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PACE for the Donkeys Annual 5K Trail Run

Thank you runners - You raised over $29,600 in 2021!

See you at PACE 2022!


PACE for the Donkeys is a 5K Trail Run and Walk through the nature trails and paddocks at the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada. This year, the race will be on the farm for a limited number of people and also online! The race will take place on September 26th, 2021.

The proceeds from the run will go towards the Sanctuary, meaning that by registering you can help provide care to the animals here that we all love.


More Race Information

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Q) Is there a minimum age for the race?
A) There is no minimum age required for the race.

Q) Is there a limit to the number of racers in the PACE?
A) There is a limit of 100 runners on the farm this year. The virtual race has no limits.

Q) How do I qualify for a prize?
A) We’ll award top prizes for fundraising for individuals and teams.

Q) I’m not interested in participating in the race, but I would like to help the animals. Is there another way I can help?
A) We’re happy you asked! If you wanted to make a donation to the DSC, please DONATE HERE or give us a call at 519-836-1697 to support the donkeys. Thank you so much!

Parking this year will be at the Sanctuary. There will NOT be a shuttle.

We strongly encourage participants to bring their own water, as there will be limited access to water on the premises and no water stations on the course.

There will be no bag drop this year. Please leave valuables either at home or in your locked car.

The race will start at 10 am. Registration will open up at 9 am and will close at 9:50 am. At the registration table, you will be able to pick up your bib, timing chip and t-shirt (if ordered). There will be no shuttle bus this year. You will park at the Sanctuary in one of two parking lots. A parking attendant will be on hand to direct you. For runner safety, we will be closing the gate at 10 am.

The course is a true 5K which loops up, down and around a section of the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada’s beautiful 100-acre farm.

Terrain includes hay fields, dirt laneway, wetland trails, and is mostly flat (with one short, fairly tough hill) but this is the country – rocks, roots, and uneven ground are part of the experience.

You will see mules and donkeys in paddocks who will be very curious about what you are doing. And, you will likely hear the beautiful braying sounds of the 90 plus resident animals!