Paws in the Park 5k

Sat June 3, 2023 Directions

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Cascades Falls Park


Join us for our 5th annual 5k run/walk at Cascades Falls Park! The park is located at 1401 S Brown St, Jackson, MI 49203. Paws in the Park is one of Cascades Humane Society’s largest fundraisers of the year! All donations and registration fees go straight to the animals in our care. We have great incentives this year, so make sure to ask your families and friends to donate so you can get great prizes! Paws in the Park 2023 will be on Saturday, June 3rd, 2023 and features a beautiful 5k run/walk around Cascades Falls Park.  Leashed dogs are welcome to attend and participate in the event.  Prefer a short distance or a casual troll?  Join us for our 1 Mile Woof Walk!  Each 5k participant will receive a t-shirt and finisher medal.  Each Woof Walk participant will receive a t-shirt. T-shirts are guaranteed with registrations by May 26th!  Supplies are available as they last after that date.

Back this Year
The Doggie Dash! This is a kids-only event and each participant will receive a paw print medal.

Early Packet Pick Up will be at Cascades Humane Society on Friday, June 2nd from 5:00pm - 7:00pm.  No packet pick-up is needed for the Doggie Dash

Can't make it? Join the Paws in the Park Virtual 5k.
Can’t make the race, but want to support CHS and our furry friends? This virtual race you can complete on your own time and at your favorite place.  Run, jog, walk, or roll whenever it is convenient to you. Your swag will be mailed out on August 20th to the address you provide at sign-up.  Remember to use Strava, RunKeeper, MapMyRun, or your preferred APP to keep track of your route and mileage. 

Group Pricing
Have other friends or family who wish to participate? Register with 3 or more people and receive a discount of $3 per registrant!

For additional information about the Paws in the Park event visit the website


The race will be chip timed by the Michigan Running Foundation

Packet Pickup

You will be able to pick up your packet at Cascades Humane Society, on June 2nd from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm.  We will also have packet pick up on-site the morning of the race starting at 9:00 am. 

No packet pick-up is needed for the Doggie Dash

Run for FREE!

Help support our wonderful cause and we'll give you a FREE entryWhen you donate $50 your entry fee will be free.  When you donate $25 you'll receive $5 off your entry fee. Register and follow the steps on the donation screen and choose either the $50 donation level or $25 donation level. The discount will be automatically applied during checkout. Discounts are valid for the 5k in-person and 1 mile walk in-person events only.

Cascades Humane Society is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt public charity. We rely primarily on the generosity of individuals, foundations, corporations, and special events to support our services, programs, and mission . . . connecting animals in need with people who care. CHS receives no funding from federal, state, or county government, or other national or state humane organizations.

Our Mission: Connecting animals in need with people who care. Our Vision: A community in which all pets have loving homes and are treated with compassion and respect.

Thank you for your support!

Come For The Run, Stay For The Fun!

Paws in the Park is a family-friendly event! This year we are welcoming Ultimate Air Dogs and will have games, a dunk tank, music, vendors, and more! This event is truly fun for the family! We will have fun activities for the kids to participate in! We will also have a variety of vendors – both for the humans and the pets!

Activities to expect:
  • 5k run/walk and 1-mile Woof Walk
  • Doggie Dash (A “race” just for the kids!)
  • Games
  • Face Painting
  • Dunk Tank
  • Pony Rides
  • Petting Zoo
  • Lure Chasing (Dog-centered activity)
  • Agility Equipment (Dog-centered activity)
  • Ultimate Air Dogs (Sign your dog up to dock dive or watch others!)
  • And MORE!
Ultimate Air Dogs!

Joining us again this year is Ultimate Air Dogs! Enjoy watching dogs practice their dock diving skills. Prepare for a ton of fun and a lot of competition! Get your pooch involved...from the smallest jumper to the biggest Ultimate high flyer, all breeds (mix or purebred) any size (Yorkies to Great Danes) are encouraged... as long as they can swim!


The top 3 places in each age group receive a medal.  We will also be celebrating our canine participants, top dog awards will be given to the first 3 dogs to cross the finish line!  We will not have an award ceremony. Awards can be picked up at the registration tent or later at CHS.

Age Groups: 15 and under, 16 to 19, 20 to 24, 25 to 29, 30 to 34, 35 to 39, 40 to 44, 45 to 49, 50 to 54, 55 to 59, 60 to 64, 65 to 69, 70 +

Race SWAG!





Fundraising Rewards

What do you get for fundraising?

As a nonprofit shelter that receives no outside funding, CHS appreciates fundraisers very much! To thank you for your hard work, we have come up with some fundraising rewards. The more you fundraise for CHS, the more prizes you get!
1. Goodie Bag 
1. Goodie Bag 
2. Personalized Wood Leash Holder (Dog Breed) 
1. Goodie Bag 
2. Personalized Wood Leash Holder (Dog Breed) 
3. Personalized 20 oz Yeti Tumbler 
1. Goodie Bag 
2. Personalized Leash Holder (Dog Breed Butt Shape with Hooks) 
3. Personalized 20 oz Yeti Tumbler 
4. Personalized T-Shirt 
TOP Individual Fundraiser
1. Social Media Recognition 
2. Feature in CHS E-Newsletter 
3. Feature in CHS print newsletter
4. Naming of a CHS pet
5. Recognition the day of the event 
TOP Team Fundraiser
1. Social Media Recognition 
2. Feature in CHS E-Newsletter 
3. Feature in CHS print newsletter 
4. Sponsorship of a kennel at CHS for a year 


Come out and help support the runners and walkers and keep our furry friends safe on the course!

We need volunteers for the following:
  • Course marshals
  • Registration
  • Set up
  • Games
  • Water Stations
  • Raffle/Ticket Sales

Email Volunteer Coordinator, Becca Norton, at to sign up!

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