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Panting for Paws 5K

  • 5K Run:- Run 3.1 Miles
  • 1 Mile Family Fun Run/Walk:- Run 1 Mile
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Start Time
9 am
Entry Fee
Lippold Park
851 IL-176
Crystal Lake
(815) 338-4400

 _ 2017 Panting for Paws 5K and 1 MILE Family Run/Walk:


Join us for 11 years of Panting for Paws!

Last year was a blast as we celebrated 10 years with the community...running, walking, and even panting! We are always so grateful for the support we've received year after year and look forward to each years' event getting bigger and better. We even won the acclaimed 2017 Best of the Fox Readers' Choice award for Best Shelter in McHenry County...that's seven years in a row! 

So, we're ready to have you join us again at this "pawsome" event! Dust off your running and walking shoes and register today! REGISTER EARLY & SAVE - All registrations for 5K will save $5 through September 30, 2017.

Our goal is to raise $25,000 this year to help care for the animals in our shelter, so the more registrations and donations received the closer we get to our goal! Helping Paws' mission for more than 48 years has been to provide shelter, food, medical care and comfort to the animals in our care until they are placed into loving, responsible homes. It costs a lot to keep the shelter running and we can only do it with the help of generous individuals and businesses who donate year round to support the animals' welfare. 100% of all proceeds benefit the animals in our care, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. Thank you so much for your support!

The race course for the 5K is CARA certified and professionally timed. Medals will be awarded to top male and female finisher overall, and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each age group. Age groups: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-70, 70-79, 80 & over.


New This Year!

Well-behaved and socialized dogs who are 6 months and older are welcome to participate in the 1 Mile Family Run/Walk. Strollers are also welcome. This event is not "timed", but we require everyone to be off the course within 30 minutes.

IMPORTANT: Dogs must be on leash at all times and have rabies tags on their collar the day of the event. No retractable leashes or leashes longer than 6 feet. Pet owners must take full responsibility for the behavior of their pet and are also responsible for cleaning up after their dog(s) at all times. Disposable waste bags will be available at the event. We also reserve the right to refuse entry or request that a dog be removed from the course if we feel it might prove hazardous to others or whose physical condition appears to be compromised.


Following the 5K, there will be post-race refreshments and awards ceremony. Everyone can also visit with sponsors and vendors, as well as some of our adoptable dogs. 

Course Info

 - Both the 5k run/walk and the 1 Mile Family Run/Walk will take place at Lippold Park on a scenic path of crushed limestone. The course is flat throughout. Both races will start and end near the softball pavilion in the northeast section of the park.


 - Directions to Lippold Park

From Chicago: 
Take I90 West to RT 47, exit North. Turn Right on RT176. Park will be on the right approx 3.5 miles. 

From the North: 
Take RT. 31 south to RT. 176. Turn right. Park is on the left, approx ¼ mile past RT  14. 

From the South:
Take RT. 47, turn Right on RT176. Park will be on the right approx 3.5 miles. 

From the East:
Take RT176 West. Park is on the left, approx ¼ mile past RT 14. 

From the West: 
Take RT. 176 east. Park is on the right, approx. ¼ mile before RT. 14. 

Other Info

- 2017 race registration is open Registration Information



2016 Results at: athlinks.com 
2015 Results at: athlinks.com
2014 Results at pantingforpaws.com: Overall / Age Group / Searchable 
2013 Results at pantingforpaws.com: Overall / Age Group / Searchable
2012 Results at pantingforpaws.com: Overall / Age Group / Searchable
2011 Results at pantingforpaws.com: Overall / Age Group / Searchable 
2010 Results at pantingforpaws.com: Overall / Age Group / Searchable
2009 Results: not available ???
2008 Results at: athlinks.com
2007 Results at: athlinks.com
2006 Results at: athlinks.com



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