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November 2, 2019

Location: FDR Park

2001 Pattison Avenue, enter via gate at 20th and Pattison Ave.

Registration / Shirt Pick-up: 7:30AM

Pre-race yoga / stretch: 8:10AM

Race Start: 8:30AM

Post Race Festivities / Adoption Party: 9AM 

Cost and Registration: 

$35 Pre-Race Registration

$40 Race Day Registration**

**T-Shirts are NOT guaranteed for race day registrants. Arrive early to secure a race day bib. We suggest arriving at 7:30AM if you missed online registration.

The Rescue Run 5k Perks:

  • Chip Timing

  • Tech T-Shirts for all pre-registered runners (Men’s and Women’s sizes available)

  • Personalized Fundraising Pages

  • Team Set-Up (Form a Team! Join a Team!)

  • Awards for Age Group Winners

  • Fundraising Prizes (Individual and Team)

  • Adoptable dogs at the race from our running program, local shelters and rescues.

  • Warm fuzzies knowing that you ran for rescue!

Race Day FAQ:


What does the race support?

We (The Monster Milers) are a non-profit dog rescue organization that supports Philadelphia's shelters. We save lives directly from Philadelphia’s City shelter and find loving homes for them within the running community via our network of foster homes, and support other dogs that are still in shelters by running with them regularly. The Rescue Run 5k is our main fundraiser and will fund our lifesaving program and running program throughout the year! Once we rescue dogs, they are vet-checked, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, heart-worm tested (and treated), and microchipped before we find homes for them. But we can’t do it without the support of our donors and this race! (The Monster Milers is a 501c3 charity.) Along with our adoption program, we also send over 100 volunteer runners into local animal shelters to run with dogs as they await adoption. It gives the dogs something to look forward to each day during a difficult time in their lives. Though our lifesaving adoption program and our daily volunteer running, we’re making shelter dogs smile, one mile at a time! 

Can my dog race with me? Is the race dog-friendly?
Unfortunately, no dogs are permitted in the race. We LOVE dogs (obviously), but due to safety and liability concerns, we cannot allow dogs on the race course. (Lots of dogs + crowds of runners + excitement = unsafe race conditions.) Well-behaved, on-leash dogs are permitted at the start/finish area and at the post-race Rescue Rally, but not in the actual race. All dogs must be kept on-leash with a non-racing handler and under control at all times. If your dog is off-leash, you will be kindly asked to put your dog on-leash or leave the event. If your dog is easily agitated or stressed around other dogs and/or crowds, this might not be the best place for a dog-outing. (There will be plenty of adoptable dogs to meet and greet during the event.).

Is there parking available?

Yep! If using GPS​, enter via the gate at 2001 Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19145. (Or 20th and Pattison Avenue.) Refer to the map provided at the bottom of the page for clarification! 

How do we get to the race?

“The Hub” of The Rescue Run 5k is at The Boat House and the adjacent field within FDR park. The City of Philadelphia is closing the park to the public on race morning, so that NO CARS will be on the course when runners are participating. Roads will reopen at 11am sharp. ONLY those involved in The Rescue Run 5k will be allowed into the park prior to 11am. Should you be stopped by the officers keeping the roads closed BE SURE to tell them that you are participating in the event so that they can direct you to the proper lot, as vehicles of those participating in RR5k  will only be permitted to enter the gate located at 20th and Pattinson. You are able to walk into the park at any other entrance, then find us at The Boathouse! 

Arriving by Public Transportation: 
There is a subway stop (AT&T Station-Broad Street Line) just outside of the park entrance on Broad and Pattison (look for Septa symbol on top right corner of map!). If you are taking public transportation and entering by foot at this entrance, follow the internal park signs leading you to “The Boathouse.” This is the hub of the Rescue Run 5k (you will be walking inside the park towards 20th and Pattison). 


Arriving by Personal Vehicle: 
We DO NOT recommend putting “FDR Park” into your GPS or Mobile Device. Rather, put 2001 Pattison Avenue. There is an entrance at approximately 20th and Pattison, and this entrance will bring you to the parking lot we will be using on race day. 

PLEASE NOTE: The park will be closed to the public on Race Morning. When you arrive at other entrances, they will be closed! Again, look for the entrance at 20th and Pattison so that you can easily enter and we can assist you in parking. 


Any race swag?
All runners who register online will get a race-tech tee. (We have regular and fitted t-shirts.) All 21+ runners are eligible for a post-race beer. (All runners entering the beer garden must have ID checked before the race.)

Racers can also opt to fundraise for additional race swag.

