Location: Columbus, OH US 43209 Directions
Type: Run Only, Run or Run/Walk
Sept 22 urgent update: event update for 20 Miler!

All 20 Miler and 10 Miler participants have had this document sent to their email by 9pm on Friday, September 22. But if you would like to review, please download and read the below PDF document detailing event changes for the 20 Miler.

Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.


As of 8:49 am on September 9, the Big Bad Wolfe Run has reached capacity. There is no waitlist and no additional spots will be added. The transfer window ended on September 21, the field is now set.


About this Race

Whether you're getting ready for that Fall full or half marathon or looking to test your summer training in a 5K, the Big Bad Wolfe Run is for you. We have race options of 5K, 10 miles, and 20 miles. Join us on September 24th for something great, the Big Bad Wolfe Run.  This race is all on the paved asphalt Alum Creek Trail, it is not a trail run.

We're going to deliver great swag, finisher medals for everyone, and a fun time. You're going to deliver the memories. Band together with the rest of the villagers and come run with us! 

As you take part in the Big Bad Wolfe Run, you'll be joining in the tradition of keeping the big bad wolf at bay. Just as the folks of Central Ohio have done for generations, kick off your Fall by wearing red and hitting the paths in memory of Little Red.


The Big Bad Wolfe Run benefits the Reeb Avenue Center

The Reeb Avenue Center holistically addresses the needs of residents while celebrating the heritage of the community.

We seek to build self-sufficiency through opportunities and transform lives through education, job training, and local job growth including entrepreneurship. Since Reeb Elementary School was built in 1904, it has been serving the changing needs of its neighbors. The historic school has been restored and now houses a number of nonprofits.

The needs are great; donate to the South Side.

Event Time Price Details
20 Mile Run
8:00AM EDT
10 Mile Run/Walk
8:00AM EDT
5K Run/Walk
8:10AM EDT
Kid's Run - approx. 100 meters
7:45AM EDT
Additional Race Information

The Big Bad Wolfe Run?

The Big Bad Wolfe Run pays tribute to one of the legends of central Ohio, Little Red.  For the full story, please be sure to read up on the legend of Little Red here.  


A black hooded sweatshirt will be included as part of your registration fee. Register now to guarantee your black riding hoodie!

All 20 Miler, 10 Miler, and 5K finishers will receive a sweet Big Bad Wolfe Run finisher medal. All Kid's Run participants will receive a ribbon.

Course details

Want to know where the aid stations are? Restrooms? Check out our full-featured map that shows everything along the course.

Need to switch your event after you've registered?

You can do that! Whether you want to jump up or down in distance, it's important for both safety and awards purposes to be sure you're registered for the proper event you'll do on race day. Simply follow the instructions here and you'll be all set! Please note: this event transfer service is available through 11:59pm on September 23.

Early Packet Pickup

Race packets may be picked up early at Columbus Running Company's Dublin location (6465 Perimeter Dr) on Friday, September 22 (10AM-8PM) and Saturday, September 23 (10AM-6PM). You may also pick up your packets at the race beginning at 7:00am on September 24.


There is parking at Wolfe Park, across Broad St at St Charles Preparatory School, and a bit south at Academy Park. For additional parking information, please view the parking map (subject to change, final details will be provided during race week).

Race Day Registration

The 2017 event has reached capacity and THERE WILL BE NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION FOR ANY EVENTS!


Each of the 20 Mile, 10 Mile, and 5K races will be chip timed, and all finishers will receive an awesome medal (Kid's Run Participants will receive a ribbon) to honor their accomplishment. Top finishers and age group winners in each event will receive special awards and recognition.

Create a Team

Have fun with a group and participate as a team. Each team member must individually pre-register under their team name. The first person signing up for a team will create the team during the registration process and all others signing up for that team will select their team name during their registration. For help with team registration and/or creation, please view the help topic by clicking here.

Participant Guidelines

Running with a stroller is absolutely fine. At the race start, please line up at the back of the pack for safety reasons. Running with dogs is prohibited: as is bicycling, inline skating, scooters, hoverboards, etc. Walking and running only in this event. 

What time does the course close?

The course will remain open for all events for 4 hours and 35 minutes. Most notably, this means that participants in the 20-mile event must maintain a 13:45/mile pace. 

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.

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