5K Paw Walk in the Garden

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Registration for 2018 5k Paw Walk


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Until five years ago there had NEVER been a dog allowed in the San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) in Encinitas. Then came the first-ever 5K Paw Walk in the Garden benefiting your Rancho Coastal Humane Society and SDBG. More than 350 people with dogs put their best paws forward to support these two landmark organizations.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. So we crossed our fingers and prepared for the Second Annual 5K Paw Walk in the Garden. Would it work again, or was the first year a fluke?

When 655 people showed up that morning, we knew that it wasn’t a coincidence.

So we are BACK, for the sixth annual 5k Paw Walk in the Garden!

Sam Beukema, Education and Events Manager for the Garden says, “This has quickly become the walk that every dog will beg to go on.”

Walkers have the option of covering the full 5 kilometer / 3.1 mile course, but there are lots of options. It’s not competitive. You don’t even need a dog. You can go for speed and span…or enjoy the scenery and serenity of the gardens.

There will be pet products, food (for people), treats (for dogs), valuable information for dog lovers, a pet first aid station, and (of course) dogs!

Dog Walk from RCHS on Vimeo.

There aren’t a lot of rules, but 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.
*           It’s up to you to clean up after your dog.
*           Limit two dogs per person.
*           Dogs must be up to date on vaccinations.


More information about the 5K Paw Walk in the Garden is available at RCHS at 389 Requeza Street or SDBG at 230 Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas.

Can’t make the walk but still want to help, donate below today!


Any questions please email [email protected]

Thanks to our amazing sponsors for 2018!

The event will be open to the public at 8 AM on Saturday February 17th at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum.

450 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024.
When you turn in, volunteers will assist you on available parking locations.

Remember to get here early as t-shirt size is on a first come first serve basis

Before the first participants begin to walk, please feel free to visit the vendor booths, such as the Jimbo’s Fruit Station, Better Buzz Coffee station, local veterinary centers, clothing booths, agility course, and more!

And back due to popular demand, the Peanut Butter & Cream Cheese Challenges! Please visit the booth, located near the stage, to sign up for these fun and interactive games with your dogs.
There will be several opportunities for chances to win some amazing prizes!

The walk will begin at 9:30 AM with groups going off every few minutes.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you in 2018!