Is the 5K course certified? No, but it is wheel-measured and the race is professionally timed by Pretzel City Sports. There is a cost associated with course certification and with our shoe-string budget, we haven’t yet taken this step.
How do I preregister for the Black Cat 5K or Fun Walk? There are two easy ways. You can preregister online at pretzelcitysports.com or download an application from this site, complete it and mail with your entry fee to Black Cat 5K Race Committee, 3944 Johns Way, Doylestown, PA 18902. Online registration closes midnight October 25th.
How much does it cost? The entry fee for the 5K is $25 before October 14. After October 14 and on race day, the fee is $30. The entry fee for the One Mile Fun Walk is $20.
Will there be black cats and other pets available for adoption at the event? It depends. While we hope to have some furry friends on hand for you to meet in person, it can be a little tricky. There are a few reasons for this. One is that many of the animals sheltered at the SPCA have been rescued from situations where they have not been properly socialized and may not be comfortable being around lots of people. That doesn’t mean they won’t make great pets, just that an event with lots of strangers can be a little stressful for them right now. Cats especially can be stressed out by lots of people. Kittens tend to be more fearless, but they’re also quick to be adopted so we may not have any to bring with us on any given day. With that said, we will have photos and descriptions of all the great animals waiting for their forever homes back at the shelter, for you to look through. And some of our animal “alumni” will be on hand to mix, mingle, and enjoy a good belly rub or two.
Are dogs allowed in the Black Cat 5K? How about strollers? The answer is no to both. For the safety of the runners, dogs and strollers are not allowed in the 5K run, but are more than welcome to participate in the One Mile Fun Walk.
How do I get to Peace Valley Park? For your convenience, directions to the Black Cat 5K are available on this site. The park is large so it can be challenging to find us if you’re not familiar with it. But it’s well worth the effort!
Is the course hilly? No. The course is mostly level. It starts and ends on the walking path around Lake Galena just off Sailors Point. From the start, the course follows the path along the lake and across the Peace Valley Dam for 1.55 miles out and back. It’s a really beautiful course, although it can be quite windy running across the dam.
Does the One Mile Fun Walk follow the same course? No. The fun walk starts at the same place as the 5K but heads in the opposite direction. It follows the walking path for a half-mile out and back.
Can I volunteer or be a race sponsor? Sure! If you would like to volunteer or be a business sponsor for our event, please contact Race Director Heidi Laubach at 215-900-4599 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.