The Waldo Waldo 5K Run & Walk

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Thank you! 2016 was amazing! We'll have photos & more soon.

The 2016 Waldo Waldo 5K Run & Walk




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Presenting Sponsor

elope, Inc. logo

As the original incubator of The Waldo Waldo 5K, elope’s generous support has made the Waldo Waldo 5K possible every year since 2012. Family owned and operated, elope is proudly headquartered in Colorado Springs. They specialize in designing, manufacturing, and distributing hats, glasses, costumes, dress-up accessories and other whimsical wearables that spread joy and laughter. For more information, visit


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The Old School Bakery Springs Magazine
BIG Baker Insurance Group
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Honest Tea logo
Cushman Wakefield logo

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CS Indy Best Of Colorado Springs 2014 – Silver in Best Fundraising Events!

The Fifth Annual Waldo Waldo 5K

Thousands of Waldos and Wendas will take to the streets in downtown Colorado Springs, Saturday – October 22, 2016. Waldo Waldo is the region's most popular untimed 5K walk and fun run. Local exhibitors, music, and food trucks all added to the fun. Best of all, registered participants receive a Where’s Waldo costume kit. Money raised benefits local nonprofits that support community priorities like Waldo Canyon restoration and trail maintenance.

Runners of all ages and ability are welcome – walkers and strollers too!

Costume Included!

The $35 registration fee comes with a Waldo or Wenda costume kit (characters from the popular "Where's Waldo?" children’s books) that includes a shirt, hat and glasses! The price increases to $40 the morning of the event. Registration is open now.

A Good Cause

The money raised benefits local nonprofits that support Waldo Canyon restoration, disaster relief and fire recovery, outdoor activities, and trails and open space maintenance in Colorado Springs and the surrounding community.

Packet Pickup

Pick up your costume the week before the event (and bring your friends for in-person registration!)

Please bring your ticket!

Tuesday, Oct. 18 – Friday, Oct. 21
4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Bristol Brewing Company
1604 S Cascade
Colorado Springs, CO 80905

We’ll have costumes available for you to try on to make sure you get the right fit, as they tend to run a little small. Check your costume package to make sure everything looks good – exchanges are very limited!

Picking up your friend’s costume?
Please make sure you have their ticket!

Have friends that still need to register?
Register online, in person during packet pickup, or at the day of the event. Same-day registration begins at 7:30 a.m., ends at 9:00 a.m., and is $40.00.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Pioneers Museum
215 S Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

7:30 a.m. – Event opens (day of event registration begins, ends at 9:00)
8:30 a.m. – Warm-up yoga for all ages (by Cambio!)
9:00 a.m. – Day of event registration ends
9:30 a.m. – Big group photo, don't be late!
9:45 a.m. – Find your wave, running begins!
10:00 a.m. – Beer garden opens, music, food trucks, exhibitors welcome you back!

Event Guide

Download the Event Guide for everything you need to know for the 2016 Waldo Waldo 5K!


Beneficiaries are Rocky Mountain Field Institute and the Trails and Open Space Coalition

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Parking & More Info

We will have a designated handicapped parking at the park. It is recommended to walk, ride bikes or car pool.

Free parking at the Antler's Hotel courtesy of Cushman & Wakefield. Enter from Pikes Peak or Antler's Place, but NOT from Colorado Avenue. The entrance from Colorado is bank parking, and is not free. Please write "Waldo Waldo 5K" on your ticket and check out with the attendant to receive free parking.

The parking garage on Nevada and Colorado (ABOVE ground, not the “Nosh” garage) is only $1 for all day on weekends and is right next door to the start/finish. The other city garages (Kiowa/Nevada and Bijou/Cascade) are also only $1 for the full day on weekends.

Staying over night? The Hotel Eleganté has a special rate for participants on October 21–23. *** When you call please let the reservation desk know you are with Waldo Waldo 5K for the special rate.***

Waldo Waldo has been sighted offering excellent rates for all Waldo Waldo 5k participants at the SpringHill Suites and TownePlace Suites! Rates as low as $129 for a suite and 10% of all bookings will be donated back to the cause! Ask for the Waldo Waldo 5k special rate! Phone: 719-637-0800 SpringHill Suites or 719-638-0800 TownePlace Suites.

Please: NO dogs, due to the amount of people we are going to have in one location for the World Record Attempt, we are choosing to keep dogs out of the event. Thank you for your consideration.

No Refunds. If you can't make it to the event, please consider your registration a donation to wonderful Colorado Springs non-profits!

Already have a costume? Make sure to select "I came last year and do not need a costume" when you place your order!

