2020 ASPCA Virtual 5K

The 2020 ASPCA Virtual 5K has ended! Thank you for your continued interest and support. Check us out for our next virtual race in 2021. All race packets and fundraising prizes are being mailed out via USPS. Please allow 20-25 business days for delivery unless you selected priority shipping. 

2019 Virtual 5K medal
Register for the 2020 ASPCA Virtual 5K and receive your exclusive medal along with race bib! This will be our only virtual race in 2020, so don’t miss out.

The 2020 ASPCA Virtual 5K allows you to customize your fundraising experience and race at your own pace, in your own time. There is no set location or specific time/date for the Virtual 5K, which means that team members from all across the country can participate from wherever they're located!

Once you're registered, all that’s left to do is complete your 5K (3.1 miles) before the end of the year. It's that easy! You can walk, run, skate, swim, cycle or use any other method or terrain you prefer—you can even include your four-legged family members! If you choose to include your pet, be sure to add the option to receive a medal and bandana for them as well. The ASPCA Virtual 5K gives you the perfect opportunity to get creative and stay active while making a difference for animals.

Don’t forget to share your accomplishment on social media and use #ASPCAVirtual5K on all your posts. We can’t wait to see you all with your race medals! Submit your photos here and you might see yourself in our emails or on the ASPCA website.

Don’t Forget, Safety is Still Key!

To ensure health and safety, all participants of the ASPCA Virtual 5K should practice social distancing.
Consult the latest news and guidelines from the Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization and your local authorities about how to stay safe outdoors during your 5K activities.
If you are feeling sick, please do not participate.
If you are recovering from COVID-19 or a recent illness, please consult your physician before participating.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I receive my prize items?

2020 ASPCA Virtual 5K prize items are being sent on pre-scheduled Fridays: 10/02, 10/30, 11/13, 11/27, 12/04, 12/11 and 12/18. Shipments will be based on fundraising totals from 5 business days prior to actual shipping date.

When will I receive my race medal and bib?

2020 ASPCA Virtual 5K race packets can be expected within 20-25 business days of registering via First Class Mail (regular mail USPS). Those that select to add on Priority Mail (USPS tracked mail) at an additional fee with their registration can expect their race packet within 5-15 business days.

Where does the ASPCA Virtual 5K take place?

There is no set location or specific time/date for the Virtual 5K, this ensures that team members from all across the country can participate from wherever they're located! You can complete the 5K (3.1 miles) in one day or over multiple days or weeks. We do not require proof of completion in order for you to receive your medal, so it’s totally up to you!

Do I need to fundraise after I pay the registration fee?

Fundraising is not required for the ASPCA Virtual 5K, however, you will receive a fundraising page and we encourage you to raise funds for the animals! We hope you take advantage of this opportunity to make a difference in the lives of homeless, abused and neglected animals nationwide. When you fundraise for the ASPCA not only are you raising crucial funds to support our lifesaving programs and initiatives, but you are also spreading awareness of the ASPCA’s mission to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. There is no fundraising minimum—a gift in any amount is much appreciated and goes a long way in helping our animal friends.

Where do I submit my results? NEW!

New added feature this year! Once you complete your 5K, you can input your completion time and add a finisher’s banner on your fundraising page.

What if I am unable to complete the 5K after I’ve signed up?

That’s okay! We do not require proof of completion in order to receive your medal. We will send your medal, bib and any earned fundraising prizes regardless if you complete the 5K or not.

Where do donations made through my online fundraising page go?

Online donations made through your fundraising page go directly to the ASPCA. The donation amount will be shown on your page, and 100% of the contributions will be attributed towards your fundraising goal.

Still have questions? Please contact a Team ASPCA staff member at (888) 661-2772 or via email at teamaspca@aspca.org.

  Amanda M.  
  2019 Virtual 5K  

"Barrett (3 year old GSD) and I decided to start being more active this summer so we signed up for the ASPCA Virtual Race in August and began training soon after we signed up. Not only has this gotten us outside more, it has also helped the ASPCA through donations and awareness. A win win for everyone :)"

  Jennifer P.  
  2019 Virtual 5K  

"Our family has been a longtime supporter of ASPCA! We live in Utah with two rescue dogs, two rescue cats, two guinea pigs and a bunny! Bailey and our blind/deaf dog, Fritz! Porter and our “best behaved” dog, Waffles!"

  Traci S.  
  2019 Virtual 5K  

"Otis, Hazel and I decided to create a multi-day, multi mode stage race and completed 44K with more to go before this great event to raise money and bring awareness to animals in need is complete on August 23!"

  Ryan B.  
  2019 Virtual 5K  

"Our dog Hammie passed away this past winter due to a blood clot in his aorta. In his memory, I wanted to do a 5k in his honor with our new puppy Oscar; all proceeds and funds going to the ASPCA. The idea snowballed and turned into a massive success. Between runners and donators, the Hammie 5k brought over 25 people together. We turned the 5k into an all-day affair including a brunch, a run, a puppy pool party (other dogs participated in the run), and so much more. We just might have to make the Hammie 5k an annual event!"

  Susie F.  
  2019 Virtual 5K  

"Our fun group along our walk!"

  Michelle Z.  
  2019 Virtual 5K  

"I did this for our puppy dog that passed after 8 years with my fiancee. He was a rescue pup and was a blessing in our lives. I only knew Johnnie for 3 years but he is with us everyday. My sisters pups also passed these last couple years, Nike and Duke. I did this for them too. Every animal deserves a loving home and I am happy knowing that we were able to bring some joy into their lives. "



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Fundraising Level Prizes

(Prizes are cumulative)

Raise $40
2020 ASPCA Virtual 5K T-Shirt
Raise $100
ASPCA Tote Bag
Raise $150
ASPCA Gaiter Scarf
Raise $200
ASPCA Water Bottle
Raise $250+
ASPCA Running Waist Pouch

Fundraising prizes deadline is January 8, 2021.