People & Paws for a Worthy Cause 5k Race

On September 21st, join Newtown Vet Hospital for a fun, active morning for a great cause! People & Paws is a dog-friendly 5k to benefit an underserved cause: people suffering from RSD/CRPS.

Not a runner? No problem! Join us for dog-friendly yoga during the race, all experience levels welcome!

Event Details

People & Paws 2019 will take place at Newtown Vet Hospital at 9am, Saturday, September 21st. Registration and race packet pick-up will begin at 8:00am, and the 5k will begin at 9:00am sharp! Don’t be late!

NEW THIS YEAR! After the race, join us for Newtown Vet’s annual Pet Fair!! Running from 10am-2pm, Pet Fair is a fun day for the whole family.

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+.

Not a runner? Join us for FREE dog-friendly yoga during the race!

More Than Just A Race

In addition to the race, runners can enjoy all the fun of Pet Fair! Raffles, activity booths, vendors, and local rescue groups. Join us for games, demonstrations from our participants, and refreshments.

Runners who are 21 years-old and up will receive a free beer, courtesy of Newtown Brewing Company.

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 coming soon!

Refreshments will be provided at no additional cost!


To register, please click here!

Register before September 15th for $25, and after (including race day) for $35. T-shirt and goodie bag only guaranteed for sign-ups before September 15th, then provided as supplies last.


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 Maddy at


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