Carl's 5K

  • Details

  • 10/16/21
  • 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. -
  • Free
  • All Ages
  • Categories

  • Health/Fitness

Event Description

Join Iowa Farm Sanctuary in person or virtually for a 5K fundraiser to benefit the rescued farm animal residents of our 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.


Cost: $50 per person; both in-person and virtual options available!

**Registration ends September 19, 2021 at 11:59pm CDT**

Spectator Day Pass tickets are available for those who would like to visit the sanctuary and cheer on participants. $12 adults and kids over 10, $6 kids under 10. Learn more here: Carl's 5K Spectator Day Pass — Iowa Farm Sanctuary 

About Carl:
Carl was the first cow ever rescued by Iowa Farm Sanctuary. At only a few days old, Carl arrived at our sanctuary with the number 527 glued to the side of his little body. He was just a number to the dairy industry—another product to be sold. Had Carl not been too sick to walk out onto the auction floor, he would have been sold as veal.

Carl was so tiny and so sick that we weren’t sure if he’d survive—but against all the odds, Carl made it. He grew up to be a gigantic, sassy, and mischievous steer; his personality was truly larger than life. We suddenly lost Carl earlier this year to a hidden illness that he contracted before his rescue, and life will never be the same again without him here.

About the 5K:
Celebrating Carl’s birthday has always been one of Iowa Farm Sanctuary’s most cherished traditions. This year would have been Carl’s 5th birthday, but now we are honoring the legacy of his precious life instead.

Carl’s 5K will be unlike any race you’ve ever participated in before, as the course will wind around our beautiful sanctuary grounds—our rescued residents cheering you on as you go! After you cross the finish line, you can visit with your favorite rescued animal residents and enjoy complimentary vegan snacks—or bring a little vegan picnic to enjoy!

Both runners and walkers are welcome! We’re also offering a self-timed virtual option for those who cannot join us in person! Additionally, you can register as a herd if you want to! Well, as a team—but we’re cow people! 

Registration (both in-person and virtual) includes an exclusive t-shirt, bib, and medal!

We hope you’ll join us in making Carl’s 5K the magnificent celebration of life that he deserves!

All proceeds from this fundraising event benefit the rescued residents of Iowa Farm Sanctuary!