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Paws for Tales 5K Run/Walk

  • Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve 29W128 83rd Street Naperville, IL, 60564 United States (map)



The Naperville Area Humane Society's first annual 5K Run/Walk directly benefits our Paws for Tales educational program. Paws for Tales is an animal assisted reading program that provides schools with certified volunteer-dog team visits, which help children of all ages to feel more comfortable by reading aloud to a dog in a non-judgmental, supportive environment. Learn more about Paws for Tales on our Education page.


  • UPDATE: Paws for Tales 5K Run/Walk has SOLD OUT. Thank you for everyone who has registered. We will see you there!
  • UPDATE: Event registration packets can be picked up on event day at the registration table. 
  • 5K dog-friendly and kid-friendly run/walk
  • Run/walk begins at 9:30am
  • Race day registration opens at 8am
  • Cost: Adults - $20 with advanced registration ($25 race day), Children ages 7-14 - $10 with advanced registration ($15 race day), Children ages 6 and under - free!
  • VIP registration: $40 – priority packet pickup day of event, complimentary gear check, reserved parking and a NAHS t-shirt. Limited availability. Additional cost goes directly to the Paws for Tales program. (Sold out)
  • This is an untimed event welcoming animal lovers and athletes of all experience levels.
  • All registrants will receive a finisher medal and post race refreshments.
  • Children will also have the opportunity to pick out a book from a variety donated by the Naperville Public Library to take home.
  • An aid station will be placed along the course including water for dogs.
  • Event will take place rain or shine! 
  • All dogs must be leashed (please use a 6' standard leash-no retractable leashes, prong or choke collars)
  • Parking is available on the north side of 83rd St. 0.7 miles east of Route 59 and 0.5 miles west of Book Rd.  

All funds raised by participants go directly towards expanding the Paws for Tales program. Fundraise as an individual or start a team. Top fundraisers receive great prizes!

The Naperville Area Humane Society Paws for Tales program is also in need of childrens books. To donate, please bring the book(s) with you to the event or drop them off at the Naperville Area Humane Society. 

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Thank you to our event sponsors!

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To become a sponsor of the Paws for Tales 5K Run/Walk, please contact Kristen Funk, at 630-420-8989x117 or via email at 

Earlier Event: September 14
Wine, Dine, & Canines
Later Event: September 20
Pup Rally