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Fort Wayne Trails will act as a community partner and advocate in the development of a connected, multi-purpose system of trails in Allen County.


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Pufferbelly 5k



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Thanks to all who joined us on August 12th, 2017, for the 8th Annual Pufferbelly 5K Family Run/Walk and 1 Mile Kids' Fun Run.

A portion of our race was run on the Salomon Farm Trail and the Pufferbelly Trail from the Parkview YMCA to Wallen Road.


Photos from this year's race are available on the Fort Wayne Trails Facebook page.

The proceeds from this event will be used for trail development activities, including converting the old Fort Jackson and Saginaw Railroad into a paved recreational path.  When completed, it will link downtown Fort Wayne north to Pokagon State Park in Angola and south to Ouabache State Park in Bluffton. It will be the spine of a regional trails system that will provide endless health and recreational opportunities for residents and visitors to the Fort Wayne area.

The 1 Mile Kids' Fun Run starts at 8 AM, and the 5k Run and Walk starts at 8:30 AM.

Register online is closed for this year. We'll open the 2018 race registration in early spring.

Here's this year's route map. 

Follow this linkto register for the Pufferbelly Races. You may also register on site during packet pickup on Friday, August 11th from 5 to 7 PM or Saturday, August 12th from 7 to 8 AM.

Location and Parking

Parkview Family YMCA
10001 Dawson's Creek Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46825

The race will start and finish at the Parkview Family YMCA located on the south side of Dupont Road between Coldwater Road and Lima Road. Refer to this map or follow the signs for directions on where to park.

Important Information

  • Race day registration begins August 12, 2017 from 7am to 8am.
  • All pre-registered participants must check-in at the registration table at the Parkview YMCA to pick-up their packet on Friday, August 11th from 5 to 7 PM or on race day from 7 to 8 AM.
  • T-shirts will be given to all 5K participants who pre-register by July 12, 2017. Limited quantities will be available to all others on the day of the event. Performance shirts
    are available (in lieu of t-shirt) for an additional $10.00.
  • Timing chips will be used to ensure accurate times for all runners.
  • Awards will be given out at the completion of the 5K Run/Walk.
  • All pre-registered participants in the Kids' Fun Run will receive a participation award. Limited quantities will be available to all others on the day of the event.
  • All participants will be given free access to the Parkview YMCA (including the pool and splash pad) all day on race day.
  • Live music, refreshments, kids games and Sweetcakes the Clown.
  • Dogs, in-line skates, skateboards, and electronic devices are not allowed on the running course. Strollers are allowed for the 5k participants.
  • Participants in the 5K will be eligible for door prizes.

Team Registrations

Coworkers, charities, and groups of friends can register as a team! Teams will get a few added perks:

  • The team with the highest number of participants will receive a plaque
  • A VIP line at packet pickup will be dedicated to teams, speeding up the packet pickup process
  • Team members will receive an extra goodie (minimum of 5 team members in order to receive the extra goodie)
  • Group photo opportunity (hi-res photo will be emailed to the team's participants)

To register a team:

  • Decide on your group name. For example, you could put XYZ Corp or Smith Family
  • Register your teammates through online registration or paper forms. Under "Team Challenge", put your team name.
  • If some or all of your teammates have already registered, contact info@fwtrails.org with the names of the registered runners and the team name to have them reassigned to your group.

If you have any questions, contact info@fwtrails.org for more information.


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