SAFE Haven Run for Their Lives 5K & CatFest

Raleigh, NC

We're celebrating our 26th anniversary with a big, family-friendly celebration of all things CAT on Saturday, October 3. Come for the 5K and stay for CatFest!! The race will start and finish at SAFE Haven for Cats and you will have an opportunity to visit with all the cats and kittens on Race Day! There will be vendors, tours of the shelter and more so come enjoy a day of family fun.

5K EVENT LOCATION: SAFE Haven for Cats, 8431-137 Garvey Drive, Raleigh

(Packet Pickup location will be announced)


  • Early Bird (Through August 31) 
    • Early Bird - Race Registration With No T-Shirt: $15 + Fees
    • Early Bird - Race Registration With T-Shirt: $23 + Fees

  • Regular Registration (September 1 - October 2)
    • Race Registration With No T-Shirt: $20 + Fees
    • Race Registration With T-Shirt: $28 + Fees
  • Day of Registration $25

  • Competitive Race
  • Fun Run/Walk - Dogs & Strollers Welcome!
  • Activities for Kids

Join fellow animal lovers in warm-ups before tackling a unique course that features some long grades up and down, a view of a geese-filled lake and a challenging start and finish. Lace-up your kicks with SAFE Haven for Cats to raise money for homeless cats on Saturday, October 3, 2020. The race will start and finish at SAFE Haven for Cats (8431-137 Garvey Drive, Raleigh, NC 27616).

The event includes a timed 5K race and an untimed 5K Fun Run/Walk. Dogs can run/walk with their owners in the Fun Run and strollers are welcome too.


RUN or WALK: If you want to participate in the 5K select the “Register Now” button above.

SPONSOR OR BE A VENDOR: You can also be a sponsor or vendor. We have plenty of options for companies and small businesses. If you would like to become a sponsor or a vendor please contact Pam Miller at

FUNDRAISE: Learn how you can sprint for saving lives by creating a fundraising team.


After the 5K stay for cat-tastic activities for everyone to enjoy! 
CatFest starts immediately following the 5K Race Awards Ceremony at 10:30 am

PRICE: $10 includes lunch and activities (12 and under free). For a CatFest ticket, please click here or click the "Register Now" button at the top right of this page. You can buy CatFest tickets even if you don't plan to come to the 5K. 


  • Cat Yoga
  • Bouncy Obstacle Course
  • Kids Crafting for Cats
  • Face Painting
  • Cat Poetry/Story Open Mic
  • Lunch (Vegan & Vegetarian options too!)
  • Tours of SAFE Haven for Cats
  • Cat-themed Costume Contest
  • Dog Play/Pool Area
  • Vendors - shop for your pet, custom-designed beds and toys, visit with veterinarians and pet stores
  • Kitty Corn Hole
  • Selfie Station sponsored by BC/DC Ideas

For just $10, you get lunch (12 and under free) plus access to all of the fun events including cat yoga, cat crafts, face painting, kitty corn hole, pet poetry, shelter tours, pet-friendly vendors, live DJ, and more!

When & Where

Oct 3, 2020 TBD

Raleigh, NC

SAFE Haven for Cats

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