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March 21 | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

UPDATE – 3/13/2020

This afternoon we made the difficult decision to CANCEL the Roanoke Valley SPCA 8th Annual Tail Chaser 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk scheduled for next Saturday, March 21 at Wasena Park, in light of the increased concern for public health and safety in our community during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. The change comes following Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s declaration of a state of emergency and discussions with our local officials, parks and recreation staff, and Roanoke Valley SPCA Board of Directors.

The Tail Chaser 5k Run and 1 Mile Walk is one of our three annual fundraising events for the Roanoke Valley SPCA, and raises a significant amount of money to help care for the nearly 1,600 cats and dogs that come through the shelter each year. We ask that you consider running or walking the race at another time as a Virtual Participant.

If you are already registered, you can pick up your race packet (including your t-shirt and swag) on Friday, March 20 between 10:00AM and 7:00PM at the Roanoke Valley SPCA parking lot – we have made this an all-day event in an effort to make pickup convenient and safe for everyone.  We will have a tent set up outside, and people can drive through to pick up their items.

When you run or walk your 5k in your neighborhood or on the greenway, we ask that you take a picture of you and your pup and post it on the Tail Chaser Facebook event page with the hashtag #VirtualTailChaser. We have some fun prizes available for the most “liked” photos!

Please visit the Run Signup website to update your registration accordingly. We will add more information as we receive it over the coming days.

On behalf of the staff, Board of Directors, volunteers and pets at the Roanoke Valley SPCA, we thank you for your patience and understanding during this unsettled time.



Come join the Roanoke Valley SPCA for a tail-wagging good time at our Tail Chaser 5k & 1 Mile Walk on March 21st, 2020! Put your paws to the pavement and run for their lives at Wasena, Smith & Vic Thomas Parks along the Roanoke Greenway. Sign yourself, and your canine friend up to take advantage of the Early Bird Registration that is only $25 for yourself and $10 for every dog you would like to join you.

Registration fees are as follows:

– Early Bird Registration (by March 6th): $25 per person, additional $10 for canine companion

– Registration (March 7th – 19th): $30 per person, additional $15 for canine companion

– Last Minute Registration (March 20th & 21st): $35 per person, additional $20 for canine companion

Click here to register.

T-Shirts will be guaranteed to the runners/walkers that register by March 7th, 2020. After March 7th, t-shirts will be given on a first come first served basis at Packet Pick Up.

Thank you to this year’s Tail Chaser 5k & 1 Mile Walk Sponsors: Fleet Feet, Run Roanoke, Invisible Fence, Carilion Clinic, Banfield Pet Hospital, Brambleton Veterinary Hospital and Trooper Joe’s Army. 

Special thanks to our media sponsor, WDBJ7.


For more information regarding registration or vendor/exhibitor spaces, please contact Suzanne Cresswell.


Suzanne Cresswell