Fort4Fitness Winter Wonder Dash 2K/5K

November 23, 2019
Franke Park
Franke Park

Fort Wayne Trails has joined forces with Fort4Fitness through their charity partner program. This means that for every runner, walker, or biker who registers for any or all of the Spring CycleFall Festival, or Fantasy of Lights 5K events as a charity partner for Fort Wayne Trails, Fort4Fitness will donate a portion of your registration fees to the trails! Road races are a good way to develop a healthy habit of regular exercise as you train for the big race day. You can utilize the Pufferbelly Run/Walk/Stroll in July as a warmup race, and run in the Fort4Fitness race in September, and then enjoy the fun and beauty of the Fantasy of Lights 5K as you cool down, benefitting the trails every time! Here’s how it works:

Step 1:

Register Online

First, choose your event from either the Spring Cycle, Fall Festival, or Fantasy of Lights 5K. Then, from the dropdown labeled “Enter a Charity Partner code” select Fort Wayne Trails. This is box number 7 for the Fall Festival, and box number 3 on the Spring Cycle.

Already registered? You can still join our team! Please contact us and let us know the name you registered under for the Spring Cycle, Fall Festival, or Fantasy of Lights 5K,  and we can get you added to our team. This is the simplest way you can help, as a portion of your registration fees will be contributed to the trails.


Consider Pledging Additional Funds

A race can be a challenging event, especially if you’ve never done one before. Many people give themselves extra motivation by having their family or friends pledge to contribute money if they complete the race. Some choose to ask for a certain amount of money for every mile they plan on running. Others just ask for a flat contribution if they finish the race. If you decide to pursue this option, technology makes it easy! This article on Cool Running explains how you can use a third-party service to set up your own fundraising page and collect additional donations from family and friends. This step is optional, of course, but can be a great way to make a larger impact.



Run or Ride and Have Fun!

The most important step: complete the race! If we get enough registrants on the Fort Wayne Trails team, we will be given a reunion area in Parkview Field after the Fall Festival. (More details to be provided later.) We look forward to seeing, and congratulating, everyone that participates on our behalf!

It’s our sincere hope that providing a variety of races, whether our own or through partners, will help you to develop life-long, healthy habits. Happy trails!

Pufferbelly Run, Walk, and Stroll Update: To ensure that we can provide a safe and fun event we have made the decision to cap our registration and eliminate day-of registrations. We have a hand full of spaces left and once they are full we will be closing registration. The virtual options will be left open and are a great way to help support the event and Fort Wayne Trails. The virtual events are casual and you are not required to submit a time unless you would like to. We are sorry to anyone who has been inconvenienced by this decision and hope that you understand the reason behind our choice. Thank you for supporting Fort Wayne Trails!


Join us for the 11th Annual Pufferbelly Run, Walk, and Stroll, NOW WITH A VIRTUAL OPTION!

We are excited to announce that after careful consideration, we have determined that we can move forward with the 2020 Pufferbelly Run/Walk/Stroll IN-PERSON. While following the Governors guidelines and CDC recommendations, we will still provide a fun and safe event for all of you. Of course, your safety is paramount and as we get closer to July 18th, if we feel we cannot provide you with a rewarding and safe experience we will make any necessary changes. Keep in mind that in addition to a fun morning on the trails, every registration goes directly to supporting trail growth and development right here in our city. We thank you all for using and supporting Fort Wayne Trails.

More information and registration links can be found here: