Register today for the 2020 Paw Prints 5K Pet Fest at Smithville Park on Oct. 4

Place: Smithville Park, Eastampton

Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Race Start Time: 10:30 a.m.

Due to the success of our two signature events, Raining Cats & Dogs Pet Fest and Paw Prints 5K, we are combining them to create one big fun festival! Taking place at beautiful, historic Smithville Park Burlington County, our event will attract 400+ runners/walkers, 2,000+ animal lovers, families with pets, and over 60+ vendors. Dogs can attend wearing a leash and cats in strollers are also invited.


Use code BetterDays10 and receive $10 off your registration fee through June 30.




The timed off-road 5K course winds through a wooded trail and registrants have the option of either running or walking the distance. For those who prefer a shorter route, we have a fun trail
one-mile option.

To celebrate Friends of Burlington County Animal Shelter’s 10-year anniversary, festivities will feature family fun activities including music, food, pet friendly activities including a pet contest, games, prizes, and more!  The event will conclude with the Big Dog 50/50 drawing (last year’s ticket sales = $42,000!)

Proceeds will help fund advanced medical care, spay and neuter assistance, our TNR program and foster care. Everyone is encouraged to ask the animal lovers in their lives to contribute to the cause because we all believe a homeless animal deserves a loving home. With your help and our commitment, Burlington County will become a no-kill community for companion animals by 2025!

Welcome packet

Registration Fees:

  • 5K Run/Walk (age 18 or older): $30
  • 5K Run/Walk (age 17 or younger): $20
  • 1 Mile Walk (age 18 or older): $20
  • 1 Mile Walk (age 17 or younger): $10
  • Virtual Runner/Walker: $10
  • Race day registration for both events:
    • Age 18 or older: $40; Age 17 or younger: $20

The first 100 people to register will receive an event t-shirt.

Fundraising Prizes/Awards

Anyone who raises $100 or more will receive a Paw Prints performance style race shirt and race bag. The highest individual fundraiser overall (minimum $500) will have his/her pet featured on the front of the 2021 Paw Prints 5K t-shirt.

Individual Fundraising Prizes

  • First place: $100 gift card
  • Second place: $50 gift card
  • Third place: $25 gift card

Team Fundraising Prizes

  • $2,500+: name on recognition banner/group photo featured on Friends of BCAS website/VIP check-in/race day verbal recognition
  • $1,000+: name on recognition banner/VIP check-in
  • $500+: name on recognition banner

5K Award Categories

  • top male and female overall
  • top male with a dog and female with a dog
  • top male with a cat and female with a cat (picture or jogging stroller)
  • first,second, and third place in each age group:
    • 17 and younger
    • 18-29
    • 30-49
    • 50-69
    • 70 and older

VIP Award

$250+ fundraising will receive a special gift, VIP check-in, verbal recognition during the opening ceremony, and name on event signage.

Pet Contest

Categories are funniest, most creative, and overall. Winners will receive a $50 gift card and have their photo posted on social media.

Volunteer at the race

We'll need the support of many volunteers to make this a successful event! Volunteers must be 18 or older unless accompanied by an adult. Earn community service credit. Great opportunity for scout troops. Be part of this fun-filled day by lending a hand. Sign up to volunteer.

Be a race vendor/exhibitor/sponsor

Do you have a product or service with an animal-friendly or active/healthy lifestyle focus? We'd love to have you as a vendor at the event. Applications must be received by Sept. 18, 2020. Vendor rate is open to companies consisting of five or fewer employees. See the 2020 Paw Prints Vendor Application for all the details.

Companies that have more than 5 employees are considered sponsors. Sponsoring allows you to extend your business to reach families, individuals, and business across the county. Seventy percent of U.S. households have a family pet. See our 2020 Sponsorship Opportunities for all the details.