WE DID IT TOGETHER!

We just want to say another huge thank you to everyone who participated in WRW2016. Whether you were a hard-working volunteer, a walker, a runner, a sponsor, a vendor or just someone who heard the great music, saw all the happy dogs and people and decided to check things out, YOU made a difference. This year was our best-attended and most successful event yet. You helped us raise more than $42,000 to benefit animals in the greatest need throughout the Milwaukee area.

It was wonderful to see so many of our neighbors and their dogs enjoying a perfect Wisconsin summer day, both during the race and walk and afterward at the post-race activities.

A couple reminders for runners:

Official, searchable race results are available here.

If you were one of our top finishers, congratulations…if you didn’t pick up your medal yet, please do so by visiting MADACC, 3839 W. Burnham St., after July 18th.

We hope you will join us at Walk Run Wag 2017 to continue this positive work in our community. Also invited back: the weather! Stay tuned for details in the coming months about WRW2017.

Results are in!

Runners! Looking for your time from the Walk Run Wag 2016 5k yesterday? Go here for searchable results. And whether you ran or walked or just wagged, thank you again to everyone who joined us for a perfect day at Hart Park. You made a difference in the lives of thousands of animals in our community. We hope you had as much fun as we did!

See you next year!

A Paws To Give Thanks…To You!

Walk Run Wag 2016 is in the books, but it would never have happened without your support. Thanks to everyone who showed up on a Saturday morning to participate, to our tireless volunteers, to our dedicated sponsors, to members of our first responder community who assisted and to everyone who contributed to the event. You have helped Milwaukee’s animals in greatest need and we appreciate you.

We will be posting final race results and other event updates as soon as they are available. Thank you!

Today Is The Day! See You At Hart Park!

Well, folks, it’s here! Welcome to Walk Run Wag 2016!

Day-of registration and packet pickup opens at 7:30 a.m. Come to the registration tent in Hart Park to register or, for those who have already registered, to pick up your race packet. The tent is located near the band shell, on the end of the park nearest 68th St.

5k race for runners without dogs starts at 9 a.m.; runners with dogs start soon after. Based on feedback from previous years as well as discussions with the race director and chip timing company, to ensure accurate start times we will have the runners with dogs start their race as soon as the race director feels it is appropriate, so please be prepared.

Walkers, with or without dogs, will start at approximately 9:30 a.m. The safety of our two- and four-legged participants is our top priority. For that reason, the race director will determine when it is appropriate for all walkers, with or without dogs, to start. Our goal is to avoid congestion at all points of the course, particularly the start/finish area. We anticipate walkers will start around 9:30 a.m. but exact start time will be the race director’s call. Walkers will be starting on 70th St. between the entrances to the park’s main and playground parking lots. Walkers, please stay in this area and away from the runners’ start line, which will be marked with a sign, as well as the rest of the course until your start time. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Parking options. Construction along State St. has limited street parking as well as reduced access to Hart Park parking lots. We encourage you to park on Honey Creek Parkway east of 70th St. Honey Creek east of 68th St. in particular has plenty of parking.

Route map. Download it here.

Post-race fun. Don’t forget: from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. we will have plenty of activities including lure coursing, agility, vendors, live music, local rescues, adoptables and special surprise guest appearances. Food and beverages will also be for sale, so make a day of it!

Results. We will post a link to the race results here as soon as they are available; please note final results may take 24 hours or more.

Rain or shine, today we walk, we run, we wag. Thank you for joining us and for supporting animals in need!

Packet Pickup Today 3-7 p.m. at MADACC

If you have already registered online or by mail and received your confirmation email, you can pick up your race materials 3-7 p.m. TODAY, Friday July 8, at MADACC, 3839 W. Burnham St.

