People & Paws for a Worthy Cause: 5k Race and 2 Mile Walk

On June 24th, join Newtown Vet Hospital for a fun, active morning event. People & Paws is a dog-friendly 5k race and 2 mile walk to benefit an underserved cause: people suffering from RSD/CRPS.

Event Details 

The race and walk will take place at Tyler State Park, Center for the Arts, on Saturday, June 24th, 2017. Registration and race packet pick-up will begin at 7:00am, and the 5k will begin at 8:00am. The walk will also begin at 8:00am sharp!

Prizes will be provided for overall male and female winners, as well as male/female winners for the following age groups: 13 & under, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60+.

More Than Just Running/Walking!

In addition to our beautiful courses for both the 5k and 2 mile walk, there will be raffles, a photo booth, a meet and greet with the Trenton Thunder Bat Dogs, Rookie and Derby, and a doggie massage booth staffed by Dr. Collazo, our certified rehabilitation veterinarian.

All participants will receive one raffle ticket with their registration. Additional tickets can be purchased for a $1 each, 6 tickets for $5, or 15 tickets for $10. Prizes include a NAC 3-month membership, a local dining gift-card basket, a Day With A Vet basket, and cat and dog baskets complete with a year’s worth of preventative the flea/tick/heartworm medication of your choice.

Refreshments will be provided by Corner Bakery, and Action Karate Newtown will be doing a demonstration while we wait for the winners to be announced!


To register online, please click here! To register via snail mail, you can find our race registration form here, complete with instructions about payment and mailing. Registration is $25 before June 16th, and $35 after including day-of race/walk. Race fee includes t-shirt and goodie bag – after June 16th, t-shirts are only guaranteed for the next 50 participants!

Dogs are welcome to participate with their owners in both the race and the walk, but all pets must be leashed and under control at all times!

The Cause

CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) or RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) are complicated terms for a complicated illness that affects the nervous system, causing severe pain without reason. There is no definite cause of RSD, although in some cases it’s believed to have been triggered by an injury or surgery. It affects people of all ages, both male and female. There is no single, defined cure for RSD and many are not covered by medical insurance – instead, patients are offered a variety of therapies with varying degrees of success, most of which are extremely costly. RSD is a physical illness that causes physical damage, but understandably it also affects patients on a psychological and social level, often including reduced quality of life, depression, anxiety, and inability to maintain a social or work life.

This cause is particularly close to the heart for the Newtown Vet family. Both Dr. Ireland’s wife and son suffer from RSD and have spent years living with intense pain, all day every day. Their first hand experience has made it extremely evident how little recognition, support, and options there are for CRPS patients and their families.

Our fundraising efforts will benefit the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association (RSDSA) and consequently, RSD patients and their families who are struggling not only with pain, but the debilitating effects it can have on every aspect of life. Our goal is to offer hope and comfort in some way to those experiencing the endless pain of RSD.

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Sponsorship opportunities are available! To learn more about how to get involved, email Stephanie at


Big thanks to the generous support of our sponsors. With their help, we are able to make a difference.

Also with support from:

McCaffrey’s Food Markets
Optimal Sports
Meglio Pizzeria
Action Karate Newtown
The Trenton Thunder
Dogs and Cats Rule!