Running Wild

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 August 12!) 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.

Green Event!

Please bring your own labeled water bottle and place it in a cooler at the finish line.
More info on our green initiatives (PDF)


  • Online Registration
  • Registration Confirmation
  • Results after the Race

Event Location

St. Patrick’s County Park
50651 Laurel Road
South Bend, IN 46637

Thank You to our Sponsors

Event Times

Day of Event registration and packet pick up: 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. August 18th at event site. Race time: 9 a.m.


  • Day of Event registration and packet pick up: 8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. August 18 at event site.
  • Mail-in registrations must be post-marked no later than August 10.
  • Online registration ends Thurs. August 16, 11:59 p.m. EDT.
  • Registration must be made by August 12, for T-shirts to be guaranteed.

Pre-Registration Fees

  • $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
Order Tee Shirts Separately for $9 ($10 for XXL/XXXL)

Day-of Registration Fees

  • 3K Walk Individual: $20
  • 3K Walk Wild Herd: $40
  • 5K Run individual: $25

Race T-Shirts

** 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. 12, 2018 for T-shirts to be guaranteed.**

100% polyester wicking knit.

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 “2018 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.

Event Timing

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.