(Psst. Looking for something from last year? You can still find all the 2015 event info here.)


The devastation of the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire sparked the Waldo Waldo 5K into existence. The run is a project dedicated to bringing motivated people together to have fun in costume and raise money for community needs. After two years of incubation with the elope Inc. team, the Waldo Waldo 5K grew into an independent organization dedicated to supporting natural disaster relief. Since 2012, thousands of participants dressed as Waldo or Wenda have raised more than $140,000 for local nonprofits. Beneficiaries include the Rocky Mountain Field Institute, Trails and Open Space Coalition and Waldo Canyon Firefighters Relief Fund at Pikes Peak Community Foundation.

Where does my money go?

The 5K raises money for The Waldo Waldo Fund, a fund of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, which supports natural disaster and fire recovery efforts, outdoor activities, and trails and open space maintenance in Colorado Springs and the surrounding community. Money is granted from this fund to the primary event beneficiaries.

As a community fundraiser, transparency is very important to us. We're always happy to give a breakdown of event expenses, revenues, and final donation amounts. If you ever have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.


This is a local, home-grown event. We partner with local businesses and work with local vendors as much as possible. The money raised is invested in local non-profits doing excellent work right here in Colorado Springs.

The event is produced by Waldo Waldo, Inc. Registration costs, accessory sales, and sponsorships pay for event expenses such as rental fees, insurance, race infrastructure and materials, medical support, event planning, organization and execution, volunteer coordination, event promotion and marketing, and planning for next year's event! After expenses, net proceeds generated are donated to the Waldo Waldo Fund to support our awesome local beneficiaries. We rely heavily on volunteers, friends and family, sponsors, in-kind donation and community support to pull it off every year. The primary purpose of the event is to raise money and have fun (not generate profit for out-of-state event companies) so we work hard to keep expenses down and find local organizations to sponsor the event or provide in-kind donations. We’re always interested in creative ideas and opportunities to collaborate with like-minded people in the community. Want to be involved? Have a cool idea? Get in touch!

2016 Press Release for the Waldo Waldo 5K (pdf)


CS Indy Best Of Colorado Springs 2014 – Silver in Best Fun Way to Support Charity! CS Indy Best Of Colorado Springs 2014 – Silver in Best Fundraising Events!

2015 Press Release for the Waldo Waldo 5K


Our Town: Host Sarada Connors talks to Chelise Foster from the Waldo Waldo 5K (9/26/15)
— AM 740 KVOR

Partners in Philanthropy Award winners improve community’s quality of life
— The Gazette

Chelise Foster: Waldo's star in stripes
— Colorado Springs Independent

2014 Waldo Waldo 5K photos
— Pikes Peak Sports

Runners dressed as Waldo raise money for Waldo Canyon restoration
— KRDO News Channel 13

Thousands dress as 'Where's Waldo?' to support Waldo Canyon restoration
— KXRM Fox 21 News

Waldo Waldo 5K Photo Gallery
— The Gazette

Waldo Waldo 5K could break records; event runs Sunday
— The Gazette

Waldo Waldo – Fitness for our Town!
— 6500 Feet Fit

There's a deeper meaning behind Waldo Waldo 5K's playful red and white stripes
— Pikes Peak Sports

Gallery: Waldo Waldo 5k
— Team USA

A Thousand Waldos Run Inaugural 5K
— Runners World

Waldo Waldo 5k raises money for fire and flood restoration across El Paso County
— KOAA 5

Waldo Waldo 5k Photo Gallery

Waldos Everywhere During The Waldo Waldo 5K
— KKTV 11 News

Q&A with Chelise Foster, the creative go-getter behind the Waldo Waldo 5K
— Pikes Peak Sports

There's Waldo! Run raises money for fire relief fund
— News 9 KUSA-TV

Presenting Sponsor

elope, Inc. logoThe presenting sponsor of the Waldo Waldo 5K is elope, Inc. Their generous participation and support has made this event possible since its inception in 2012.

Elope, Inc. headquarters are in beautiful Colorado Springs. They design, manufacture, and distribute fun wearables including hats, sunglasses, costumes, and accessories to retailers around the world. For more information, visit

Thanks to Our Awesome Supporters

Downtown Partnership logo

Bristol Brewing Company logo
Marco's logo
Aventa Credit Union logo
Mountain Chalet logo
Gold'sGym logo

OrangeTheory Fitness
Keystone Church logo
Springs Magazine
Polar Bottle logo

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Where’s Waldo? TM & © DreamWorks Animation LLC. Used by permission.


Saturday, October 22, 2016
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