The Waldo Waldo 5K Grand Finale
The 2018 Waldo Waldo 5K Grand Finale is the final year of the Waldo costume theme! If you have friends and family who have "always wanted to do it" let them know it's now or never! Come celebrate seven awesome years and let's make this the best one ever!!! Read more.
Thousands of Waldos and Wendas will take to the streets in downtown Colorado Springs, Saturday – October 20, 2018. 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!
The 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 the morning of the event.
A Good Cause
The money raised benefits local nonprofits that support Waldo Canyon restoration, disaster relief and fire recovery, and trails and open space maintenance in Colorado Springs and the surrounding community.
"This funding is hugely important, not only for the continued restoration of the burn scar, but the potential reopening of the beloved Waldo Canyon Trail." — RMFI
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(Psst: looking for something from last year? You can still find all the 2017 event info here.)
The 2018 Waldo Waldo 5K Grand Finale is the final year of the Waldo costume theme! If you have friends and family who have "always wanted to do it" let them know it's now or never!
Come celebrate seven awesome years and let's make this the best one ever!!!
Over the last 7 years, we've have fun, made an impact, and brought lots of silly people together! It's been outrageous and exciting every single year, seeing thousand of people all dressed in red and white, huge smiles on their faces!
We're so thankful that our event became a staple event in Colorado Springs, and for the continued support. We've worked countless hours, dedicated many late nights, and poured our hearts into this event. We strive to give each participant a great experience, and do our best to pay close attention to every detail. We are so thankful for Elope, our dedicated volunteers, supporters, friends and family that made it all possible. We're consistently humbled by the overwhelming love and support.
Over the past 7 year we've donated more than $200,000 to Waldo Canyon restoration and trails and open spaces in Colorado Springs. Things like willow saplings, hillslope stabilization, erosion control treatments, tools, volunteer education, and much, much more has been possible because of the Waldo Waldo 5K. A portion of Waldo Canyon is now open to the public – what a great feeling to know that we all played a part!
We're looking forward to creating new ways to support the community with accessible family friendly fun! We have fun new things planned, stay tuned for 2019 and beyond!
— Chelise Foster
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 $200,000 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.
Raising Money for a Good Cause
The 5K raises money to support natural disaster and fire recovery efforts, and trails and open space maintenance in Colorado Springs and the surrounding community. Money is granted 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!
- Bronze in the Gazette's Best of Colorado Springs 2017 in:
- Silver in the Gazette's Best of Colorado Springs 2016 in Best Fun Ways to Support Charity
- Listed at #5 in Active.com's Most Entertaining Fall 5Ks for 2015
- Silver in Best Fundraising Event in the CS Indy 2014 Best of Colorado Springs
- Bronze in the Gazette's Best of Colorado Springs 2015 in Fun Ways to Support Charity
- #1 on guff.com's list of Amazing Races Everyone Needs to Try
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 – 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