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Running Wild 5K Run/3K Walk

Saturday August 15th, 2020

South Bend, IN

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Event Location
St. Patrick’s County Park, 50651 Laurel Rd., South Bend, IN 46637

About This Event
The Running Wild 5K Run is professionally chip-timed with disposable chips on park wooded and open field trails, park roads, grass and gravel. The 3K Wacky Scavenger Hunt Walk is on similar, relatively flat surfaces. Proceeds benefit park facilities, programs and bus transportation to the parks for school programs. Event includes awards for the top 3 finishers in each age category. Dogs allowed on 6-ft leash for the WALK ONLY. Individuals or families with leashed dogs will begin at the back of the walk start. The event is organized by the St. Joseph County Parks Foundation, Friends of Bendix Woods and Spicer Lake and St. Joseph County Parks.


  • All registration will be online. No day-of registration at the park.

  • 5K will have a staggered start with a max of 25 participants beginning every 5 minutes.   

  • 3K Walk has a separate, later start time.

  • There will be no after-run activities or awards ceremony. So registration fees have been reduced compared to last year.

  • Award winners will be contacted individually to pick up their prize at a later date.

  • We are not providing storage coolers for personal water bottles, nor refill stations. Water bottles will be available at the end of the race.

  • New this year – A Virtual Option! Run at a time and place convenient for you, and track your own time.

Be Aware:  The Park trails contain unmarked tree roots, loose gravel and ruts and may be muddy or slick. Participants are cautioned to keep your eyes on the trail and be aware of your footing.  

Event Times for 5K

Early packet pickup for 5K will take place on Friday, August 14 from 4:30-6 pm at the Pfeil Pavilion next to the Red Barn.

Packet pick up for 5K runners will also be on Saturday, August 15: 8 am – 8:45 in the Pfeil Pavilion.

5K Run race time-9:00 am. Start time will be staggered every 5 minutes with a max of 25 participants in each heat; choose your start time when you register.

Event Times for 3K

3K Walk start time-11:30 am

On-line registration ends Thurs. Aug. 13, 11:59 pm EDT.
Mail-in registrations must be post-marked no later than Aug. 07.
There is NO day of registration for the 5K Run or 3K Walk this year. 

**If you register after Aug. 09, you will not be able to order a T-shirt. Registration must be made by Aug. 09, 2020 for T-shirts to be guaranteed.**

Pre-Registration Fees
$15.00 - 5K Run/Walk
$12.00 - 5K Run/Walk 14 yrs and Under

$15.00 - 5K Run/Walk - Virtual Race

$10.00 - 3K Walk individual registration
$30.00 - 3K Walk Wild Herd Discount for 3-4 participants of any age**

Order Tee Shirts Separately for $11.00 SM-XL or $13.00 for XXL/XXXL (plus 7% sales tax). To guarantee a shirt, you must register by Aug. 09 and order a shirt at the time you register. 

Day-Of Registration Fees
There is NO day of registration for the 5K Run or 3K Walk this year. 

Race T-Shirts
** Pre-order your optional shirt when you register on line by August 09, 2020. We will NOT be ordering additional shirts for onsite purchase this year. 

2020 t-shirts, 60/40 cotton blend

**To guarantee a shirt, you must order one when you register online by Aug. 09, 2020.**

Age Categories for 5K Run
14 years & younger, 15-19 years, 20-24 years, 25-29 years, 30-34 years, 35-39 years, 40-44 years, 45-49 years, 50-54 years, 55-59 years, 60-64 years, 65-69 years, 70-74 years, 75+ years

The top three onsite male and female runners in each age category and the top onsite overall male and female, will receive a custom “2020 Running Wild” medal and Bendix Woods County Park maple syrup.  Award winners will be contacted individually to pick up their prize at a later date. 


All participants will receive a handcrafted, collectible Running Wild participation medallion. Virtual participants can arrange to pick theirs up during St. Patrick's County Park office hours beginning August 17 through September 4th.

Event Timing
Running Wild 5K timing provided by Mac's Sports Timing. Go to  https://runsignup.com/runningwild for results. The 3K Wacky Nature Scavenger Hunt Walk is un-timed.

Please go the extra mile and collect additional contributions to help support St. Joseph County Parks facilities, trails and programs! (Participation in fund raising is not required, but greatly appreciated.)

Race Distances

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5K Trail Run/Walk Click to Find Out Register »
3K Walk Click to Find Out Register »

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Start Location

50651 Laurel Rd, South Bend, IN

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