BLACK Cat 5k October 26, 2019


2019/10/26 09:00:00

11th annual

Welcome to 5K Race | 1 Mile Fun Walk


Held in beautiful Peace Valley Park in New Britain, PA, the goal of the Black Cat 5K is to raise money for the Bucks County SPCA, while helping to find forever homes for dogs, cats and other companion animals in Bucks County. The Bucks County SPCA is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to enforcing state anti-cruelty laws, educating the community about companion animal care and issues, as well as preventing and alleviating the suffering of animals in Bucks County. In addition to sheltering stray or unwanted animals, the organization is committed to placing adoptable animals in permanent and loving homes. The Bucks County SPCA is dedicated to the welfare of all animals and is supported solely by donations. 

How It Started

The Black Cat 5K was born in 2009 when would-be Race Director Heidi Laubach found herself downsized as a result of the economic recession. Looking for something useful to do besides searching for full-time work, she contacted the Bucks County SPCA about organizing a 5K run as a fund-raiser for them. Although somewhat dubious at first (how often does someone you don’t know call you out of the blue with an offer to raise money for your organization and do all the work involved?), Community Relations Director Nikki Thompson graciously accepted the offer.

Using her very own black cat (with the unlikely name of Pumpkin) as her inspiration, Heidi selected a Halloween theme and put her project management skills to work. The inaugural Black Cat 5K and One-Mile Fun Walk, held on October 31, 2009, attracted over 100 runners and walkers and an annual event was born.

Now in its 11th year, the Black Cat 5K is proud to have helped many loving pets find their forever homes. We look forward to helping many more, with your support! 

Here are three things that make the Black Cat 5K special

Your participation supports homeless animals.

All the money raised by the Black Cat 5K– nearly $23,000 to date — goes to the Bucks County SPCA.

You could meet your new four-legged best friend.

We’re happy to have helped many cats and dogs find their forever homes, including last year’s official Black Cat who met his new family at the race.

You’re guaranteed a really cool Black Cat 5K T-shirt when you preregister.

Our race-T-shirt features the Black Cat 5K logo in a black and orange design that’s perfect for Halloween. Add a sterling silver Black Cat 5K commemorative pendant for just $40 to complete the look. All proceeds from sales of the pendant go to the Bucks County SPCA.


8-8:45 am  check-in and same-day registration

Check-in for preregistered runners and same-day registration is at Pavilion 3/4.

9-10:00 am 5K run

The race begins on the path below Sailor’s Point at 9 a.m. Strategies for completing a 5K include running the whole distance and a run-walk strategy. An average time is 32 minutes or less. Last year’s winning time in heavy rain and with a brisk wind was 18:21.


There are prizes for the overall male and female first-place runners and medals for the top three finishers by age group, but you’ll be a winner no matter where you place because your participation supports homeless pets!


Enjoy refreshments after the race and learn about pets available for adoption. Then join us as we recognize the top runners and award the prize for Best Dressed Pooch in the Fun Walk. The awards ceremony will be held at approximately 10-10:15 a.m.


Preregister for the Black Cat 5k Run and Walk on Pretzel City Sports or download the form below and mail the complete form with made checks payable to BLACK CAT/SPCA 5K RACE COMMITTEE and mail to 3944 JOHN’S WAY, DOYLESTOWN, PA 18902. Please contact Heidi Laubach 215‐900‐4599 for any additional information.

Thank you.


Peace Valley Park is located just minutes from Doylestown in Bucks County, PA. It’s a big place so finding us can be a little tricky (but worth the effort!). The Black Cat 5K begins on the walking/bike path near Sailor’s Point on the north side of Lake Galena, toward Peace Valley dam.

Use the directions below to find us on race day. DO NOT use mapquest or google maps to find us. If you do, the directions take you to the other side of the lake from where the race starts




Please make checks payable to BLACK CAT/SPCA 5K RACE COMMITTEE and mail to:

3944 John’s Way, Doylestown, PA 18902


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