We recommend you bring a printout of your confirmation (or are able to display it on your phone); very occasionally, especially when one person registers several individuals as part of a team or family, our records do not match your name. Having the confirmation in hand allows us to look up your registration quickly. Please note, timing chips are attached to the race bibs, and only people participating in the 5k race receive bibs. Walkers are not timed and do not receive a bib.

Remember you can still register on site tomorrow before the event, beginning at 7:30 a.m., but you are not guaranteed your preferred shirt.

A few other helpful reminders about tomorrow:

5k race for runners without dogs starts at 9 a.m.; runners with dogs start soon after. Based on feedback from previous years as well as discussions with the race director and chip timing company, to ensure accurate start times we will have the runners with dogs start their race as soon as the race director feels it is appropriate, so please be prepared.

Walkers, with or without dogs, will start at approximately 9:30 a.m. The safety of our two- and four-legged participants is our top priority. For that reason, the race director will determine when it is appropriate for all walkers, with or without dogs, to start. Our goal is to avoid congestion at all points of the course, particularly the start/finish area. We anticipate walkers will start around 9:30 a.m. but exact start time will be the race director’s call. Walkers will be starting on 70th St. between the entrances to the park’s main and playground parking lots. Walkers, please stay in this area and away from the runners’ start line, which will be marked with a sign, as well as the rest of the course until your start time. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Parking options. Construction along State St. has limited street parking as well as reduced access to Hart Park parking lots. We encourage you to park on Honey Creek Parkway east of 70th St. Honey Creek east of 68th St. in particular has plenty of parking.

Route map. Download it here.

Post-race fun. Don’t forget: from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. we will have plenty of activities including lure coursing, agility, vendors, live music, local rescues, adoptables and special surprise guest appearances. Food and beverages will also be on sale, so make a day of it!

Results. We will post a link to the race results here as soon as they are available; please note final results may not be available for 24 hours or more after the event.

How Do I Register? When Do I Get My Shirt/Bib? Where Do I Park?!

You’ve got questions and we’ve got answers!

How do I register? While our online and mail-in registration options for WRW 2016 have closed, you can still register in person at Hart Park on Saturday morning, the day of the event, from 7:30-9 a.m. Please note we anticipate long lines and your preferred shirt is not guaranteed.

When do I get my shirt/bib/packet? If you have already registered online or by mail and received your confirmation email, you can pick up your race materials the day before the event, 3-7 p.m. Friday July 8, at MADACC, 3839 W. Burnham St. We recommend you bring a printout of your confirmation (or are able to display it on your phone); very occasionally, especially when one person registers several individuals as part of a team or family, our records do not match your name. Having the confirmation in hand allows us to look up your registration quickly. Please note, timing chips are attached to the race bibs, and only people participating in the 5k race receive bibs. Walkers are not timed and do not receive a bib.

Where do I park? Yes, it’s orange barrel season so parking is a little limited to the west of Hart Park, towards Tosa Village. However, there is still ample street parking along Honey Creek Parkway to the east of 70th St., especially from 68th St. east, toward Jacobus Park picnic areas. Due to the event course, you will not be able to park on Honey Creek to the west of 70th St. Access to Hart Park parking lots will also be restricted due to the event setup.

Remember, we’ll have tons of post-race events running until 2 p.m., so plan to make a day of it with your family and friends! Got a question not answered above? Check out our FAQ for additional information, and thanks for your support!

Will We See You on July 9?

A huge thank you to everyone who has registered already for Walk Run Wag 2016. Options for advance registration have now closed, but you can still be a part of this year’s event.

Everyone who has already registered: You will be able to pick up your race packet on Friday, July 8, from 3-7 p.m. at MADACC, 3839 W. Burnham St., Milwaukee. Packet pick-up is also available at the event site on race day, beginning at 7:30 a.m., but we urge you to pick up your material the day before to avoid long lines.

Raceday registration is available 7:30-9 a.m. on-site at Hart Park on Saturday, but please note that your preferred shirt size is not guaranteed. There are typically long lines for registration on the morning of the event, so please plan accordingly.

