Wilmington, NC



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Official Food & Water Sponsor


When & Where

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Empie Park
3405 Park Ave
Wilmington, NC 28403



1 Mile Fun Run  –  UNTIMED


Start Times

3:00 PM  –  5K Start

3:05 PM  –  1 Mile Fun Run Start

Please plan to be at the starting line 10 minutes prior to the start of the race wearing your race number on the front of your shirt. You may walk the 5K  if registered, however we ask that athletes walking the 5K line up at the back of the starting area. Walkers and strollers are asked to line up in the back.

About the Race


It’s Wilmington’s OFFICIAL DOG RACE!

paws4people is hosting its 9th Annual 5K and 1 Mile Fun Walk at Empie Park, Sunday, April 23 at 3 p.m. Prizes awarded to top runners in each categories, including dogs. paws4people is a local non-profit that places highly trained Assistance Dogs with children and veteran clients at NO COST! Come out to support a life changing cause!

Friendly leashed dogs are welcome at our race. Runners & walkers are more than welcome to have their 4-legged friend participate with them!



About the Cause


paws4people foundation raises, trains, and places Assistance Dogs with children, veterans, military dependents, and civilians living with disabilities. The organization provides certification, insurance, and support for the client/dog teams for the duration of their career at NO COST!




5K Awards

Overall top 3 Men and Women in the 5K

Overall top 3 Men and Women with dogs in 5K

Top Male, Female, Male w/ dog, & Female w/ dog in age groups: 10& Under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+


Race Swag

Participants who register by Friday, March 24, 2017 will be guaranteed a race shirt. The shirts are made of a cotton/polyester blend and are available in Youth Sizes S-L and Unisex sizes S-XXL.

Every dog participating will receive their own dog giveaway item!

About the Course

The paws4people 5K course is a fast and flat tour of one of the most scenic segments of Wilmington’s Cross City Trail. The course starts in Empie Park and makes its way toward the Burnt Mill Creek Reservoir. There are water stops for both people and pets on course. The finish line is steps away from the off-leash dog park.  Your four-legged friends are going to love this run.



Schedule of Events

Saturday April 22, 2017

2  –  6 PM   –  Packet Pickup & Onsite Registration
Omega Sports
3501 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Empie Park
3405 Park Ave.
Wilmington, NC 28403

2:00 PM  – On-site Registration Opens
2:45 PM  –  On-site Registration Closes
3:00 PM  –  5K Race Start
3:05 PM  –  1 Mile Fun Run Starts
4:00 PM  –  Awards Start (Time Approximate)



Parking is available at Empie Park. Parking is also permitted at Hanover Center near O2 Fitness.


5K Kick Off Party

Friday, March 24 – 5pm to 8pm
Wilmington Brewery Company

Come join us for the paws4people 9th Annual 5K Kick-Off Party at Wilmington Brewing Company! Wilmington Brewery Company will be presenting a new beer and $1 from each of the new beers sold will be donated back to paws4people! Friendly dogs are welcome in the brewery! Stop by to try some beer, register for the 5K and meet some of the Assistance Dogs In-Training!

Post Race Activites


There will be raffle prizes and a social gathering at Empie Dog Park at the conclusion of race.


Online registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on April 19, 2017


Event Pricing

5K with Dog
Through March 24 – $30
March 25 – April 19 – $35
Day of – $40

Through March 24 – $30
March 25 – April 19 – $35
Day of – $40

1 Mile Fun Run
Through March 24 – $20
March 25 – April 19 – $25
Day of – $30


Waiver: The Registration Agreement & Liability Waiver is linked to the Online Registration. This must be selected and approved during registration.

Packet Pick-Up: Family or Friends may pick-up your Race Packet at Packet Pick-Up.

On-Site Registration: Registration is available starting one hour prior to race start. It closes 20 minutes prior to start.

Timing: Jaguar Bib Chip Timing will be used to time this race

Weather: This race is rain or shine. It will be postponed, rescheduled or cancelled if a severe weather warning is in effect.

Refunds requested by participant are as follows (minus credit card processing fee):
More than 60 days from event: Full Refund
Less than 60 days, but more than 30 days from event: 50% Refund
Less than 30 days, but more than two weeks from event: 25% Refund
Less than two weeks from event: No Refund
Entries are not transferable to other races Timed by Go Time as each race is organized by a different group. We must stick to this policy as race items have been purchased based on current registrations and it is not fair to choose who receives a refund and who does not.

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