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11th Bark In the Park 5K & 1-Mile Dog Walk- Public Event (no login required)
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 Export to Your Calendar 10/18/2020
When: Sunday, October 18, 2020
9:00 am
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Carousel Pavilion, City Island
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania  17101
United States
Contact: PVMA

Online registration is available until: 10/18/2020
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What is Bark in the Park?

Bark in the Park 5K Run & 1-Mile Dog Walk is held each year in October at City Island in Harrisburg, PA. This is our 11th year doing this event and we're hoping to have another record-breaking year with your help! Participants attending this event get to spend a fun October morning with their pets, dress up in costumes and run and/or walk for a great cause! Proceeds and donations from this event go toward's Animal Care PA's community-based programs that FEED and CARE for animals in need, and EDUCATE pet owners and veterinary students of the Commonwealth. Every dollar makes a difference in the lives of animals and veterinary students.

Schedule of Events

  • 9:00 am: Registration / Raffles Begin
  • 10:00 am: 5K Run
  • 10:30 am: Dog Walk
  • 11:00 am: Costume Parade / Raffles Close
  • 11:30 am: Awards

5K Race

Fetch your sneakers, dog, and dog leash or come alone and run our USATF certified course! If you and your dog are both able to comfortably go the distance, dogs are welcome to join their owners on the 5K run. The course begins and ends on City Island and includes Harrisburg’s, Riverfront Park. Please run with only one dog per person and use a 6-foot or shorter, non-retractable leash. Review all the guidelines and course map here.

Race Prizes

Prizes will be awarded to the top overall fastest male and female runners and the top three male and female runners in the following age groups:

  • 11 and under
  • 12-19
  • 20-29
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50-59
  • 60-69
  • 70+

1-Mile Dog Walk

Registrants may choose to participate in the 1-mile walk and may bring their dog along for the fun. Please only walk or run with only one dog per person. Review all the guidelines here.

Costume Parade & Contest

Have even more fun on race day when you and/or your dog dress up in costume and participate in our costume parade & contest! Prizes in several categories will be awarded to individuals, dogs, individuals with dogs, and groups. Prizes will be provided for all contest winners!

Contest categories:

  • Overall Best in Show
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Best Dressed Individual (human or dog)
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Best Dressed Duo (human/dog)
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Best Dressed Group (humans/dogs)


Proceeds from this event go to finance Animal Care PA’s community-based programs that FEED and CARE for animals in need, and EDUCATE pet owners and veterinary students of the Commonwealth. Check out some of the animals we have helped over the years.


Register by September 28 to be guaranteed a t-shirt and get early-bird pricing!

You can still register after this date, but shirts are not guaranteed.