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The Poplar Spring Run (or Walk) for the Animals is on Sunday, May 20, 2018

The 5K run and 1 mile fun walk is a fundraiser dedicated to supporting the life-saving work Poplar Spring does everyday.

The annual Poplar Spring Run for the Animals (or walk) is held at beautiful Wheaton Regional Park. The run raises vital funds needed to feed and care for the 200+ rescued animals at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary.

Here are the details:

When: Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.
Where: Wheaton Regional Park, Wheaton, Maryland
2000 Shorefield Road
Wheaton, MD US 20902

Online registration will close at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 17th. You will still be able to register at Packet Pick-up, or on race day starting at 7:00 a.m.

View the race course map, which includes beautiful Brookside Gardens



Chips were distributed to all runners.

Registration Fee for both the Run and Walk
Prior to April 16, 2018: $28.00
April 16 – May 19, 2018: $30.00
Race Day: $35


Monetary prizes are given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers. Awards are also be given to the top team, and top male and female finishers in the following age categories: 13 and under, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39,40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and older.

We also give out prizes to our top two fundraisers!

Team Scoring 

The winning animal and general teams were based on the top two finishing male and top two finishing female runners.

The MC for the race is Lisa Berigan, radio host of BIG 100.3!!! Lisa has over 20 years experience hosting radio shows and is the proud companion to Daisy, a Sheltie mix. Click here to listen to an interview between Lisa and Terry Cummings, Poplar Spring’s director.

Prior to the race there is a pre-race warm-up by the Boot Camp Girl for all the runner’s and walkers!

Packet Pick-up 

Packet Pick-up is held on Saturday, May 19 from 10:30 – 3:00 at RnJ Sports, 11910 Parklawn Drive Rockville, MD 20854.

Packet Pick-up is also held on race day, Sunday, May 20, at Wheaton Regional Park from 7:00 a.m. until the start of the race at 8:30 a.m.
Race participants went the extra mile by raising additional funds online for Poplar Spring.

chickenSponsoring our flagship fundraiser allows you to support our daily efforts to feed, shelter, and care for the residents of Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary. At the same time, you publicly align your business or organization with our mission through web, print, and on-site promotions reaching our over 600 expected attendees this year. Sponsor the Run


Poplar Spring worked hard to make the race as environmentally friendly as possible.

  • All our food is vegan.
  • We use biodegradable utensils, cups, and garbage bags.
  • Each race participant will have a tree planted in his or her honor.
  • We recycle as much as possible from the race.
  • We collect used shoes at the race, which are donated to Interfaith Works, a Montgomery County nonprofit working to help county residents in need.

All inquiries about the race should be made to: or call 301-335-7067.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Race Results!

Race Photos