Dog Jog & Kitty Fit Virtual 5K FAQs


What is a virtual 5K and how do I participate?

A virtual 5K, or any other virtual race, is an event that can be run anywhere, anytime, and at any pace. Whether you prefer to hit the treadmill, make up the miles running errands, or join Animal Aid for walks in the park, the choice is all yours.

Animal Aid’s Dog Jog & Kitty Fit Virtual 5K begins Monday, May 1 and runs until Friday, June 2. This is an opportunity for fitness, fun, and fundraising for a good cause. When you register, you will be asked to create a fundraising goal that, like the 5K itself, you’ll have all month to strive to meet.

Join us for a post-workout party, the Finish Line Bash, at Multnomah Village’s Lucky Lab (7675 SW Capitol Hwy), where we’ll have all-you-can-eat pizza and salad, awards and raffles, and fun activities for the whole family. The Finish Line Bash is open to everyone ($10 cover charge for non-participants; 5K participants get in free!).

I’m not really a runner. Can I break up the 3.1 miles into shorter distances? Do I have to submit my time or prove that I completed the run?

For this race, you get to go the distance at your own speed! Complete your run/walk anytime you want and break up your miles in whatever way it works best for you. Animal Aid does not require you to post “proof” of your run.

Don’t forget that you also have the option to join the Animal Aid crew for dog-friendly walks in the park:

How do I register and how much does it cost?

We are using to coordinate this event. Register here, and don’t forget to share your Crowdrise fundraising page on social media to increase your reach and help meet your fundraising goal! Animal Aid’s overarching goal is to raise $10,000 through this campaign.

Registration is $35 for adults and $20 for youth 16 and under. All participants will receive a lapel pin with our virtual 5K logo and a seat at the Finish Line Bash, which includes all-you-can-eat pizza and salad.

Can I participate if I live outside of Portland or the United States?

Yes! We welcome animal lovers from all parts of the world! All we ask is $4 US to help cover the cost of international shipping (for the lapel pins and any shirts, water bottles, or prizes earned). This doesn’t completely cover the cost, but it does help us maximize the amount of funds that go to support the cats and dogs of Animal Aid.

Can I register without using Crowdrise? Why am I getting charged a service fee?

Unfortunately, no. By using Crowdrise, we are able effectively manage all of the registrations and fundraising for this event. The processing fees charged pay for their servers, credit card processing, software, employees, etc. Animal Aid does not have any control over those processing fees.

Am I required to fundraise in order to participate in the 5K? What should I set my fundraising goal at?

While you are not obligated to fundraise, we very much hope you will consider doing so in order to help us raise funds for the animals in our care. Our overarching fundraising goal for this campaign is $10,000. What you set your fundraising goal at is totally up to you: You can pick a goal that you feel very comfortable with or test your fundraising skills by creating a stretch goal for yourself.

For those who like a little extra incentive,  we’ve also built in some prizes to help you get started:

  • Raise $50 and be entered into a raffle for the chance to name an Animal Aid cat or dog.
  • Raise $100 and earn an official Dog Jog & Kitty Fit t-shirt.
  • Raise $200 and receive an Animal Aid-branded water bottle.

We also have a fabulous Grand Prize for the individual or team who raises the most funds by Friday, June 2: a week-long stay at a Cannon Beach House!

What if I don’t make my fundraising goal by the end of the 5K timeline?

That’s okay! Just as with the 5K, the important thing is that you’re trying and having fun doing it. More to the point, every bit raised counts when it comes to helping the animals in our care and our community!

Okay, I’ve got my fundraising goal figured out. How do I go about soliciting donations?

Once you’ve set your goal, it’s time to begin networking. Share your fundraising page on Facebook, Twitter, or anywhere else that allows you to connect with friends, family, and your community.

If this is a virtual 5K, how are the winners determined?

Winners for this 5K are those who can raise the most funds by Friday, June 2. We will be awarding a Grand Prize winner, as well as three runner-ups, at the Finish Line Bash. 

If you are a nonprofit, is my registration fee tax-deductible?

Yes! Our tax ID is 23-7448353. Your email receipt from your registration serves as your tax receipt, so hang on to it.

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