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Race Date & Time:

September 30, 2017

8:30 AM:  Race Day Registration opens

10:00 AM:  Race Starts


McCollum Park, 6801 Main St, Downers Grove 60516.


Early Bird Registration: $25 – TBD
Regular Registration: $30 – TBD
Final Registration: $35 – TBD
Race Day Registration: $35
2K Walk: $25 ($35 on race day)
Virtual Runner: $25.00 (Unable to attend but still want to support Magnificent Mutts Rescue? Become a virtual runner, and we will mail you a shirt.)
**Race Tech Tees are Guarenteed if Registered by Sept 12th!**

All race proceeds support our lifesaving efforts and will fund veterinary costs for the animals we rescue.


Pre-Race Packet Pickup:

Thursday, Sept 28

  • Petco Downers Grove, 1400 75th St, Downers Grove
  • Time 5pm-7pm

Friday, Sept 29

  • Elmhurst Animal Care Center, 850 S Riverside Dr, Elmhurst
  • Time 5pm-7pm

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What is the course?

See course map

Race Perks:

  • Chip Timing (Yes, we have chip timing this year!!)

  • Tech T-Shirts for all pre-registered runners (Men’s, Women’s & Youth sizes available)

  • Awards for Top Finishers and Age Group Winners

  • There will be free massages for race finishers

  • And, most importantly, you’re helping to save lives!

Can I recruit my Friends?

Please do!!!  Invite your friends to join you via your Facebook wall, email messages or tweets to the world!

What does the race support?

The Run4Paws 5k is a fundraiser that benefits Magnificent Mutts Rescue.  Magnificent Mutts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit all-breed dog and cat rescue.  We save dogs and cats who are rescued from high kill animal shelters, are surrendered by their owners, or are found roaming the streets.  Once we rescue dogs, they are vet-checked, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, heart-worm tested (and treated), and microchipped before we find loving fur-ever homes for them.   But we can’t do it without the support of our donors and this race!

What is Mag Mutts?

Magnificent Mutts Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit all-breed rescue for dogs and cats comprised of a group of dedicated volunteers who provide love, hope, and a safe sanctuary to animals in need. All of our animals are kept in foster homes.  Some of our volunteers transport, foster, feed, and train our rescued animals. Other volunteers help with organizing adoption events, paperwork, fundraising, creating flyers and various other marketing media to promote our organization.

Who are the Mutts?

Our Magnificent Mutts are mainly domestic dogs and cats who come to us from various places. Some of our animals are rescued from high kill animal shelters. Others come from owner surrenders or are found roaming the streets. In short, they are mutts and “they are all magnificent!”

Can you guarantee that I’ll win the race?

Everyone who registers is a winner in our eyes.  So yes, you’re going to win.  The dogs will sure think you’re a winner!

I’ve never run in a 5K before. Can I really do this? How do I train for this kind of thing?

Everyone starts somewhere and we’re pumped we’re going to be your first.  Run4Paws 5K has partnered with Coach Brian Meulen’s TriDogz to get you out and ready for this run and many more.  You can do it!  Check out for more information.  

Can I volunteer at the race?

Absolutely!  To pull this off we’re going to need the help of a few good men and women.  If you’d like more information about volunteering on race day please email and our race committee will be in touch.  And of course, volunteers go home with awesome shirts, too!

Can I get involved in other ways?

Magnificent Mutts is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 non-profit all volunteer organization.  Our fosters, marketing, fundraising, event planning, finance and IT department are all volunteers who have one common goal: to save as many animals as we can.  We are always looking for more volunteers to help with the following areas:

  • Fostering a Cat or Dog
  • Handlers for Adoption Events
  • Transport
  • Providing Donations
  • Fundraising and Special Event planning

If you find one that matches something you would like to contribute to, please send an email to and we will be in touch!  Thank you so much for your compassion and interest in helping our organization.

I have a business and we’d like to partner.  Are there sponsorship opportunities?

Um, Yes!  We’d love to talk to you about partnering with us for the race.  For more information, see our Sponsorship Page or email the race director at

Will there be a bag check?

Unfortunately, there will not be a bag check.  Please plan accordingly!

Is the race chip-timed?

Yep!  Chip timing will be provided for all running the 5K who pre-register online.  If you want a chip & a sweet tech-tee – register online.

Will there be race-day registration?

Yes, unless we sell out before race day!  Race day registration will open at 8:30am.

I registered but now I can’t come to the race.  Can I get a refund or transfer my registration or pick up my shirt after the race?

No.  Unfortunately there are no refunds or registration transfers available.  Shirts are only available on race day (or at packet-pickup) so if you can’t make it – be sure to send someone to pick-up your shirt on your behalf with a copy of your ID.

Can my dog race with me?  Is the race dog-friendly?

Of course he/she can, after all, that’s the whole point of this race!  We wouldn’t be having this race if it weren’t for the animals.  For the safety of runners and dogs, please be aware at all times of where your dogs is and who is around your dog.  All dogs must be kept on-leash and under control at all times.  If your dog is off-leash, you will be kindly asked to put your dog on-leash or leave the event.  (It’s the law in Downers Grove and off-leash dogs will not be tolerated.)  Also, we ask that you leave your retractable leashes at home.  Retractable leashes and large crowds are not a good combination.  If your dog is easily agitated or stressed around other dogs and/or crowds, this might not be the best place for a dog-outing.  (There will be plenty of adoptable dogs to meet and greet during the event.)

Can I run with a stroller?

Yes, but for the safety of all participants, those with jogging strollers are asked to start at the back of the pack at the starting line.

Is there parking available at McCollum Park?

You bet!  Free Parking is available for all participants, vendors and volunteers.  We recommend carpooling with friends/family to cut down on emissions and make parking easier for everyone.

Any race schwag?

All runners who register online by Sept 12 will get a race tech-tee.  Women’s and youth sizes will also be available.  Woot!

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