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Ready, Set…SNIFF! 5K Race and 1M Walk

Online Registration is now closed. Registration is available on-site on race day.

The Ready, Set, Sniff! 5K Run and One-Mile Walk helps to save homeless animals at BARCS animal shelter. Run/walk as a team with a four-legged buddy, just as yourself or with your fundraising teammates.

We are asking all runners and walkers to create a personal fundraising page. Your fundraising efforts will help us to care for the over 11,000 animals that come to BARCS each year. As Maryland's largest shelter, we could not help these animals—many of which are sick, injured and require urgent care—without your help.

And, getting started is super easy! First, simply register to raise donations for the animals -- you can participate as an individual or start a team with your friends and family. When you raise your first $40, you're automatically part of our One-Mile Walk.

If you are a runner looking to participate in the Ready, Set, SNIFF! 5K race, register with Charm City Run when race sign-up opens, and in your confirmation email you will find a link to set up your fundraising page! Every step that’s taken, every dollar that’s raised saves a life at BARCS.

Entry Fees

One-Mile Walkers: Raise or donate at least $40 on your personal fundraising page and you are automatically signed-up to participate in the walk!

5K Runners: $40 per runner

$45 per 5K runner on Race Day 

Please click here for a printable mail in registration form. (coming soon)

You must register one human per dog! No retractable leashes can be used during the event.

There are no refunds of entry given or transfers of entry permitted for this event.

Event Details


Race Day Packet Pick-up and Registration start at 7:30 a.m.

5K Participant start 9 a.m./Human Dog Team Start 9:05 a.m.


All race participants are encouraged to fundraise by setting up your own fundraising page before or at the conclusion of your registration process. You can run/walk and raise money as an individual or as a 'Pack' team!

Packet Pick-Up

Race Day
Beginning at 7:30AM at Patterson Park


Runs through beautiful Patterson Park, pavement course.


Medals will be given to the top three male and female and top three human/dog team.

Prize will be given to top individual fundraiser and the top pack team fundraiser.


All participants will receive a race packet, an ultra-soft Ready, Set, SNIFF! race shirt and special pet bandana.

Post- Race Party

Food, water and entertainment will be available for racers, pets and their families including pet costume contests, shopping at a variety of food and retail vendors, animal rescues, face painting and more. And all runners and walkers receive free entry into the beer garden, which is open from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  

Race Guidelines

You must register one human per dog! No retractable leashes can be used during the event. Please no baby joggers, strollers, roller blades, skates, bikes, or headphones allowed on the race course. Your race number must be worn on your front and must be visible. DO NOT exchange or give your race number to another participant. There are no refunds of entry given or transfers of entry permitted for this event.


The most powerful wish in an animal shelter comes from such a tiny word ... "home." At BARCS, the search for a home is everything - for every neglected cat or dog given up by its family, every kitten and puppy born into an already overpopulated world - home is the ultimate hope. It is thanks to the generosity from the dedicated friends of BARCS who help thousands of abandoned animals leave as cherished pets for their forever homes each year.

There are so many suffering, neglected and abandoned pets in Baltimore that still need our help. BARCS strives to save all healthy and treatable animals, but we can only accomplish this goal with your help. Every dollar raised from the Ready, Set, Sniff 5K goes directly toward the animals in our care.

Race questions? Contact our events team at 410-308-1870 or

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