Pufferbelly 5K

August 11, 2018 • 8:00am
Maple Creek Middle School
425 Union Chapel Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46845

Help Us Develop the Pufferbelly Trail!

Put your feet to the pavement, and help to develop trails throughout our community!  The proceeds from this event will be used for trail development activities, including converting the old Fort Jackson and Saginaw Railroad into the Pufferbelly Trail, 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.

2018 Race Results and Photos



  • Date:  Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Location:  Maple Creek Middle School 425 Union Chapel Rd 46845
    • The race will start and finish at Maple Creek Middle School located on the north side of Union Chapel Road between Corbin and Coldwater road. Follow the signs and parking assistants for directions on where to park.
    • Route Map
  • Time:  The 1 Mile Kids’ Fun Run starts at 8 AM, and the 5k Run/Walk starts at 8:30 AM.
  • Packet Pick-Up:  All pre-registered participants must check-in at the registration table in the lobby of Maple Creek Middle School to pick-up their packet on Friday, August 10th from 5 to 7 PM or Saturday, August 11th, from 7 to 8 AM.
  • You may also register on-site during packet pick-up on Friday, August 10th from 5 to 7 PM or Saturday, August 11th from 7 to 8 AM.
  • T-Shirts will be given to all 5K participants who pre-register by July 13, 2018. No T-shirts will be available after that date. 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.
  • All participants will be given free access to the Parkview YMCA (including the pool and splash pad) all day.
  • Music, refreshments, and kids games.
  • Dogs, in-line skates, skateboards, and electronic devices are not allowed on the running course.
  • Strollers are permitted for the 5k participants.
  • Participants in the 5K will be eligible for door prizes.
  • 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.
  • Awards will be given out at the completion of the 5K Run/Walk.

Kids dashing in the Fun Run

Participants, including families with strollers

Participant giving a child a high-5 at the finish line

Team Registration

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.
  • Teams with a minimum of 5 members will each receive an 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 [email protected] with the names of the registered runners and the team name to have them reassigned to your group.

Team photo, including wheelchair participant

Team receiving award

If you have any further questions, email us at [email protected] for more information.

Photos from last year’s event are available on the Fort Wayne Trails Facebook page.