QUESTION:  What is Race For The Rescues?

ANSWER: Race For The Rescues is a day when animal lovers of all ages run, walk,  or adopt - to help save the lives of homeless dog, cats, horses and farm animals in Southern California. This is a fundraiser where 100% of the net proceeds go to local animal welfare organizations. This race is a timed sporting event and we have a mixture of serious athletes competing for times and people who just want to come out and walk with or without their dog to help support the benefitting organizations. Due COVID-19 Race For The Rescues will be having a strong virtual component so animal lovers who feel safer racing from home can still be a part of this lifesaving day. 

QUESTION:  When and Where is the event?

ANSWER: Race For The Rescues will be Saturday, October 10th, 2020 at the Rose Bowl (AREA H) in Pasadena. Address: 1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena, CA 91103. To find Area H look for the symbol of the rose on the stadium and our start finish line is right outside the entrance. Due to COVID-19 virtual racers can run their own race, from their own place at their own pace and help save animals' lives! If for any reason City Officials cancel large gatherings this race will be virtual only. 

QUESTION:  What time does the event start?


QUESTION:  Where do I park my vehicle?

ANSWER: When you pull in the Rose Bowl you will see green Race For The Rescues signs.  Lots K & F are open to the public. To find the start line look for the symbol of the rose. 

QUESTION:  Is the event open to the public?

ANSWER: You must be a paid registered racer to run the race.

QUESTION:  How long is the race?

ANSWER: The race is a 5K (3.1) miles and 10K (6.2). 

QUESTION:  What is included in my registration fee?

ANSWER: All Pre-registered participants are guaranteed an official Race For The Rescues PPE mask and a finishers' medal, a chance to win prizes and the good feeling that you Raced For The Rescues! 

QUESTION:  Where do I pick up my face mask, bib & timing chip?

ANSWER: We will have pre-race packet pickup TBD.  

QUESTION:  Do I have to raise pledges?

ANSWER: This event is a non-profit fundraiser.  Now more than ever we encourage everyone to raise pledges because this is how we are going to raise the most funds for the animals in need. However, it is not mandatory. 

QUESTION:  Will our time be recorded at the Finish Line and do you have finishers' medals?

ANSWER: Yes, and YES! 

QUESTION:  Will there be awards?

ANSWER: Yes, top overall male and female racers and top three fundraisers will win cool prizes!

QUESTION:  Where does the pledge money go?

ANSWER: All the money raised will go to help the homeless dogs, cats, horses and farm animals of Southern California by supporting the “benefitting” 501(c)3, nonprofit, animal welfare organizations. Organizations form their own teams to raise funds for their groups.

QUESTION:  Where do I turn in my pledge money?

ANSWER: We are so grateful that you have fundraised to help animals! We encourage you to use the website. Offline donations are checks or cash. If you received an offline donation in the form of a check please make sure it is made out to RACE FOR THE RESCUES. Offline donations can be mailed to us prior to race day at Race For The Rescues 13027 Victory Blvd. #522 North Hollywood, CA 91606. Donations are tax deductible and our tax ID # is 46-5194776. Offline donations can also be turned in on race day at the pledge table which is in the registration area next to the prize booth.

QUESTION:  Can I bring children? 

ANSWER: Yes. For safety reasons strollers are not allowed on the 5K & 10K course as we don't want children's faces at dog level. 


QUESTION:  Can I race with my dog?

ANSWER: Yes, you can but it’s not a requirement. When you register you will see the races: 5K with dog, 10K with dog. Those two races allow dogs. Please make sure your dog is social in large groups of people and other animals, spayed/neuteredon a secure leash at all times and you clean up after your petWe DO NOT ALLOW retractable leashes. We have a strict "always on leash" policy due to permits. Kindly make sure your animal is in shape to do a 5K/10K. New environments and crowds can be stressful to some animals so please take that into consideration.

QUESTION:  Why does my dog need to be spayed or neutered to attend Race For The Rescues?

ANSWER: This is a fundraising event for non-profit, no-kill animal welfare organizations. Our biggest goal is to end pet overpopulation. We don't condone owning a pet that is not spayed or neutered. Additionally, we don't want any behavioral issues to arise from a female dog that may be in heat or a male dog that is overly dominant. If you need facts about why you should spay or neuter, please visit The Rescue Train’s "Why Spay/Neuter" page at If you have an unaltered animal and need resources for free or low cost spay/neuter resources feel free to email us at [email protected]

QUESTION:  Is this also a dog and cat adoption day?

ANSWER: Yes, there will be a dog and cat adoption in conjunction with the race. Due to COVID-19 we expect this to be a virtual adoption through livestreaming and social media.