5th Annual 5K Paw Walk in the Garden next Saturday

Get There Early or Your Walk Will Be Even Longer!
The 5th Annual “5K Paw Walk in The Garden” on Saturday, February 18th

Encinitas, CA – Participants in the 5th annual “5K Paw Walk in the Garden” on Saturday, February 18 will need to arrive early for the best parking spots when your Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) and the San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) join paws to raise funds that support people, plants, and pets.

“Saturday is the biggest dog walking day in San Diego County,” according to Nick Winfrey, RCHS Vice President of Planning and Development. “At the 5K Paw Walk in the Garden dog walkers can do something they’re already planning to do, but this is the only day of the year when they can walk their pets in the San Diego Botanic Garden.”

“It started as an inside joke but now it’s true,” says Sam Beukema, Education and Events Manager for the Garden. “The 5K Paw Walk in the Garden is the walk that every dog is begging to go on. Once they’ve been to a Paw Walk dogs get excited just driving by the entrance to the Botanic Garden. They love it here!”

Walkers can go the full 5 kilometers / 3.1 miles, but that’s optional. It’s not competitive. You don’t need a dog or other animal to participate.

New this year, you can see the course from a dog’s eye view. vimeo.com/195553612

In addition to the “Peanut Butter and Cream Cheese Challenges” there will be pet products, food (for people), treats (for dogs), information and displays for animal lovers, a pet first aid station, and (of course) dogs! Registered walkers will have full access to San Diego Botanic Garden until 2:00.

There are only a few rules. Here are the main ones:
*           Dogs must be kept on leash at all times.
*           No leashes longer than 6 feet (including retractable leashes.)
*           No dogs in heat.
*           Owners must clean up after their dog.
*           Limit two dogs per person. Really. We mean it. No more than two per person.
*           Dogs must be up to date on vaccinations.

Register for the Fifth Annual 5K Paw Walk in the Garden online at www.sdpets.org or www.sdbgarden.org. Day of event registration starts at 7:30 AM and the first paw crosses the starting line at 9:00.