Bark in the Park

 5K Race  |  1-Mile Walk  |  Pet Costume Contest 

October 24, 2021

Harrisburg's City Island or Virtually

Registrants can run, skip or walk their way to
the finish line to help us raise money to FEED
and CARE for animals in need!



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Fetch your sneakers and get ready to race or walk! Both courses begin on scenic City Island, Harrisburg, PA. The USATF Certified 5K course extends to Harrisburg’s Riverfront Park.

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Have even more fun on race day when you and/or your dog dress up in costume and participate in our pet costume contest! Prizes will be awarded to individuals, dogs, individuals with dogs, and groups.

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Help us raise money to FEED and CARE for animals in need by becoming a sponsor of Bark in the Park. Your monetary donation directly helps PA animals in need. We have sponsorships for every budget!

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Meet Our Emcee: Matt Barcaro

Matt Barcaro will be our emcee again this year. This will be his 10th year as our host for Bark in the Park. We are excited to have him once again.

He joined the WGAL News 8 team in April 2008 and is happy to be back in the Keystone State, having grown up outside of Philadelphia.

Matt attended college at Syracuse University where he majored in Broadcast Journalism and History.

While he's always been an avid news junkie, his true love of journalism and politics came during an internship in the Hearst-Argyle Washington Bureau, where he had the chance to work on stories at the White House and on Capitol Hill. He continued his career in Arkansas where he worked as a reporter for WGAL's sister station in Fort Smith-Fayetteville.

Aside from reporting the news, Matt enjoys spending time outdoors camping and hiking, taking pictures and cooking. He's also a huge music fan.

Matt looks forward to catching up with old friends and meeting many new ones.




2021 BITP TSHIRT icon

Register by October 8, 2021 to be guaranteed a t-shirt!

You can still register after this date, however, shirts are not guaranteed.


How much does it cost?

(ages 12+):


(ages 3-11)




All proceeds benefit Animal Care PA's core programs that FEED and CARE for animals in need. 

* Each registrant will have a $3.25 processing fee added to their registration.

Schedule of Events

6:00 am: Staff/volunteers arrive

7:30 am: Registration/Packet Pick-Up Opens

9:00 am: 5K Run

9:30 am: 1-Mile Walk

10:00 am: 5K Prizes

10:30 am: Raffles Close

10:30 am: Costume Parade

11:00 am: ACPA Presentation

11:15 am: Raffle Winners Posted

11:15 am: Costume Contest Prizes

11:30 am: Event Concludes