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Fort Wayne Trails will act as a community partner and advocate in the development of a connected, multi-purpose system of trails in Allen County.


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Pufferbelly 5k



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2018 Pufferbelly 5k Race and Kids' One-Mile Fun Run

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Maple Creek Middle School

425 Union Chapel Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46845

Put your feet to the pavement, and help to develop trails throughout our community!

The proceeds from this event will be used for trail development activities, including converting the old Fort Jackson and Saginaw Railroad into the Pufferbelly Trail, a paved recreational path.  When completed, it will link downtown Fort Wayne north to Pokagon State Park in Angola and south to Ouabache State Park in Bluffton. It will be the spine of a regional trails system that will provide endless health and recreational opportunities for residents and visitors to the Fort Wayne area.

The 1 Mile Kids' Fun Run starts at 8 AM, and the 5k Run and Walk starts at 8:30 AM.

Register online at https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=129352

Here's this year's route map. 

Follow this linkto register for the Pufferbelly Races. You may also register on site during packet pickup on Friday, August 11th from 5 to 7 PM or Saturday, August 12th from 7 to 8 AM.

Location and Parking

Maple Creek Middle School

425 Union Chapel Road

Fort Wayne, IN 46845

The race will start and finish at Maple Creek Middle School located on the north side of Union Chapel Road between Corbin and Coldwater road.Follow the signs and parking assistants for directions on where to park.

Important Information

  • Race day registration begins August 11, 2018 from 7am to 8am.
  • All pre-registered participants must check-in at the registration table in the lobby of Maple Creek Middle School to pick-up their packet on Friday, August 10th from 5 to 7 PM or on race day from 7 to 8 AM.
  • T-shirts will be given to all 5K participants who pre-register by July 13, 2018. No t-shirts will be available after that date. Performance shirts are available (in lieu of t-shirt) for an additional $10.00.
  • Timing chips will be used to ensure accurate times for all runners.
  • Awards will be given out at the completion of the 5K Run/Walk.
  • All pre-registered participants in the Kids' Fun Run will receive a participation award. Limited quantities will be available to all others on the day of the event.
  • All participants will be given free access to the Parkview YMCA (including the pool and splash pad) all day on race day.
  • Music, refreshments, and kids games.
  • Dogs, in-line skates, skateboards, and electronic devices are not allowed on the running course. Strollers are allowed for the 5k participants.
  • Participants in the 5K will be eligible for door prizes.

Team Registrations

Coworkers, charities, and groups of friends can register as a team! Teams will get a few added perks:

  • The team with the highest number of participants will receive a plaque
  • A VIP line at packet pickup will be dedicated to teams, speeding up the packet pickup process
  • Team members will receive an extra goodie (minimum of 5 team members in order to receive the extra goodie)
  • Group photo opportunity (hi-res photo will be emailed to the team's participants)

To register a team:

  • Decide on your group name. For example, you could put XYZ Corp or Smith Family
  • Register your teammates through online registration or paper forms. Under "Team Challenge", put your team name.
  • If some or all of your teammates have already registered, contact [email protected] with the names of the registered runners and the team name to have them reassigned to your group.

If you have any questions, contact [email protected] for more information.

Photos from the 2017 race are available on the Fort Wayne Trails Facebook page.

What is the Pufferbelly Trail?

The Pufferbelly Trail is a rails-to-trails paved multipurpose trail that extends from the Martin Luther King Bridge at Headwaters Park, in downtown Fort Wayne, north to the Life Bridge Church Trailhead, at Union Chapel and Corbin Roads. 

When complete, it will extend north to the Dekalb County line. The Pufferbelly is part of a regional Trail that is called the Poka-Bache Connector. When complete, it will extend 81 miles from Pokagon State Park, through Angola, Waterloo, Auburn, Huntertown, Fort Wayne, Ossian to Bluffton and Ouabache State Park. 

In Allen County, the route will follow the Pufferbelly Trail, St. Marys Pathway, and the Poka-bache Connector south, as it travels through Waynedale, and on to the Wells County line.