Santa Paws 5K & Fun Run

Join the SPCA of Wake County for the largest certified, competitive, dog-friendly race in the Triangle — with a touch of holiday spirit.

A certified 5K race event, with dogs! This 5K run is a USATF sanctioned, timed event. 

The Santa Paws 5K is for serious runners (USATF sanctioned, timed) and for recreational runners who just want to dress up their dogs and have fun! Love animals, but think running a 5K sounds exhausting? Choose to go slow and steady by registering for the one-mile fun run/walk or donate to sleep-in for the cause!

Event Details: 

  • Date: Sunday, November 18 (rain or shine)
  • Race Check-In: 8:00am
  • Race Start Time: 9:00am
  • Where: Dorothea Dix Park (62 Whiteside Drive, Raleigh, NC)
  • Cost: $25 - $45 (Varies based on registration date and classification)

NEW This Year: 

  • Event T-shirts are NOT included with registration. You can add a shirt to your registration or you can purchase one (or more) without registering, through October 31, 2018.
  • Non-fundraiser registration available - Don't want to fundraise or get coaching emails about how to be a successful fundraiser - no problem - just register as a Non-Fundraiser.  
  • Early Bird Discounts are automatically applied when registering as a fundraiser. No more trying to remember the code or looking for the email! 
    • Super Early Bird ($10 off) - valid until August 31, 2018
    • Early Bird ($5 off) - Valid until October 31, 2018
  • Costume Awards - by Celebrity Santa, Gerald Owens from WRAL- TV





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Runner Categories

  • Competitive Runners (with or without a dog)
    • Includes timing chip
    • Race results posted online
    • Eligible for Runner by Age awards and costume contest
  • Recreational Runners (with or without dog)
    • No timing chip or results
    • Must be able to run (or fast walk) a 15 minute mile
    • Eligible for costume awards
  • One-Mile Fun Run (with or without dog)
    • No timing chip or results
    • Eligible for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place award & costume contest


Competitive Runner By Age:

• 14 Years & Under • 40 - 49 Years 
• 15 - 19 Years  • 50 - 59 Years 
• 20 - 29 Years • 60 - 69 Years 
• 30 - 39 Years  • 70+ Years 

Note: All age categories have two awards, with dog and without a dog.

Fun Run/Walk Costume Fundraiser
• First Place               • Best Dressed: • Top Individual Fundraiser
• Second Place      • Dog         (2) Tickets to Christmas Carol
• Third Place      • Human       on 12/12 at 7pm at DPAC
       • Duo/Family  


Recent Activity

Run Repeat Editors Pick

Run Repeat's Top Dog Friendly Run / Walk in the USA

Thank you Sponsors!