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Our Poplar Spring Run (or Walk) for the Animals will be Sunday, May 15, 2016. You may register starting at 7 a.m. on the day of the race. Online registration is closed.

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

Lace up your sneakers and start hitting the trails because the 5K Poplar Spring Run for the Animals is coming up!

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 15, 2016 at 8:30 a.m.
Where: Wheaton Regional Park, Wheaton, Maryland
2000 Shorefield Road
Wheaton, MD US 20902

Brookside Gardens is back! View our 2016 race course map.

Now that construction within Brookside Gardens has been completed, we have once again incorporated it into the race course, making it a much flatter and even more beautiful course. We can’t wait!

Already registered? Please help us spread the word! Here are 3 ways you can do that.


You may register starting at 7 a.m. on the day of the race. Online registration is closed.

If you have any questions or find yourself confused by the new system for signing up, please don’t hesitate to email

Confused? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions where we are trying to address any concerns about the new registration system.



Chips will be distributed to all runners.

Registration Fee for both the Run and Walk
Prior to April 18, 2016: $28.00
April 18 – May 14, 2016: $30.00
Race Day: $35


Monetary prizes will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers. Awards will 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’re also giving out prizes to our top two fundraisers!

Team Scoring 

The winning animal and general teams will be based on the top two finishing male and 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 will be a pre-race warm-up by the Boot Camp Girl for all the runner’s and walkers! Get there early to warm up and get pumped for the 5k or 1 mile walk.

Packet Pick-up 

Packet Pick-up will be held on Saturday, May 14 from 10:30 – 3:00 at RnJ Sports, 11910 Parklawn Drive Rockville, MD 20854. We will have some great goodie bag items, where you can choose the items you would like for your goodie bag.

Packet Pick-up will also be held on race day, Sunday, May 15, at Wheaton Regional Park from 7:00 a.m. until the start of the race at 8:30 a.m.

Got more questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page!


Race participants may go the extra mile by raising additional funds online for Poplar Spring. 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 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.
  • Rather than waste paper on flyers, we have online virtual goodie bags offering discounts to animal-friendly businesses and information on non-profit organizations. These bags give exclusive offers, coupons, giveaways, and messages from our sponsors.
  • 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 recycled by Nike and donated to Africa for distribution.

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


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