Join Us For the Third 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.
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, so register 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.
World Record Attempt
The world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as Waldo is just 3,872. We had more than 2,700 last year – so invite your friends and let's try to break the world record this year!
Sunday, October 26, 2014
In America the Beautiful Park
8:00 a.m. – Event opens (day of event registration begins, ends at 9:30.)
8:30–9:30 a.m. – Warm up with some amazing yoga provided by Cambio Yoga! Or check out the exhibitors and grab some grub from the local food trucks.
10:00 a.m. – Word Record photo, don't be late!
10:30 a.m. – First running wave begins.
The route is a 5K loop on the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail north of the America the Beautiful Park. Check out the route map at the bottom of the page!
The morning of the event can be busy – skip the lines and pick up your costume or register in person the week before the event!
4304 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Monday, October 20th through Friday, October 24th
2:00 to 7:00 p.m.
We will have costumes for you to try on before you pick up your costume as the costume run a little small and we want to make sure yours will fit.
Parking & More Info
Parking is VERY limited at America the Beautiful Park. 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: 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, and know that more of your registration fee will go to the beneficiaries!
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 $75,000 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!
Photos coming soon!
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!