What is Pawprints Petfest and 5k?
In its 6th year, the Paw Prints PetFest & 5K is a non-profit community event that attracts 5,000+ attendees to raise awareness and funds to help homeless animals in Burlington County. As an all-volunteer organization, 100% of the event’s proceeds go directly to funding medical care, training, foster support, TNR and other important life saving programs.
All who register for the 5K run/walk will enjoy the beautiful scenic trails of historic Smithville Park. Participants are welcome to completed their personal fitness challenge alongside their furry friend. PetFest activities will include games for the kids, dogs, pet costume contest, music, beer garden, food trucks, vendors, gift basket tent and our much-anticipated Big Dog 50/50 drawing!
- Dog Contests – peanut butter licking/ pet costume
- Dog Agility Course
- Dog Capture The Flag Game
- Itty Bitty 500 Race
- Kids Zone including Inflatables/pumpkin painting/games
- Food Trucks
- Drink Vendor/Beverage Garden sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka
- Basket Raffle Tent
- 40+ Vendors
- Dog Adoptions/Cat Adoptions
- Petastic Photo Zone
- Friends of BCAS Information Tent
- Burlington County Animal Shelter Information Tent
Ways to Become Involved
- Register for the Paw Prints 5K Run/Walk as individual or form a team
- Volunteer to help day of event/earn community service hours. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Become a sponsor. Naming opportunities available
- Become a vendor. Does not have to be exclusively pet related products
- Donate a gift basket or item for the gift basket tent. Contact email@example.com
- Provide complimentary videography or photography services
Interested in Donating?
Want to Become a
Vendor or Sponsor?
Our annual Big Dog 50/50 raffle tickets are now available. Last year’s Big Dog winner won over $56,000!
The winning ticket will be drawn at 2:30 p.m. at Paw Prints Pet Fest & 5K, on September 17, 2023 at Smithville Park.
Tickets are $5 each. You can get tickets
- Reserve your tickets online through noon on September 16th
- In person at the Paw Prints Pet Fest & 5K from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
If you reserve tickets online, you will be sent an email with your ticket number(s) within 48 hours.
You do not have to be present to win.
All money raised goes to help homeless animals in Burlington County, including paying for medical care, spay/neuter surgery, special food, and training.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Bring My Dog?
All dogs are welcome provided a non-retractable leash is used and vaccinations are up to date. We ask all dog owners to keep their distance from other dogs if their dog is feeling uneasy or reactive to other dogs.
Is there an admission fee?
No, the PetFest is free to attend. 5K participants will incur a registration fee and are encouraged to pre-register to avoid the check-in line.
Parking is free.
Will I need cash for the gift basket raffle, Big Dog tix?
In addition to cash, credit card, Venmo and Paypal is accepted. Big Dog tickets are $5 each.
Can businesses participate?
Absolutely! Whether as a sponsor or vendor, this event will allow businesses to market their product or service to 5,000+ attendees. Vendors are businesses of less than 5 employees.
This event is a wonderful opportunity to promote community engagement and volunteerism. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
What is included in registration?
All runners/walkers receive a standard cotton logo t-shirt and bib. For those who raise $100, a performance style dri-fit shirt will be earned. $250 in fundraising earns the fundraiser a performance style dri-fit shirt, two tickets to beer garden AND Yeti 10oz Wine Tumbler with lid.
Is the trail paved?
The timed off road 5K course winds through a wooded trail and registrants have the option of either running or walking. For those who prefer a shorter route, we have a fun trail one mile option separate from the main 5K course. All race participants have the option to run/walk with their dog or cat in stroller.
Are runners with dogs and without dogs running at the same time?
Runners without dogs will kick off the race. Shortly following will be runners with dogs, followed by walkers with and without dogs.
Can kids participate?
Most certainly. Any child under 9 years of age, can walk with their family without registering. Children between 10 and 18 years of age must register as a ‘youth” participant.
Will medals be awarded?
The top three finishers in each age group category will be awarded. Medal will also be given out for overall male and female finisher, including with dog or cat.
Is a map available of the 5K course?
Yes. Download Map (PDF)