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

On November 11th, 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! Stretch your legs at a more leisurely pace in our 2 mile walk.

Event Details

Both events will take place at Tyler State Park, Center for the Arts, on Saturday, November 11th, 2018. Registration and race packet pick-up will begin at 7:00am, and the 5k will begin at 8:00am sharp! Don’t be late! The walk will begin at 8:05am.

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 a beautiful course, there will be raffles, a photo booth, a meet and greet with Rookie, the Trenton Thunder Bat Dog, 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 coming soon!

Refreshments will be provided at no additional cost!

Registration

To register, please click here!

Register before November 5th for $25, and after (including race day) for $35. T-shirt and goodie bag only guaranteed for sign-ups before November 5th, 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.

To learn more, visit http://www.rsds.org.

Sponsorship opportunities are available! To learn more about how to get involved, email Maddy at maddyh@newtownvet.net.

Sponsors

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

Wawa
The Trenton Thunder
Yogasphere
McCaffrey’s
RSDSA
Newtown Athletic Club (NAC)
Boehringer-Ingleheim (formerly Merial)