2019's Fundraising Prizes

Our top fundraiser goes home with a 2-night getaway to a cabin near Lake Placid! But we have prizes for every fundraiser that raises $25 or more.

$25 - Rescue Run 5K Pint Glass

$75 - Rescue Run 5K running gloves (Winter is coming.)

$150 - Rescue Run 5K Fandana (it's like a multi-purpose head wrap!)

$250 - Monster Milers long-sleeve tech tee

$500 - Rescue Run 5K Headsweats brand visor

$750 - Zip-up Rescue Run 5K Jacket

$1000 - Announced Soon

Fundraisers get every fundraising prize as you climb levels. Make the $25 mark and get that prize. Make the $75 mark and get THAT prize AND the $25 mark prize. Hit the highest mark? You'll be taking home each prize.

Cool!  I want a prize!  How do I fundraise for the event?

Right after you you register for the race you’ll have the opportunity to set up your own personal fundraising page. You can make your very own appeal to send to family and friends to support you. Or you can form or join a team to fundraise together. Registered runners will be able to see who’s in the lead for fundraising from our registration page. Fancy a fundraising competition? Sweet swag will be available for individual fundraisers who hit certain milestones and we will have top fundraising awards (both Team and Individual award.) For more information about setting up your personal page, joining a team, editing your goal, etc, please see our Fundraising Page.


Is the race chip-timed?

Yep!  Chip timing will be provided for all racers who pre-register online.  

Can I run with a stroller?

No. For the safety of all participants, jogging strollers are prohibited in the race.


What are the awards?

Each year we come up with some pretty sweet prizes for our top runners. Prizes for the following categories will be announced: 

  • First Overall Male & Female

  • Second Overall Male & Female

  • Third Overall Male & Female

  • Top age group finishers all go home with a pie (yum) and a medal.

I registered but now I can’t come to the race. Can I get a refund or transfer my registration? 

No. Unfortunately there are no refunds or registration transfers available.


Can I pick up my shirt (and fundraising prizes) after the race or have them shipped to me if I can’t make it?

Shirts and fundraising prizes are only available on race day so if you can’t make it - be sure to send someone to pick-up your shirt and prizes on your behalf with a copy of your ID. 


Can spectators come to the race?  Do they need to register?

Yes indeed spectators are welcome. Spectators do not need to register for the race. (But they’re encouraged to make posters, bring noise makers and make a party out of it!) The festivities are open to the public, but spectators are advised to stay off the actual running path to make way for the runners.


Will there be refreshments at the race?

Water and snacks will be provided after the race for registered runners after the race. All 21+ runners will receive one complimentary beer courtesy of Yards Brewery (with ID check.

Will I be able to adopt a dog on race day?

There will be rescues / shelters  bringing dogs on race day. If you’re looking to adopt a running buddy, this will be a great opportunity to meet some of the dogs from numerous organizations in the Philadelphia region. Each shelter / rescue group will have their own system for adoptions. Most rescues  require a waiting period so they can process the application and check references. (They’ll want to check with your landlord that pets are allowed, might check personal references, etc.) Some of our rescue partners with shelter facilities require adopters to complete applications on site (at their shelter facility.) You will not leave the race with a new dog, but you most certainly will be able to meet dogs and fill out adoption applications. We know of numerous forever connections that were made at previous Rescue Run 5Ks!

Will there be a bag check?

There will not be a bag check. Please plan accordingly! Most runners leave gear in their cars.   


Can I volunteer at the race?

Absolutely! To pull this off we’re going to need the help of a few good men and women. We've also had great student groups help out on race morning. If you'd like more information about volunteering on race day please email and our race committee will be in touch.


I have a business and we’d like to partner.  Are there sponsorship opportunities?

Um. Yes! We’d love to talk to you about partnering with the race. For more information, see our Sponsorship Page.


I represent a rescue or shelter and we’d like to be on site race day.  How do we get involved?

We’re thrilled that you’re interested! We have a limited number of spaces available for participating 501c3 shelters/rescues. Get more information, here.  


Can I take public transportation to FDR Park?
Yep! There is a subway stop (AT&T Station-Broad Street Line) just outside of the park entrance on Broad and Pattison (look for Septa symbol on top right corner of map at bottom of page!). If you are taking public transportation and entering by foot at this entrance, follow the internal park signs leading you to “The Boathouse.” This is the hub of the Rescue Run 5k (you will be walking inside the park towards 20th and Pattison). Be sure to check SEPTA’s website for accurate time schedules. 

What’s the course?

The course is a double loop through FDR's scenic park. 




FDR Park RR5k Guide .jpg
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Park Map For Race Day

Rescue Run 5k Course Map

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