4 Paws 5K and Path the Placement Walk

Xenia, OH

Leash up your dog and lace up your running shoes! 

4 Paws for Ability trains and places service dogs with children and veterans with disabilities. Fundraisers such as the 4 Paws 5K help us raise money to change lives! Thank you for your support!

Race Info
The 4 Paws 5K and *NEW* Path to Placement Walk will be held at the Fairgrounds Recreation Center in Xenia, Ohio on Saturday, July 20, 2024. After the race, come tour the 4 Paws campus; just a five-minute drive away! 

This is a dog-friendly event; dogs must be fully vaccinated, on a leash, and be able to behave well around other dogs. 

This year's 5K course will start outside the fairgrounds and use the paved, shaded, Creekside Trail across the road. The course is an out-and-back route and participants may run or walk during the event. 

*NEW THIS YEAR* Path to Placement Walk

Enjoy a looping walk while learning about what it takes 4 Paws to breed, raise, train, and place a service dog. Also, enjoy dog-related activities along the loop! The Path to Placement Walk is flat, half gravel, half paved, and almost a mile long. The loop is children, dog, wheelchair, and stroller-friendly. 5K participants may enjoy the Path the Placement Walk included in their registration.  

Schedule of Events 
Pre-race, Friday, July 19 (4 Paws for Ability)
8am to 5pm - packet pick up

Race day, Saturday, July 20 (Fairgrounds Recreation Center)
7am - Registration and packet pick-up opens
8am - 5K start
9am - Path to Placement Walk begins
9:30am- 5K Awards
10am - Tours at 4 Paws (*Sign up required)

Registration Fees 5K
$30 - Early Bird Now through June 16 (race shirt, finisher medal, custom race bib guaranteed)
$35 - June 17 through July 1 (race shirt and finisher medal guaranteed)
$40 - July 2 to race day (standard race bib only)

*Race day registration is online only.*

Registration Fees Path to Placement Walk
$15 - Early Bird Now through June 16 (race shirt guaranteed)
$20 - June 17 through July 1 (race shirt guaranteed)
$25 - July 2 to race day (no shirt)

*Race day registration is online only.*

Virtual option

Want to support the race but are not able to attend in person? Register for the virtual option by July 1 and pick up your race items at 4 Paws on July 19 or choose to have them mailed to you. Cost for shipping and handling will be $5. Items will be mailed out by July 15 but not guaranteed to arrive by July 20 

Packet pickup
Packet pickup for the 4 Paws 5K and Path to Placement Walk has been scheduled for Friday, July 19 from 8am-5pm at 4 Paws for Ability. You can also pick up your packet on race morning beginning at 7am at the Fairgrounds Recreation Center.


Are you part of a group? Create a team! Prizes for the largest team and team with the most funds raised. 

Name a Puppy!
Here's how:

1. Register for the event here: https://4Paws5K.itsyourrace.com/

2. Between now and race day, share your 5K fundraising page on social media, or go to the "Fundraising" tab on the race website above and ask your friends and family to select your name to make a donation to 4 Paws.

3. This fall, a litter of pups will be born and named the "5K Litter." Each pup will get its name from the top individual fundraisers. Depending on the number of puppies born in the litter will depend on how many fundraisers will have a chance to name one! For example, eight puppies in the litter? The top eight fundraisers will each get to name a pup!

The more you raise, the better your chances are to name a puppy.

Those registered for the 5K before July 2 will receive a 4 Paws 5K 2024 finisher medal. Winners' plaques will be awarded for the fastest male and female in age divisions 11 and under, 12-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+. 

No refunds! Shirts and medals will not be mailed (unless paid for during registration) or available for pick up beyond the date of the race. 

**Sign up to tour the newest addition of the 4 Paws campus here!**

Interested in Sponsorship Opportunities? 
Interested in sponsoring the 4 Paws 5K? https://4pawsforabilitystore.org/products/4-paws-5k-2024-sponsorship

When & Where

Jul 20, 2024


8:00 AM

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