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5K Run (Timed)

10:00AM CDT - 12:00PM CDT

5K Fun Run/Walk

11:00AM CDT - 12:00PM CDT

Sponsor a Compass for Kids Student

11:00AM CDT - 12:00PM CDT


Southwind Park, Springfield, IL


Join us for a fun day at Southwind Park in support of the Animal Protective League (APL).


Get ready to race and raise funds for the animals of APL! This year's race will include a timed 5K Run and a Fun Run/Walk for both you and your canine companions if you choose to bring them. Registration is $30 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Don't want to race yourself? Sponsor a Compass For Kids student for $30 and get a personalized thank you letter from your student! You can also set up your own individual or team fundraiser to raise additional money for the animals.

Register by May 20th to receive a free race t-shirt.

Registration closes at midnight May 30th and race packet pick-up is May 31st from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at APL, 1001 Taintor Road. Limited packet pick-up will be available on the day of the race. There will be no on-site registration.

If you want to race with your dog they need to be sociable, well-behaved, up-to-date on all vaccinations, have proof of current rabies vaccine, be leashed at all times and be at least four months of age. 

We will also have an exciting costume contest that you and your pet can participate in, as well as vendors and other fun activities! Mel-O-Cream donuts will be provided before the race for all participants.

May 30th - Registration closes at midnight.
May 31st - Race Packet Distribution 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at APL
June 1st - Race Day
  9:00 a.m. Visit with our Vendors. Limited race day packet distribution (no on-site registration)
  9:30 a.m. Costume Contest
10:00 a.m. Timed Race
10:30 a.m. Award Ceremony for Costume Contest and Timed Race
11:00 a.m. Fun Run/Walk
12:00 p.m. Event Ends
Race Prize Categories
Overall 1st Place 5K Female
Overall 1st Place 5K Male
Overall Canine – 1st Canine across the finish line
Overall 1st Place 12 and Under Female
Overall 1st Place 12 and Under Male
Costume Contest - Best Costume


All participants must fill out a waiver prior to the race. Please download, print and complete this waiver and bring it with you when you come to pick up your race packets. This will greatly speed up your packet pick-up!

Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.


Race Contact Info

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Southwind Park, Springfield, IL


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