Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary 20th Annual 5K Run for the Animals and 1-Mile Fun Walk

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About the Campaign

Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary will be holding its 20th Annual 5K Run for the Animals and 1-Mile Fun Walk on Sunday, May 21, 2023 at 8:00 a.m. All funds raised will go towards the lifesaving work Poplar Spring does every day. The funds will care and feed the rescued animals that live at Poplar Spring, as well as educate the public about compassion towards all animals.

The run will be held at beautiful Wheaton Regional Park. The majority of the run and walk is on paved trails, with the remainder of the course on hard packed trails. The run takes you through the scenic park, with most of the course being in the shade. The run begins at 8:00 a.m. The Fun Walk begins at 8:10 a.m. Although dogs cannot participate in the run, they are more than welcome to come out and join the 1 mile walk.


We are happy to announce that the Run for the Animals will be held in-person. We are also offering the option of a virtual race. What this means is that if you would prefer to complete a 5K run or a walk on your own, you can do so anytime during the week of May 21st.


This is the only event Poplar Spring has at this time of the year, and the funds that are raised are vital to continuing to help feed and care for all the rescued animals. Most of the animals at the sanctuary have come from situations of extreme cruelty and have taught us what it means to endure and to be forgiving. We are extremely grateful for your participation, and of any fundraising you are motivated to do. We will be awarding great, vegan prizes to the top fundraisers.


The emcee for the race is Lisa Berigan, radio host of BIG 100.3!!! Lisa has over 20 years experience hosting radio shows and is the proud companion to her beautiful dog Riley.

There will be an in-person pre-race warm-up by Courage Karate for all the runner’s and walkers!
Be sure to participate and get pumped for the 5k or 1 mile walk.

We will be collecting used sneakers at the race, which will be donated to GotSneakers, who recycles and reuses them.