Paws for Tales 5K Run/Walk

Join us for the Naperville Area Humane Society’s first Paws for Tales 5K Run/Walk!  Paws for Tales is an animal assisted reading program that provides schools with certified volunteer-dog team visits, which help children of all ages to feel more comfortable by reading aloud to a dog in a non-judgmental, supportive environment.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

8 a.m. – Noon

Event details:

  • 5K dog- and kid-friendly run/walk
  • Run/walk starts at 9:30 a.m.
  • Location: Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve, 83rd Street trailhead, Naperville, IL
  • Cost: Adults  $20 ($25 on race day); ages 7-14  $10 ($15); ages 6 and below  Free!
  • VIP registration: $40 – priority packet pickup, complimentary gear check, reserved parking and a NAHS t-shirt.  Limited availability.  Additional cost goes directly to the Paws for Tales program.
  • This is an untimed event welcoming animal lovers and athletes of all experience levels.
  • All registrants will receive a finisher medal and post race refreshments.
  • Children will also have the opportunity to pick out a book from a variety donated by the Naperville Public Library to take home.
  • An aid station will be placed along the course including water for dogs.
  • Event will take place rain or shine! 
  • Race day registration will be available from 8 a.m.  9 a.m.
  • Event registration packets can be picked up Friday, September 15, between 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. at the Naperville Area Humane Society (1620 W. Diehl Road, Naperville, IL 60563). Packets can also be picked up on event day at the registration table.
  • All dogs must be leashed (please use a 6' standard leash-no retractable leashes, prong or choke collars)
  • Parking is available on the north side of 83rd St. 0.7 miles east of Route 59 and 0.5 miles west of Book Rd.  

Click here to register!

All funds raised by participants in the run/walk go directly towards the Paws for Tales program and expanding the opportunities for additional volunteer-dog teams to visit schools and help children develop their reading skills.

  • Fundraise as an individual or start a team
  • Prizes will be awarded to top individual and team fundraisers

Paws for Tales is always in need of additional humane education themed books for the program.  To view a list of requested titles, click here.  If you would like to donate, please bring the book(s) with you to the event or drop them off at the Naperville Area Humane Society.  

 Course map:


This event would not be possible without the support of the following:








For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kristen Funk, Humane Education Manager,
at 630-420-8989 ext.117 or


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