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2020 Virtual 5k & Walk-a-Thon:



About the race


Looking for an excuse to get outside? Now’s your chance. Join PAWS Animal Adoption Center in June for the 3rd Annual Paces for PAWS: Going the Social Distance 5K and Walk-A-Thon. You can help raise money for animals in need while continuing to do your part to slow the curve! 

All proceeds will go toward supporting PAWS with continuing to provide shelter, food, and medical attention to animals in need of a helping paw and lots of love.


The sunshine is calling your name!



JUNE 14-20, 2020

If you prefer to run, all you need to do is register below and then run a route of your choice over a distance of your choice, 1 Mile, 5K, 5 Mile, or 10K. 


You can run anytime Sunday, June 14 until Saturday, June 20, 2020.


Your registration fee benefits the animals in our shelter, supports our community of pet owners, and includes a free Paces for PAWS 5K event gift for you to keep!

The race is on the honor system, but we would love for you to share your photos!


Share images of you running or walking your Paces for PAWS 5K to our Facebook page and we’ll post them on our social channels throughout June.

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.

Thank You to our 2020 Sponsors!



JUNE 1-20, 2020

If you prefer to walk, you can get pledges to help raise money for PAWS by registering for our virtual Paces for PAWS walk-a-thon.


Walkers who raise $100 will receive a free PAWS t-shirt.

Walkers who raise $250 will receive a free PAWS hoodie

** all walk-a-thon'ers will receive a race PAWS medal **

WHO: You! Reach out to your family, friends, colleagues, clubs, etc. for support! You can walk on your own or create a team with others to help raise more funds.

WHERE: Walk wherever your tail desires...at a safe distance, of course! 

WHY: PAWS needs your help to continue our lifesaving work. During the current global pandemic, PAWS has had to cancel many in-person fundraising events that were scheduled to take place over the summer, all while increasing essential services to respond to new community needs related to COVID-19. We need your help now more than ever to support the pets in our care.


You can make a difference by walking the walk! 


  • Create a team using your PAWS Team name, then:

    • Create a Facebook Fundraiser, or

    • Create a Team Fundraising Page here, or

    • Download the walk-a-thon forms from this website, complete them, and mail them in with your funds raised by July 1st to:

    • PAWS, P.O. Box 707, Rockport 04856



whether you walk or run!

Since you do this 5K your way, there are opportunities for awards regardless of whether you walk or run.




5K Runners

1)   Runners can submit their final race time to events@pawsadoption.org by June 20, 2020 for a chance at a first, second, or third place medal.


2)    Walk-A-Thon participants can:

  • Post Photos on our Facebook page

    • Random photos will win a special PAWS gift (to be decided)

  • Everyone gets a PAWS race medal

  • Collect $100 - win a PAWS t-shirt

  • Collect $250 - win a PAWS hoodie


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Race Location

Paces for PAWS is part of the Run Belfast 2020 series. Check out the website for information on additional races you can participate in this year!
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