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JOIN THE FUN AND SUPPORT THE ST. JOSEPH COUNTY PARKS!
The Running Wild 5K Run and 3K Scavenger Hunt will both be IN-PERSON and VIRTUAL in 2021. You choose which option works best for you!
About this Event: For those who choose the onsite, in-person option, 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 5K event includes awards for the top 3 finishers in each age category (in-person participants only). The 3K Wacky Scavenger Hunt Walk is on similar, relatively flat surfaces. Dogs allowed, on 6-foot leash, for the WALK ONLY. Individuals or families with leashed dogs will begin at the back of the walk start. Pre-packaged snacks and beverages will be available after the race for registered participants.
5K Participants: For those who choose the virtual option, you can run the 5K distance anywhere, in your neighborhood, on a treadmill, at a nearby park, or on the 5K course here at St. Patrick’s County Park. You will have from Saturday, August 21 to Sunday, August 29 to complete your 5K. Once you have the 5K completed, you will enter your time in the Run Signup website. The Running Wild course will be set up and ready for use anytime between August 21 (after 1pm) and August 29. If you ordered a Running Wild t-shirt you can pick it up during business hours in the main office at St. Patrick’s County Park anytime between August 23 and September 10. We are unable to ship items.
3K Participants: If you are signed up for the 3K Self-Led Scavenger Hunt, the trail will be set up and available to participants August 21 (after 1pm) through August 29 at St. Patrick's County Park. There will be a map and Scavenger Hunt list for you to download from the Run Signup website. If you ordered a Running Wild t-shirt you can pick it up during business hours in the main office at St. Patrick’s County Park anytime between August 23 and September 10. We are unable to ship items.
Proceeds benefit park facilities, programs, and bus transportation to the parks for school programs. The event is organized by the St. Joseph County Parks Foundation, Friends of Bendix Woods and Spicer Lake, and St. Joseph County Parks.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding Running Wild, please contact Jamie Hartzke at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for supporting St. Joseph County Parks!
Event Location: Onsite - St. Patrick's County Park is located at 50651 Laurel Road, South Bend, IN 46637
Event Location: Virtual - Anywhere and Anytime 5K Virtual Race - You may participate in your neighbor hood, local parks and trails or on a treadmill. St. Patrick's County Park will have courses marked and set-up for runners/walkers to come out and use during park hours beginning August 21 (after 1pm) through August 29. Participants choosing to use the St. Patrick's County Park course will not be charged an entrance fee for the day they are running or walking the course.
Be Aware: The Park trails contain unmarked tree roots, loose gravel, and ruts, and maybe muddy or slick. Participants are cautioned to keep your eyes on the trail and be aware of your footing.
**CHANGES FOR THIS YEAR**
Registration: Online registration ends Thursday, August 19, 11:59pm EDT. // Mail-in registrations must be post-marked no later than August 12. // Registration must be completed by August 12, 2021 for t-shirts to be guaranteed. If you register after August 12, you will not be able to order a t-shirt. // There will be NO onsite registrations the day of the run.
Registration Fees - In-person: $20.00 5K Run/Walk // $17.00 5K Run/Walk, 14 years and under // $15.00 3K individual registration // $35.00 3K Walk Herd Discount for 3-4 participants of any age // Order t-shirts separately for $11.00, X-small-XL or $14.00 for 2XL-3XL (plus 7% sales tax)
Registration Fees - Virtual or Self-Led: $15.00 5K Run/Walk - Virtual Race // $10.00 3K Walk individual registration (self-led, not the day of the walk) // $30.00 3K Walk Wild Herd Discount for 3-4 participants of any age (self-led, not the day of the walk) // Order t-shirts separately for $11.00, XS-XL or $14.00 for 2XL-3XL (plus 7% sales tax) // We are unable to ship items.
Race T-Shirts: To guarantee a shirt, you must order one when you register online. T-shirts must be ordered by August 12, 2021. T-shirts will be a dry-tech moisture wicking fabric. Participants who pre-order a t-shirt may pick it up during packet pick-up times Friday, August 20, Noon to 7:00pm OR the day of the run from 7:30-8:15am. For those not participating the day of the run/walk, t-shirts must be picked up during office hours at St. Patrick's County Park, August 23-September 10. We will not be selling any t-shirts the day of the run.
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 years +) will receive a custom "2021 Running Wild" medal and Bendix Woods County Park pure maple syrup. (Award winners will be contacted individually to pick-up their awards during office hours at St. Patrick's County Park, August 23 - September 10th.)
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.
There will be no after-run activities or awards ceremony.
Participants may also pick-up their FREE, collectible 2021 Running Wild participation medallion during packet pick-up times Friday, August 20 - Noon to 7:00pm OR the day of the run from 7:30-8:15am, or may pick it up during office hours at St. Patrick's County Park anytime between August 23 through September 10.
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 not timed.
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