Event Description

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!

Race Start Time:  

9:00 - 5k timed, without dogs 

9:02 - 5k timed, with dogs

9:04 - 5k untimed, without dogs

9:06 - 5k untimed, with dogs

9:08 - 1M untimed without dogs

9:10 - 1M untimed with dogs


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