The Early Bird Gets the Bib Number for the Rescue Run 5K

60 Spots remain for the Rescue Run 5K’s Super Early Bird Prices

Philadelphia’s first race to benefit and promote rescue and adoption, The Rescue Run 5K, is back in September and bigger than ever.


On Sunday, September 28 at 10 a.m., over 1,000 runners are expected to run through the beautiful Navy Yard to benefit Monster Milers. The Monster Milers is a non-profit comprised of over 350 Philadelphia volunteer runners who come together for a simple mission: give the shelter dogs at three Philadelphia animal rescue centers something to look forward to each day – a run.  Proceeds go toward Milers’ newly launched foster program, insurance, and program costs for the volunteer-run organization.

Throughout the day, spectators and runners can meet adoptable dogs from Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), Street Tails Animal Rescue (STAR), Blind Dog Rescue Alliance, Red Paw Emergency Relief Team, Morris Animal Refuge, Citizens for a No-Kill Philadelphia, and area rescue groups, learn about volunteer opportunities at local shelters and sample fare from Philly’s favorite food trucks.


“Last year was our inaugural event, so we capped the numbers at a manageable number [at 500]. We sold out a few weeks before race day and raised over $20,000,” said Monster Milers Founder, Carrie Maria.  “This year we hope to double in size, which will mean even more exposure for the homeless pets and local animal shelters.”

Dogs become anxious, bored, depressed, and stressed when they spend all day in a small, confined space, which often gives the wrong impression to potential adopters.  To take the edge off, “Milers” take dogs on daily runs, anywhere from a half mile to eight miles depending on the dog.

These runs give the dogs exercise, as well as basic training, social skills, and exposure to thousands of potential adopters during runs and adopt-a-running-buddy events at area races. Calmer shelter dogs result in quicker adoptions and more room for the 30,000 animals that flood Philadelphia’s shelters each year.


For super early birds, registration is $25 until April 15 or until the race hits 200 people. Then, early bird registration is $30 until June 30 and regular registration is $35 until the race sells out. Race perks include chip timing, tech t-shirts for all pre-registered runners, personalized fundraising pages, beautiful awards for age group winners, and of course, kisses from adoptable dogs at the finish line.   Newly added this year, runners can build teams and awards will be given to the largest team, highest fundraising team and most spirited team.

To learn more about The Rescue Run 5K, visit or

Photos by Hannah Close & Peggy Jackson.