Big Bad Wolfe Run

Sat September 26 - Sun October 11 Columbus, OH 43209 US RaceJoy Ready

As of July 8, 2020, the 2020 Big Bad Wolfe Run is now a virtual event

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a desire to keep all participants, volunteers, staff, vendors, and spectators safe, the Big Bad Wolfe Run will be a virtual run/walk event this year.

A virtual run/walk means that all registered participants will still receive their hoodie, medal, and custom race bib. Shipping costs will be covered with your initial registration payment, no additional costs will be required. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to run or walk the Big Bad Wolfe Run during a two-week period starting on September 26. A virtual event further means that unfortunately, we will not have race timing or any of the great in-person event festivities we typically enjoy. However, runners and walkers will still be able to connect in many other ways. Everyone will be encouraged to participate wherever they would like (running or walking on bike paths, in neighborhoods, wherever running and walking is safely permitted at the time) and will furthermore be encouraged to submit their times (details would be sent prior to the event start) and post photos across social media outlets. 

Should you be registered and decide that you are no longer interested in participating as the event approaches, refunds of registration fees can be provided minus processing fees associated with the transaction.

Read below for more information on this year’s virtual event.


About this Virtual Race

Whether you're getting ready for that Fall virtual full or half marathon or looking to test your summer training in a 5K, the Big Bad Wolfe Run is for you. We have race options of 5K, 10 miles, and 20 miles. Join us September 26th through October 11th for the Big Bad Wolfe Run. The 2020 Big Bad Wolfe Run will be a virtual run, you can participate in your chosen distance anywhere you like!

By signing up, you'll get a Big Bad Wolfe lifestyle hooded zip-up sweatshirt, medals for everyone, and a chance to put all that summer training to good use. Band together virtually with the rest of the villagers and come run with us! 

As you take part in the Big Bad Wolfe Run, you'll be joining in the tradition of keeping the big bad wolf at bay. Just as the folks of Central Ohio have done for generations, kick off your Fall by wearing red and hitting the paths in memory of Little Red.

Kids Run registrants will receive a Big Bad Wolfe Run ribbon!


Additional Race Information

The Big Bad Wolfe Run?

The Big Bad Wolfe Run pays tribute to one of the legends of central Ohio, Little Red.  For the full story, please be sure to read up on the legend of Little Red here.  


A lifestyle zip-up hooded sweatshirt (not tech material) will be included as part of your registration fee. Register now to guarantee yourself some awesome swag! We're back working with a local vendor in 2020 to ensure that your hoodie will be here for you ON TIME! 

All 20 Miler, 10 Miler, and 5K registrants will receive a sweet Big Bad Wolfe Run medal. All Kid's Run participants will receive a ribbon.

Need to switch your event after you've registered?

You can do that! Whether you want to jump up or down in distance, it's important to be sure you're registered for the proper event you'll do on race day. Simply follow the instructions here and you'll be all set! Please note: this event transfer service is available through 11:59 pm on October 11.

Early Packet Pickup

Race packets may be picked up early at Columbus Running Company's Dublin location (6465 Perimeter Dr) on Thursday, September 24 (10 AM - 8 PM), Friday, September 25 (10 AM - 8 PM), Saturday, September 26 (10 AM - 6 PM), and Sunday, September 27 (12 PM - 4 PM). Any packets not picked up during the early packet pickup dates will be mailed out on Monday, September 28 to the address provided in your registration (here's how to edit that information if necessary).

Create a Team

Have fun with a group and participate as a team. Each team member must individually pre-register under their team name. The first person signing up for a team will create the team during the registration process and all others signing up for that team will select their team name during their registration. For help with team registration and/or creation, please view the help topic by clicking here.

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.


Available for Apple and Android devices.

Interactive Race Day Experience with RaceJoy

Live Phone Tracking, GPS Progress Alerts and Cheers!

We are providing you with RaceJoy as part of the official race experience for the Big Bad Wolfe Run.

Download the RaceJoy mobile app in advance to ensure proper phone setup. Invite your friends and family to track you and send you cheers!

Some key RaceJoy features include:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive continual progress updates as you complete your goal.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Remote spectators can track your progress live in a map view. You can also track others.


  • Receive supportive audio cheers from remote friends & family.

Virtual Results (virtual events only)

  • Enter your race-assigned bib number to automatically submit your finish data for real-time scored results.
To use RaceJoy, you must carry your phone and activate tracking on the day you complete your race.
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