Tick Tock…Last Hours To Register Online!

We’re getting close to the big day! Still haven’t registered? Act fast! Online registration closes at midnight, Saturday July 2! Register today!

Is race time too early for you? We understand! Select the “sleep-in” option when registering online. You’ll support the event and get a t-shirt mailed to you after July 9.

Everyone pre-registered: You will be able to pick up your race packet on Friday, July 8, from 3-7 p.m. at MADACC, 3839 W. Burnham St., Milwaukee. Packet pick-up is also available at the event site on race day, beginning at 7:30 a.m., but we urge you to pick up your material the day before to avoid long lines.

Day-of registration will be available at Hart Park 7:30-9 a.m. but we anticipate long lines and your preferred shirt size is not guaranteed.

Our mail-in registration option has now closed. Mail-in forms with signed waiver and payment needed to be postmarked by June 30.

If you have registered already, thanks! Don’t forget to pick up your race packet 3-7 p.m. Friday July 8 at MADACC, 3839 W. Burnham St. Can’t make it to early packet pickup? No problem. You can also pick up your packet 7:30-9 a.m. on race day at Hart Park, but be prepared for long lines.

Less Than a Month Till We Walk, Run and Wag…Especially Wag!

Yes, folks, we are less than a month away from the big day, Walk Run Wag 2016. And wow, we’ve got so much to share as the event nears. Remember, while you can register beginning at 7:30 a.m. on the day of the event, we anticipate long lines and we can’t guarantee your preferred shirt size. Register today to avoid disappointment (and to catch some extra sleep the morning of the race!). Online registration closes at midnight on Saturday, July 2.

You can register as a team or as an individual, but either way you can also set up a free fundraising page that makes it easy for friends, family members, co-workers and other animal lovers to support your participation (just follow the prompts when registering). Get more info about forming or joining a team here: WRW2016 TEAM flyer

Everyone pre-registered: You will be able to pick up your race packet on Friday, July 8, from 3-7 p.m. at MADACC, 3839 W. Burnham St., Milwaukee. Packet pick-up is also available at the event site on race day, beginning at 7:30 a.m., but we urge you to pick up your material the day before to avoid long lines.

Why should you join us for Walk Run Wag 2016 at Wauwatosa’s Hart Park on Saturday, July 9? Let’s count the reasons!

