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Walk/Run Arch

Woof. Meow. Party!

It's a Party in the Park, All for the Animals.


SATURDAY, MAY 2 @ Esther Short Park

Date: May 2, 2020
7:30 am-12 pm
Esther Short Park, Vancouver, Washington


Walk/Run 2020:

  • Event FAQ

    Q. What do I need to bring with me to the Walk/Run?
    A. Great question! Here are a few suggestions:
    - Cash and check donations not turned in at Advance Check-in and your Donation Tracker form with your donor information.
    - Your race bib if you're a runner (if picked up at Advance Check-in).
    - Cash. We will have several vendors at the Walk from whom you may purchase goodies for you and your pet! Not all vendors will be able to process credit cards so you may want to bring cash.  
    - Six-foot or shorter leash (not an “extend-a-leash”) and dog waste bags if you are bringing your dog.
    - Your ID. If you're over 21 you can join us for a post-walk/run beer in the beer garden with Heathen Brewing!

    Q. Where does the path go?
    A. There are separate paths for the walkers and runners - see the routes here.

    Q. Where should I go when I get there?
    A. If you have not yet registered, or if you have registered and not picked up your bib and prizes (if eligible) head to the Registration at the stage, located in the middle of the park. Registration will begin at 7:30 am. If you’re already registered and already checked-in, enjoy the park before we start the run and walk at 9 am. 

    Q. Can I attend the Walk/Run if I don’t want to bring a pet?
    A. Everyone is welcome at the Walk/Run for Animals. Plenty of attendees either do not own pets or have pets that stay home. If you’re a cat lover, consider walking in honor of your cat by pinning a photo of your cat to your shirt. For safety reasons, for both you, dogs and cats, we ask that cats stay at home.

    Q. What kind of leash can I use?
    A. All dogs must be kept on a leash at all times. Leashes should be no more than six feet in length while on the course. Flexi-leads or “extend-a leashes” are NOT allowed.

    Q. What vaccines does my dog need to participate?
    A. While we don't require you to bring proof of vaccinations, we do request your dog be current with the following:
    - Distemper/Parvo combo, Bordatella, and Rabies
    - A current license

    Q. Can I bring my bike or roller blades? What about my baby stroller?
    A. Bikes, skateboards, rollerblades, etc. are prohibited for safety reasons. Baby strollers are permitted.

    Q. What if my dog goes to the bathroom?
    A. We hope you’ll take Walk/Run as an opportunity to practice responsible pet guardianship and clean up after your pet! We will have some waste bags at the event, but please bring your own as well. Help us model what it means to be a respectful animal lover living amongst others, cleaning up after your pet helps everyone on the course.

  • Event Schedule

    Schedule of Events  |  May 2, 2020

    Registration, Check-in & Vendor Village - 7:30 am
    Beer Garden & Team Chalet Open - 8 am
    Walk and Run Begin - 9 am
    Run Awards - 10:30 am
    Fundraising Team Awards - 11 am
    Party in the Park - 7:30 am to 11:30 am

  • Route Details

    Courses are dog and kid-friendly and water stations (for both dogs and people!) are provided. Walk and run courses feature some of the finest scenery our city has to offer!

    Here's a course overview for both walk and run options. Or, you can view our detailed map with walk and run courses here.

    3-Mile Walk
    Along the Columbia River
    Out and back
    Water stations for people & dogs!

    5k Timed-Run
    One of the only dog-friendly chip-timed run in the NW!
    Out and back
    Separate route from walkers
    Run through Fort Vancouver
    Water stations for people & dogs!
    Check race results at finish-line kiosks and online after the event
    Finishing prizes, finisher's medal, and placement awards  

  • Sponsorship Opportunities

    Our sponsors make it all happen - they care about the dogs and cats in our community and they really know how to show it! 

    2020 Sponsors

    Thomas A. Plein Foundation

    Main Event Sports Grill
    Waste Connections

    Top Dog
    WellHaven Pet Health

    Fat Cat

    Bag Giveaway
    Leonardo's Pizzeria

    Animal-Focused Giveaway
    Platinum Pets, LLC

    Tail Wagger
    Tito's Handmade Vodka

    Beverage Partner
    Heathen Brewing

    Media Partner
    98.7 The Bull
    The Columbian

    Interested in being a Walk/Run for the Animals sponsor? Contact Denise Barr at [email protected] for more information!

  • Vendor Opportunities

    Vendor Village is the best of animal-loving organizations all in one place. From the latest in toys and treats to businesses owned and operated by pet lovers, Vendor Village brings a great mix of people together, all for the dogs and cats. Make sure to browse Vendor Village after your walk or run and take advantage of free samples and special promotions!

    Interested in being a vendor? Download the Vendor application below:


    Who's going to be there?

    Bear Prairie Kennels
    Beastie Boutique
    Denise Gerkhe - Real Estate Specialist at KW
    Forever Pet Dental
    Heathen Brewing (Beer Garden)
    HSSW Best Friends
    HSSW ReTails Thrift Store
    Main Event Sports Grill (Team Chalet)
    Northwest Personal Training/WHY Racing Events
    OHS Spay and Save Program
    Old Dog Haven
    Power Crunch
    Umpqua Bank
    Waste Connections
    WellHaven Pet Health

    Questions about being a Walk/Run for the Animals vendor? Contact Kyra Phelps at [email protected] for more information! 

  • Volunteer

    Thank you for considering volunteering at Walk/Run for the Animals! Volunteers are a crucial part of making the event possible, so we’re looking for dependable and committed people. All activities occur outside and the event happens despite any weather.

    Please review the volunteer positions by clicking below. 


    All volunteers receive a volunteer t-shirt, wristband for two beers in the Heathen Brewery beer garden (for 21+), and a wristband for breakfast in the Team Chalet. Grab a pint and some breakfast after your shift and celebrate all the good you've done for the animals! 

    Questions? Want to learn more about volunteer opportunities?

    Contact [email protected]

  • Upcoming Yappy Hours

    Join us at Heathen Brewing Feral Public House for Yappy Hour in support of Walk/Run for the Animals and the Humane Society for Southwest Washington! Beer specials, Walk/Run prize giveaways and sign up for Walk/Run (May 2) at a special rate. Hang out with your four-legged family members and support the dogs and cats!

    March 14 from 2-5 pm
    April 11 from 2-5 pm

    1109 Washington St, Vancouver, WA 98660

    More information to come!

Questions? Contact: 
Kyra Phelps
Marketing & Events Coordinator
[email protected] or 360-213-2614