Paws for a Cause is an annual 5 kilometer fun run, organized by nursing students to raise money to help meet the needs of underserved populations. In 2015, Paws for a Cause has elected that the proceeds will benefit children at Round Rock and Georgetown ISDs. The fun run is open to the public and is pet and family friendly. All registrants will receive a t-shirt.
If you would like to donate but not participate in the race, please click on the "Donate to the Cause" button below. There is no set amount for donations.
Families and pets are welcome! An adult participant registration includes a shirt. Accompanied children 15 years and under may run for free but will not receive a shirt.
Paws for a Cause started in response to a 2011 study by 2 nursing students, Whitney Hunt (center) and Paige Green (right; Erin McCracken is also pictured, left). Hunt and Green received an IRB exemption before studying the roughly 4,996 students at 10 elementary schools in Georgetown ISD. The results of the study showed that ill-fitting shoes lead to a higher rate of playground injury and can cause longterm health issues such as affected gait, bunions, and musculoskeletal problems, among others.
Hunt's and Green's classmates were motivated by these results and started the Paws for a Cause 5k to raise money to make sure local school children have shoes that fit.