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The Poplar Spring Run (or Walk) for the Animals is on Sunday, May 17, 2020

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) will be 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.


When: Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.
Where: Wheaton Regional Park, Wheaton, Maryland
2000 Shorefield Road
Wheaton, MD US 20902

Shorefield Road is off Georgia Avenue. It IS NOT the park entrance off Arcola Avenue.

View the race course map, which includes beautiful Brookside Gardens

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 her beautiful dog Riley. 

Prior to the race there is a pre-race warm-up by Courage Karate for all the runner’s and walkers!
Get there early to warm up and get pumped for the 5k or 1 mile walk.


Click Here to Register

Or Click Here if you would prefer to print out, and mail in a registration form.


Chips will be distributed to all runners.

Registration Fee for both the Run and Walk
Prior to April 13, 2020: $28.00
April 13 – May 16, 2020: $30.00
Race Day: $35

Monetary prizes are given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers. Awards are also 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!

Every race participant who preregisters for the race will receive a stylish Poplar Spring race t-shirt!

Team Scoring 

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

Race participants go the extra mile by raising additional funds online for Poplar Spring.

Poplar Spring was given $12,000 in matching donations. DOUBLING your donation! Please share this page with your family and friends. Your involvement is critical to Poplar Spring’s success. Thank you for all your help.

You may even select a picture of a specific Poplar Spring animal to proudly display on your web page, letting your friends and family know about that animal and others at the sanctuary.

If you are interested in raising additional funds you can use the following sample e-mails to send to your friends and family: Sponsorship e-mail / Sponsorship e-mail referencing a specific animal

Prizes will be awarded to the top two fundraisers who raised the most donations for Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary!


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 700 expected attendees this year. Sponsor the Run


Poplar Spring works 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 Africa in his or her honor in order to reduce the carbon footprint and provide nourishment for East and West African families.
  • 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.

Race Registration

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

2019 Race Results!

Race & Poplar Spring Photos