Virtual 5k Run/Walk

We are running straight into 2021 with high hopes for the animals… and you can too!  You don’t have to run, of course; you can walk at your own pace. Join us for our first ever 5k virtual run/walk for the homeless animals, Tails on the Trails. Drawings for prizes, a chance to win a portrait of your pet by artist Lucy Richardson, and making happy tails possible for so many! As is true with so many organizations, COVID-19 has had a negative impact on the funds generated to run the shelter and care for our animals. Sadly, the ones who have the most to lose are the homeless cats and dogs that count on us. 

Register starting February 1 to show your support for the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia and the dogs and cats counting on you. You can also register to show your support with no actual running required. How’s that for a win/win? 

February 1, 2021 – March 26, 2021
Starting February 1, you may select your bracelet and register (with check/cash) at The Big Flea, 129 Shoppers Way, Brunswick or Puppy Paradise, 195 Skylane Rd., St. Simons. You can also register online by clicking the box above.

Date of Race:
March 1, 2021 – March 31, 2021
This virtual 5k run/walk takes place from March 1-31, 2021. The pace is up to you and doesn’t have to be completed in one day. Get some friends together and have fun! 

Registration Fee: 
Starting at $20.00

A big tail-wagging thank you to our business supporters: Big Flea Quality Resale; Exit 29 Postal & More; Island Dog; J&J Tires; Lucy Richardson Artistry; Magnolia Market; Shane’s Rib Shack; St. Simons Puppy Paradise; Sucheros; Yappy Days Daycare; 912twinkles 


View the Paw Pals Bracelet

Please email your run/walk photos to if you would like to be featured on our tailsonthetrails Instagram account.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Question: What is the Tails on the Trails Virtual 5K Run/Walk?

Answer: It is an event in which you can run or walk at any location, on any day(s) during the month of March 2021, at your pace, outside or on a treadmill, with your pet or alone or with a group of friends.

  1. Question: How do I register?

Answer: There are two ways to register, in person at one of our two locations or online.

  1. Question: How do I register in person?

Answer:  There are two locations for in person registration:

The Big Flea Quality Resale Store (the Humane Society’s resale/thrift store), 129 Shoppers Way, Brunswick, GA 31525

Puppy Paradise, 195 Skylane Rd., St. Simons Is., GA 31522

  1. Question: How do I register online?

Answer: Go to

  1. Question: How much does the Tails on the Trails Virtual 5K cost?

Answer: In person: If you register in person at one of our 2 locations the cost is $20 and includes a Paw Pals friendship bracelet and entry in our prize drawings.

Online: If you register online there are 2 options:$20 includes entry in our prize drawings and $22 includes entry in our prize drawings and a Paw Pals friendship bracelet (we have to charge an additional $2.00 to cover the cost of mailing the bracelet)

  1. Question: While I understand this is a virtual event is there any way to see other participants and their furry friends?

Answer: Glad you asked. We also want to see the participants and their furry friends, so we have set up an Instagram account titled Tails on the Trails. Starting March 1 through March 31, 2021, registered participants can submit a photo to Photos can include you and your furry friend, just you or just your furry friend. We can’t wait to see the photos!

  1. Question: What forms of payment do you accept for registration?

Answer: We can only accept cash and checks at our in person locations. At our online website you can pay by credit card or debit card.

  1. Question: What is a Paw Pals friendship bracelet?

Answer: The bracelet is similar to a woven friendship bracelet. Each bracelet is handmade by a Humane Society volunteer and may or may not contain a “paw” charm. No two bracelets are the same and vary in colors and sizes. There is a picture of the bracelet on the web page.

  1. Question: Can I choose my Paw Pals bracelet color and/or size?

Answer: Bracelets are first come first serve at our two in person registration locations. At those locations you can pick a color and size. When mailing bracelets for online registrations we only offer a choice of size: small (5 to 51/2 inches), medium (51/2 to 6 inches) and large (over 6 inches). Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee a certain color bracelet.

  1. Question: I have a pet rabbit, can he/she participate?

Answer:  Any and all family pets are welcome to participate. If your pet is not used to running or a lot of walking, please consult your veterinarian before they start the Tails on the Trails 5K.

  1. Question: I do not have a pet, can I still do the virtual run/walk?

Answer:  Absolutely!!! Everyone is welcome to sign up. If you are under 18 years of age you will need your parent’s permission.

  1. What is the deadline to register for the Tails on the Trails 5K Run/Walk?

Answer: Friday, March 26, 2021

  1. How do I sign up for the prize drawings?

Answer:  All participants signed up for the event will automatically have their name submitted for the drawings. No additional registration or cost is required.

  1. Question: When/Where will prize winners be announced?

Answer: Winners will be announced on the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia’s website ( on Tuesday, April 1, 2021 and will also be notified by email. Local winners (within Glynn County) will need to pick up their prize in person at the Big Flea Quality Resale Store. Out of town winners will have the option of picking up their prize in person at the Big Flea or having them mailed. All prizes must be claimed within 30 days of notification or they will be donated to the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia.

  1. Question: What are the prizes?

Answer:  There are gift cards, items from local artists, and a painted portrait of the winner’s pet by artist Lucy Richardson.

  1. Question: Do I need to time my run/walk?

Answer: As this is a virtual event, there will be no submitting of finishing times.

  1. Question: How long do I have to complete the 5K?

Answer: Participants can complete their run/walk anytime during March 2021. You can run/walk as much or as little as you want each day. The goal is to complete the 5K event and send us a photo with or without your pet to We can’t wait to see your photos!

  1. Question: Where do the proceeds from the Tails on the Trails 5K Run/Walk go?

Answer: All proceeds from the event will go to the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia, Brunswick, GA.

If you have any additional questions, please contact us at

Thank you for participating in the Tails on the Trails Virtual 5K Run/Walk!

Portraits by Lucy Richardson

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