in need. Thus, the Black Cat 5K was born and has been benefiting animals in the BCSPCA’s care for over a decade. 

The Bucks County SPCA Mission: 

The Bucks County SPCA assists animals in need and prevents suffering through rescue, rehoming, cruelty investigation and prosecution, and community outreach.

With our community’s support we have grown and expanded, now operating two open-admission, no-time-limit shelters in Lahaska and Quakertown. We also provide extensive humane investigation and education programs. The Bucks County SPCA works to keep animals in their homes and out of the shelter system by offering temporary boarding for pets referred by a social service agency during emergencies and donating pet supplies to food pantries. We are an independent locally-supported 501c nonprofit, and not part of a national organization or county government.

Become A Sponsor

Thank you for your interest in sponsoring the Black Cat 5K Run/Walk.

If you would like to sponsor the Black Cat 5K Run/Walk, we have made it very simple, you will receive:

  • Event Website - Your name, logo, and a link to your website displayed on event site.
  • Facebook - "Thank you for your Support" post on the Bucks County SPCA Facebook Event Page.
  • Email - Thank you email to all participants.

If you are interested in sponsoring the Bucks County SPCA's Black Cat 5K & 1 Mile Fun Walk, please send an email to ddigney@buckscountyspca.org with the following:

Sponsor Name
Sponsor URL
Sponsor Logo
Contact First Name
Contact Last Name
Contact Phone Number
Contact E-mail

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