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Big Bad Wolfe Run

Sun September 22, 2024 Directions RaceJoy Ready


20 Mile Run

$75 8:00AM EDT Registration ends September 21, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT

10 Mile Run/Walk

$70 8:00AM EDT Registration ends September 21, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT

5K Run/Walk

$60 8:10AM EDT Registration ends September 21, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT

Kids Run - approx. 200 meters

$5 7:45AM EDT
Sorry! This event is full. Registration ends September 21, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT
Open to ages 13 and under.


Race Start Times:

  • 7:45a Kids Run
  • 8:00a 20M/10M
  • 8:10a 5K

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 22nd 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.

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.  

The Big Bad Wolfe Run is part of the 2024 RUNColumbus Race Series. For more information, click 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! Here are some 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. Prefer to look at maps with some motion in them? We've got you covered for the 5K, 10-mile, and 20-mile events.

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 21. If you need to switch on race day, we only allow dropping down in distance and you must do this by communicating with either our check-in team pre-race or our timing team all day.

Early Packet Pickup

Race packets may be picked up early at Columbus Running Company's Dublin location (6465 Perimeter Dr) on Friday, September 20 (10AM-8PM) and Saturday, September 21 (10AM-6PM). Participants may also pick up their packets at the race beginning at 7:00 am on September 22.


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). We strongly recommend arriving at least 45 minutes prior to your race's scheduled start time to allow enough time to find parking, get your materials, use the restroom, etc.

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 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 57 minutes. Most notably, this means that participants in the 20-mile event must maintain a 14:53/mile pace. We match the maximum allowable pace that the Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon maintains.

Race Contact Info

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


Wolfe Park, Columbus, Ohio

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