Big Bad Wolfe Run

Sun September 26, 2021 Directions

20 Mile Run - IN-PERSON

$70 09/26 8:00AM EDT Registration ends September 25, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT

10 Mile Run/Walk - IN-PERSON

$60 09/26 8:00AM EDT Registration ends September 25, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT

5K Run/Walk - IN-PERSON

$50 09/26 8:10AM EDT Registration ends September 25, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT

Kids Run - approx. 100 meters - IN-PERSON

$0 09/26 7:45AM EDT
20 spots left. Registration ends September 25, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT

20 Mile Run/Walk - VIRTUAL

$50 Registration ends September 25, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT

10 Mile Run/Walk - VIRTUAL

$50 Registration ends September 25, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT

5K Run/Walk - VIRTUAL

$50 Registration ends September 25, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT

About this Race

Whether you're getting ready for that Fall 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 on September 26th for something great, the Big Bad Wolfe Run. This race is all on the paved asphalt Alum Creek Trail, it is not a trail run.

We're going to deliver great swag, finisher medals for everyone, and a fun time. You're going to deliver the memories. Band together 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.

2021 Event Option and Status

The 2021 plan for the Big Bad Wolfe Run is to host both an in-person event at Wolfe Park and a virtual event for those who aren't able or choose not to attend the in-person event. If our event has not been granted final approval to proceed in-person by the appropriate permitting entities as of August 9, 2021, all events will be transitioned to virtual. At that time, any changes and all details will be emailed, posted on social media, and posted on the race website.

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! The hoodie color will be revealed in mid-summer. Here are past hoodie designs.

All 20 Miler, 10 Miler, and 5K finishers will receive a sweet Big Bad Wolfe Run finisher medal. All Kids Run participants will receive a ribbon.

In-person participant caps

We comply with all safety regulations set forth by the City of Columbus. The total number of registrants combined (20M, 10M, 5K) for the in-person event will not exceed 500, and within that limit, we cap the 5K at 100 registrants. Our Kids Run is capped at 25 registrants.

Course details

Want to know where the aid stations are? Restrooms? Check out our full-featured map that shows everything along the course.

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 for both safety and awards purposes 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 11:59pm on September 25.

Early Packet Pickup (in-person events only)

Race packets may be picked up early at Columbus Running Company's Dublin location (6465 Perimeter Dr) on Friday, September 24 (10AM-8PM) and Saturday, September 25 (10AM-6PM). You may also pick up your packets at the race beginning at 7:00 am on September 26.

Gear shipping (virtual events only)

All virtual participants registered by September 22 will have their gear shipped on September 23. All virtual participants registering on or after September 23 will have their gear shipped on Monday, September 27. Virtual race participants cannot utilize early packet pickup, your gear will be shipped to you at the address you provide during registration.


There is parking at Wolfe Park, across Broad St at St Charles Preparatory School, and a bit south at Academy Park. For additional parking information, please view the parking map (subject to change, final details will be provided during race week).

Race Day Registration

There is no race day registration and there will be no waitlist. Race day packet pickup is available for those who cannot make the early packet pickup and will begin near the start line at 7 AM.


Each of the in-person 20 Mile, 10 Mile, and 5K races will be chip timed, and all finishers will receive an awesome medal (Kids Run participants will receive a ribbon) to honor their accomplishment. Top finishers and age group winners in each event will receive special awards and recognition.

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.

Participant Guidelines

Running with a stroller is absolutely fine. At the race start, please line up at the back of the pack for safety reasons. Running with dogs is prohibited: as is bicycling, inline skating, scooters, hoverboards, etc. Walking and running only in this event. 

What time does the course close?

The course will remain open for all events for 4 hours and 35 minutes. Most notably, this means that participants in the 20-mile event must maintain a 13:44/mile pace. We match the maximum allowable pace that the Nationwide Children's Columbus Marathon maintains.

Race Contact Info

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


In-Person: Wolfe Park, Columbus, Ohio
Virtual: Anywhere you are!

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