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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!

LAST CHANCE For Early Bird Discount!

Don’t forget, the Early Bird discount to register for Walk Run Wag 2016 expires this month! Prices go up June 1st! Register today to save $5 (kids register for free! Go to the registration page for details).

And remember, you can also register as a team or join an existing team. Read our WRW2016 TEAM flyer for a step-by-step guide on how to make it happen! You can also create a fundraising page as an individual or a team — follow the prompts when you register today.

We’ll be posting more information about prizes, fundraising incentives, after-race activities and other goodies in the weeks ahead, so stay tuned. Thank you for supporting Milwaukee’s animals in greatest need!

Don’t Forget! Early Bird Registration Closes SOON

Wow! We’re getting a great response to our Early Bird registration discount for WRW2016. If you haven’t registered yet, however, keep in mind that prices go up June 1st. Don’t wait! Register today and get ready for some serious fun on July 9.

While we’re talking fun, don’t forget you can create your own fundraising page when registering online — just follow the prompts, it’s as easy as 1-2-Wheeeeeee! You can also form or join a team when registering online. That’s a super easy process, too, but it’s got a couple more steps so we’ve created a flyer to help you: WRW2016 TEAM flyer.

Have you checked out our 2016 sponsors yet? We’re adding new sponsors almost every day, but we’ve already got a terrific bunch of local businesses, organizations and individuals backing us. Please let them know you appreciate their support!

Stay tuned for more news about great prizes for our top racers and fundraisers, as well as all the activities we’ve got planned after the 5k and walk conclude. You’re going to want to make a day of it!

Go Team!

We’ve been getting the question “What about teams for WRW2016” a lot in the past few weeks, especially from people who participated last year as a team and had tons of fun doing it (yes, even in last year’s unexpected “interesting” weather!). We absolutely welcome teams of all sizes, whether it’s you and your dog, a few family members or your entire company. The more, the merrier! (Though smaller teams also get pretty darn merry!)

Forming a team is fast and easy and there is no additional cost to do so. So check out the new WRW2016 TEAM flyer for more information and a how-to, and start building your team today!

Sponsor and Rescue Booth Packets Now Available! Also new: register by mail!

We’ve been fielding requests from several local businesses and organizations about how they can be a part of WRW2016 — thanks for all the interest! We can’t wait for you to join our team. Our 2016 informational sponsorship packet is now available for download as a pdf: WalkRunWagSponsorPacket2016

Check out all the options. You’ll find something that’s a great fit for you whether your company is big or small. You’ll also find contact information and everything else you’ll need to be a sponsor.

Are you a rescue interested in having a booth at WRW2016! Fan-tailwaggin’-tastic! Please download the application: WRW RescueBoothApplication 2016

We encourage everyone participating in the run or walk to register online, but if you would prefer to mail in your registration, waiver and fee, please download this year’s mail-in form: WRW Registration 2016 (And don’t forget to sign that waiver! We can’t process your registration without it!)

Oh, and one more thing: THANKS! Our sponsors and rescue partners, as well as our participants and other supporters, are the people who make Walk Run Wag possible every year. We couldn’t do it without you!

Ready, Set, GO! Online Registration is now open!

It’s time to register! Do it online now and take advantage of our Early Bird Discount.

Sign Up

The Early Bird registration fee for adults is $25 for the 5k run, with or without a dog, or $20 for the walk, with or without a dog (we’ll have a one-mile and two-mile course option for our walkers!).

Don’t forget: children and dogs register for free!

Not a morning person? No problem! Register for our “sleep in” option (Early Bird Discount Price $25) and you’ll still help the animals and get a race t-shirt.

Stay tuned for more details about how to create a team, fundraise and other fun ways to make WRW2016 an even more positive experience for you and for the animals you’re helping.

Thanks for registering today…see you soon!

Pet Expo, Here We Come…with Flyers!

Stop by the Friends of MADACC booth this Saturday at the Great Lakes Pet Expo to stay hi and pick up some flyers to spread the news about Walk Run Wag 2016. Can’t make it to the event? No problem! Download our new 8.5×11″ color flyer today and share it (with permission!) at your workplace, school, place of worship, local businesses and with friends and family. Registration will be opening very soon, so watch this space!

WRW 2016 is July 9!

We are thrilled to announce that Walk Run Wag 2016 will be returning to Hart Park in Wauwatosa this year on Saturday, July 9.

Online registration for WRW 2016 will begin in a few weeks. Watch this space for details on how to register, form a team and fundraise.

The 5k start time for runners without dogs will be 9 a.m.; runners with dogs will start at 9:15 a.m. Everyone walking, with or without a dog, will start at 9:30 a.m. Post-race activities, including lure coursing, agility, vendors, rescue organizations, live music and more, will run 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Check out our revised FAQ for additional information.