The Fourth Annual Waldo Waldo 5K!
The Waldo Waldo 5K is a Colorado Springs family friendly 5K walk & fun run fundraiser. This un-timed 5K is fun and unique event for people of all-abilities including many first time 5k’ers, families, corporate teams, military teams, firefighters, experienced wheelchair users and even community members who were deeply affected by the fires.
Last Year's Group Photo
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 will be available soon!
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.
The world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as Waldo is just 3,872. We had more than 3,100 last year – so invite your friends and let's break that record!
2015 event details are on the way! Stay tuned!
We have a lot of exciting things to announce for this year's event – but they're not quite ready yet! Follow us on Facebook to be the first to hear all the fun things coming for the 2015 Waldo Waldo 5K.
(Psst. Looking for something from last year? You can still find all the 2014 event info here.)
The run was first set up in 2012 as a response to the Waldo Canyon Fire, to bring people together to have fun and raise money for local community needs, especially supporting natural disaster relief and fire recovery efforts, outdoor activities, and trails and open space maintenance in Colorado Springs and the surrounding community. Since 2012 we've had thousands of participants dressed as Waldo or Wenda, and raised over $100,000 for local nonprofits such as Rocky Mountain Field Institute, Trails and Open Space Coalition, and the 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.
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. Ticket costs and sponsorships pay for event expenses, such as rental fees, insurance, race materials, medical support, event planning, organization and execution, 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. 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!
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 – Fitness for our Town!
— 6500 Feet Fit
Gallery: Waldo Waldo 5k
— Team USA
A Thousand Waldos Run Inaugural 5K
— Runners World
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
More coming soon!