Dog-Friendly BARCStoberfest 5K 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 Dog-Friendly BARCStoberfest 5K race, register below, 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.
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!
$40 per runner
$45 per 5K runner on Race Day
You must register one human per dog! No retractable leashes can be used during the event.
Click here for a printable mail-in registration form.
There are no refunds of entry given or transfers of entry permitted for this event.
RACE DAY SCHEDULE
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!
Pre Race Day Packet Pick-up Sessions to be announced soon!
Race Day from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. **Please note that race-day pick-up will close promptly at 8:30 a.m. To avoid long lines at BARCStoberfest, we encourage all runners and walkers to pick up on Thursday or Friday at one of the above venues.**
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 BARCStoberfest race shirt, special pet bandana and FREE entry into the dog-friendly beer garden.
All 5K registrants will receive complimentary chip timing.
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.
You must register one human per dog! No retractable leashes can be used during the event. Please no roller blades, skateboards, scooters, 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.
BARCS is an open-admission shelter, granting refuge to every abandoned, neglected, abused, lost or surrendered animal that comes through our door. A staggering 30 or more animals are surrendered to BARCS every day. No matter what the circumstance, we do not turn away any animal in need of shelter, food, medical care and a loving touch. Yearly, this equates to more than 11,000 dogs, cats, kittens, puppies, and even wildlife and exotic animals that need care and placement.
It is thanks to the generosity from the dedicated friends of BARCS that thousands of abandoned animals are able to leave as cherished pets for their forever homes each year. There are so many suffering, neglected and abandoned pets in Baltimore that still need your 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 BARCStoberfest 5K goes directly towards caring for Baltimore's animals in need.
Race questions? Contact our events team at 410-308-1870 or email@example.com.