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5k run & 1 mile pledge walk


About the race

Welcome! This year's event will take place on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at the Belfast Rail Trail!

Paces for PAWS is a dog friendly event so please bring your best canine companions to participate in the festivities (don't forget leashes, please)! 


With this event, we hope to provide an opportunity for people of all ages in our community to help homeless and abandoned animals receive the medical care, shelter and companionship they need until their forever homes are found.


All proceeds from this event will go to support the animals at PAWS.


Event check-in will begin at 7:30 AM next to the parking lot by the Armistice Footbridge on the waterfront (corner of Pierce & Water St.), with the 5k Race beginning at 8:30 AM. 


If running isn't your thing, you can still join in on the fun! The 1 mile Pledge Walk will begin at 8:40 AM (please arrive for check-in by 8:30 AM).


Walk with your dogs, kids or friends; come out in silly hats or costumes; make it your own and most importantly, have some fun!

Come join us! Enjoy the outdoors with your 2 & 4 legged friends, visit with some pet-related vendors, get some event swag (maybe even an award!), and support a good cause. We look forward to seeing

you there! 



Online pre-registration

5k Run: $25 per person

Pledge Walk:

$25 per walker

Online pre-registration through Active will be available through June 19th at midnight.


Event t-shirts are guaranteed for all participants who register by June 19th; after that date, they are available while supplies last.

Day-of registration

5k Run: $35 per person

Family Fun Walk:

$25 per walker

The registration tent will be next to the parking lot by the Armistice Footbridge on the waterfront (corner of Pierce and Water St.).

Be a sponsor!


As a sponsor of Paces for PAWS, you will be supporting the mission of P.A.W.S. and helping us continue to care for the hundreds of homeless dogs and cats that come through our shelter every year.


Your sponsorship will be shared with our 10,000 (and growing) followers on our social medial channels, this website, the P.A.W.S. website, and to 2,000 P.A.W.S. eNewsletter subscribers.

Expenses accrue quickly for food, litter, cleaning supplies and medical care. With your support of this fundraising event, you can help us care for a pet, like Madge, before they find their forever home!

Thank You to our 2019 Sponsors!

Would you like to become a vendor and share your pet and family friendly service or product with the event participants?  Sign up today!

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Race Location

Paces for PAWS is part of the Run Belfast 2018 series. Check out the website for information on additional races you can participate in this year!
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