  1. FUNdraising! Walk Run Wag is a major fundraiser each year to benefit the Milwaukee area’s neediest animals. While we get tremendous support from our sponsors, the event’s success really depends on you and other people in our community who join us on our biggest day of the year. Thank you for being part of the event!
  2. Pick Your Pace and Number of Paws! Love to run? Great. Do the 5k. Love to run with your dog? Even better! Do the 5k with your pooch. More of a walker? No problem! You can choose a one- or two-mile walk, with or without your dog — and you can even change your mind mid-course! Not a morning person? Believe us, we understand. Pick our sleep-in option when you register and we’ll mail you your shirt after the event, no need to wake up early to join us in person — we know you’ll be there in spirit.
  3. Prizes! Prizes! The top runners in each category will receive a medal and some sweet prizes donated by a few of our sponsors (trust us, you’re going to want to run fast for these!). And whether you’re a runner or more of an ambler, we’ve got additional prizes for our top fundraisers. Individuals who raise $250 or more get an exclusive, limited edition WRW2016 swag bag that includes a hat, water bottle and other goodies. Top fundraising teams receive generous gift certificates to local eateries — stay tuned for more details.
  4. Post-race activity AWESOMENESS! From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., we’ve got lure coursing, agility, a photo booth and more, plus appearances by some of Milwaukee’s finest firefighters (we hear they’ll be handing out some kid-friendly goodies and also that, if you ask nicely, they might let you climb on their rig). We’ve got live music from the very fun band Past Midnight and also a DJ spinning tunes — they’ll both keep you moving long after you cross the finish line. We’ve heard rumors that some special guests will be showing up, too!
  5. You won’t go hungry (or thirsty)! Some of Milwaukee’s yummiest food trucks, including Truckmeister and The Falafel Guys, will be on hand selling scrumptious fare (including vegan options!). Leff’s Lucky Town will be there as well with a beer tent, because Wisconsin. Race participants can also cruise by a finish line snack shack for post-race nibbles.
  6. Neat-o vendors! We have plenty of local businesses not only supporting us on paper, but showing up to cheer us on! Stop by our vendor alley to check out their range of goods and services. Visit our Sponsor page now to learn more about the businesses and organizations planning to attend. Are you interested in being a raceday vendor? Act fast! The cut-off date to register as a vendor is Wednesday, June 22. Download our WalkRunWagSponsorPacket2016 for more information on how to participate.
  7. Heroic Rescues (and Adorable Adoptables)! Be sure to stop by and meet representatives (both two- and four-legged varieties!) of several of the Milwaukee area’s most dedicated animal rescue organizations. Learn more about their missions as well as foster opportunities and, of course, animals available for adoption.
  8. You’ll love the shirt! Have you noticed our new logo for this year? We think it’s a winner — and that it will look great on you when you wear your WRW2016 shirt, included in your registration fee (participants registering the day of the event are not guaranteed their preferred size).
  9. Family and wallet friendly! WRW2016 is a great event for families. Children can register for free for either the 5k run or the walk, and all of our post-race activities are kid-approved.
  10. Your body and spirit will thank you! Look, getting up early on a Saturday isn’t everyone’s idea of fun, but when you cross that finish line you’re going to feel great. You’re being active, you’re making a positive contribution to your community, and  you’re setting a great example for your family and friends. So well done, you!

Oh, and by the way, don’t be afraid of State Street construction! Yes, there a lot of orange barrels and detour signs in the neighborhood but that’s not going to stop us, so don’t let it stop you from joining in the fun! We’ll be posting additional information about the best places to park as raceday nears.

So, what are you waiting for? Register today and join us at Wauwatosa’s Hart Park on July 9 to walk, to run and definitely to wag!

June Resolution: Register for WRW2016 Today!

The Early Bird discount for Walk Run Wag 2016 has expired, but there is still plenty of time to join us and support Milwaukee’s neediest animals. Our entry fees are still affordable and include a terrific t-shirt to show your support — and don’t forget, children register for free!

Registration options:

  • 5k timed race, with or without dog, $30
  • 1- or 2-mile walk, not timed, with or without dog, $25
  • Sleep-in option (No need to wake up early on a Saturday…sign up and we’ll mail your shirt to you!), $30

Register today online, create a fundraising page and even form or join a team (check out our WRW2016 TEAM flyer for a quick how-to).

Prefer to snail-mail your registration and signed waiver? Okay, we respect old school style. Get your mail-in form here: WRW Registration 2016. Just remember it must be postmarked by June 30.

Online registration closes at midnight Saturday, July 2.

WRW2016 is just a few weeks away on July 9. You can register the day of the event starting at 7:30 a.m. but lines will be long and your preferred shirt size is not guaranteed. Register today to avoid the hassle!

Registering now also means you can pick up your race packet the day before: early packet pick-up will be Friday, July 8, 3-7 p.m. at MADACC, 3839 W. Burnham St., Milwaukee. You can also pick up the packet on raceday beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Walk Run Wag 2016 raceday times you need to know:

  • 7:30 a.m. Day-of registration and packet pick-up opens
  • 9:00 a.m.: 5k start time for runners without dogs
  • 9:05 a.m.: 5k start time for runners with dogs
  • 9:30 a.m.: Start time for all walkers, with or without dogs
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: post-race activities including agility, lure coursing, food trucks and beverage tent, vendors, rescues, adoptables, photo booth, music and more!
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