Running Wild 2020

The Running Wild 5K Run

The Running Wild 5K Run is professionally chip-timed with disposable chips on park wooded and open field trails, park roads, grass and gravel. The 3K Wacky Scavenger Hunt Walk is on similar, relatively flat surfaces. Proceeds benefit park facilities, programs and bus transportation to the parks for school programs.
Running Wild at St Patricks County Park

August 15, 2020


  • All registration will be online. No day-of registration at the park.
  • 5K will have a staggered start with a max of 25 participants beginning every 5 minutes.
  • 3K Walk has a separate, later start time.
  • There will be no after-run activities or awards ceremony. So registration fees have been reduced compared to last year.
  • Award winners will be contacted individually to pick up their prize at a later date.
  • We are not providing storage coolers for personal water bottles, nor refill stations. Bottled water will be provided at the end of the race.
  • New this year – A Virtual Option! Run at a time and place convenient for you, and track your own time.


Event includes awards for the top 3 finishers in each age category, disposable chip timers, nature medallions and optional t-shirts for pre-purchase (deadline August 9!) Dogs allowed on 6-ft leash for the walk only. Individuals or families with leashed dogs will begin at the back of the walk start. The event is organized by the St. Joseph County Parks Foundation, Friends of Bendix Woods and Spicer Lake and St. Joseph County Parks.


Event Location

St. Patrick’s County Park
50651 Laurel Road
South Bend, IN 46637

Thank You to our Sponsors

Event Times

  • Early packet pickup for 5K will take place on Friday, August 14 from 4:30-6 pm in the Pfeil Pavilion next to the Red Barn.
  • Packet pick up for 5K runners will be on Saturday, August 15: 8 am – 8:45 am in the Pfeil Pavilion next to the Red Barn.
  • 5K Run race time-9:00 am. 5K start time will be staggered every 5 minutes with a max of 25 participants in each heat; choose your start time when you register.
  • 3K Walk start time-11:30am.


  • On-line registration ends Thurs. Aug. 13, 11:59 pm EDT.
  • Mail-in registrations must be post-marked no later than Aug. 07.
  • See above for packet pick up dates and times..
  • **If you register after Aug. 09, you will not be able to order a T-shirt. Registration must be made by Aug. 09, 2020 for T-shirts to be guaranteed.**

Pre-Registration Fees

  • $15 - 5K Run/Walk
  • $12 - 5K Run/Walk 14yrs and Under
  • $15 – 5K Virtual Race/Challenge
  • $10 - 3K Walk individual registration
  • $30 - 3K Walk Wild Herd Discount for 3-4 participants of any age
Order Tee Shirts Separately for $11 $13 for XXL/XXXL (plus 7% sales tax)

Day-of Registration Fees

There is NO day of registration for the 5K Run or 3K Walk this year.

New Virtual 5K Race Challenge

The virtual option can be done from any location at any time during the open event dates of Aug 15th-29th. Simply run/walk or jog the 5K at your pace. Afterwards log your results on the RunSignUp website and receive your Running Wild participation medallion.

Race T-Shirts

** Pre-order your optional shirt when you register on line by August 09, 2020. We will NOT be ordering additional shirts for onsite purchase this year.
2020 t-shirts, 60/40 cotton blend
**To guarantee a shirt, you must order one when you register online by Aug. 09, 2020.**

Age Categories for 5K Run

14 years & younger, 15-19 years, 20-24 years, 25-29 years, 30-34 years, 35-39 years, 40-44 years, 45-49 years, 50-54 years, 55-59 years, 60-64 years, 65-69 years, 70-74 years, 75+ years.

Awards & Giveaways

The top three male and female runners in each age category, the top Overall male and female and the top Overall male and female Masters category (50 yrs +), will receive a custom “2020 Running Wild” medal and Bendix Woods County Park maple syrup. Award winners will be contacted individually to pick up their prize at a later date. Awards will be given to onsite participants only.

All participants will receive a handcrafted, collectible Running Wild participation medal. Virtual participants can arrange to pick theirs up during St. Patrick's County Park office hours beginning August 17 through September 4th.

Event Timing

Running Wild 5K timing provided by Mac's Sports Timing. Go to Running Wild for results. The 3K Wacky Nature Scavenger Hunt is un-timed.


Contact the Leisure Services Manager Jamie Hartzke at 574-277-4828, or email.