Big Bad Wolfe Run

Sun September 29, 2019 Columbus, OH US 43209 Directions

Please note: as of 11:16 AM on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, all events at the Big Bad Wolfe Run are SOLD OUT! There is no waitlist for any event, but bib exchange is possible through September 26th. Please follow the event page on Columbus Running Event Management's Facebook page to stay up to date with those who may not be able to attend for bib exchange.

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 29th 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.


Support United Way of Central Ohio!

This year's Big Bad Wolfe Run will be accepting donations to fight poverty in our community through United Way of Central Ohio. Founded in 1923, United Way of Central Ohio is one of the largest United Ways in the country, bringing together more than 80,000 donors, advocates and volunteers to become a powerful force for good. Registrants can donate to United Way of Central Ohio here, and also take things to the next level by signing up to do some additional fundraising and become a Hand Raiser.

Check out their 2017 campaign video below to learn how your donation dollars help your community.

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 hooded sweatshirt (not tech material) will be included as part of your registration fee. Register now to guarantee yourself some awesome swag!

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

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 28.

Early Packet Pickup

Race packets may be picked up early at Columbus Running Company's Dublin location (6465 Perimeter Dr) on Friday, September 27 (10AM-8PM) and Saturday, September 28 (10AM-6PM). You may also pick up your packets at the race beginning at 7:00 am on September 29.


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

The Big Bad Wolfe Run will have race day registration as long as spots are available. This event does cap at 500 registrants. There will be no waitlist.


Each of the 20 Mile, 10 Mile, and 5K races will be chip timed, and all finishers will receive an awesome medal (Kid's 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 55 minutes. Most notably, this means that participants in the 20-mile event must maintain a 14:54/mile pace. 

Race Contact Info

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

10 and 20-Mile Course Map

20-mile participants will do this out-and-back route twice and must start their second loop by 10:29 AM. All 20-mile participants arriving at the start of the second loop after this time will be directed to finish and receive a time in the 10-mile event.

105 Park Dr
Columbus, OH US 43209