The Running Wild 5K Run
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. (3 registrations fund a school bus!) Free food and beverages will be available after the race for registered participants.
Event includes awards for the top 3 finishers in each age category, disposable chip timers, nature medallions and optional t-shirts for pre-purchase (deadline Aug. 13!) 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.
Please bring your own labeled water bottle and place it in a cooler at the finish line.
More info on our green initiatives (PDF)
Day of Event registration and packet pick up: 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. August 19th at event site. Race time: 9 a.m.
- Day of Event registration and packet pick up: 8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. August 19 at event site.
- Mail-in registrations must be post-marked no later than August 11.
- Online registration ends Thurs. August 17, 11:59 p.m. EDT.
- Registration must be made by August 13, for T-shirts to be guaranteed.
- $20 - 5K Run/Walk
- $17 - 5K Run/Walk 14yrs and Under
- $15 - 3K Walk individual registration
- $35 - 3K Walk Wild Herd Discount for 3-4 participants of any age
Day-of Registration Fees
- 3K Walk Individual: $20
- 3K Walk Wild Herd: $40
- 5K Run individual: $25
** In order to keep race costs down we will only be ordering a limited number of shirts available for purchase the day of the race.**
**Registration must be made by Aug. 13, 2017 for T-shirts to be guaranteed.**
Our moisture wicking cotton/poly blend race t-shirts are made to keep you cool while you’re sweating it out on the trail. Shirts are available for pre-registered 5K Run participants.
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
Awards & Giveaways
The top three male and female runners in each age category, the top Overall male and female and the top Overall male and female Masters category (50 yrs. +), will receive a custom “2017 Running Wild” medal and Bendix Woods County Park maple syrup. All 3K Walk participants will receive an official Certificate of Completion and a handcrafted, collectible Running Wild participation medal. Children will also be able to pick a fun nature prize. All event participants will have the chance to win random prizes from great local vendors. Everyone will also receive a goodie bag stuffed with race flyers, a County Parks gate entry pass, and more!
Running Wild 5K timing provided by Mac's Sports Timing. Go to Running Wild for results. The 3K Wacky Nature Scavenger Hunt is un-timed.
Contact the Leisure Services Manager Jamie Hartzke at 574-277-4828, or email.