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Pufferbelly 5k Fundraising Race For Trails – August 12, 2017

What: Pufferbelly 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Kids Fun Run

Where: Parkview YMCA, 10001 Dawson’s Creek Boulevard

When: August 12th, Kids Fun Run at 8am, Pufferbelly 5k at 8:30am

Runners, walkers, and baby strollers, grown-ups, grandparents and kids, are all welcome at Fort Wayne Trails’ 8th annual Pufferbelly 5K Run/Walk on August 12th. The event takes place at Parkview YMCA, located at 10001 Dawson’s Creek Blvd, near Salomon Farm Park and includes a 5k race and 1-mile kids’ fun run, along with games, live music, pony rides, and more. This event is designed to highlight the Pufferbelly Trail, Allen County’s portion of what will be a four-county, 80-mile trail, connecting Pokagon State Park and Ouabache State Park. It’s a conversion of a historic railroad line and the name is a nod to the steam engines that once roared through the area.

Proceeds from this event will benefit Fort Wayne Trails and our mission to act as a community partner and advocate in the development of a connected multipurpose trail system in Allen County.

The Kids’ Fun Run will begin at 8:00 am and the 5k will start at 8:30 am. On-site registration and packet pick-up will take place at the YMCA on Friday, August 11 th from 5 to 7 PM or on race day from 7 to 8 AM. Timing chips will be used to ensure accurate times are kept for all runners and prizes will be given to winners in various categories.

This is a great event with lots of activities including:

  • Free access to the YMCA’s water facilities for all participants on the day of the event
  • Music, Kids activities
  • Photo gallery of the Pufferbelly Project and future trail plans
  • Great door prizes, including a bicycle, donated by Summit City Bicycles and Fitness!

The Pufferbelly 5k Run/Walk and 1 Mile Kids’ Fun Run is sponsored by Lutheran Health Network/RediMed, Fort Wayne Tin Caps, Parkview Heart Institute, NIPSCO, AEP/I&M, YMCA, and LaBov.

Registration can be completed online at, or with a printed registration form available at the Parkview YMCA and Fort Wayne Trails Office. A team challenge is also available this year. A minimum of 5 participants per team is required and includes a VIP packet pick-up line, photo opportunity, a special Fort Wayne Trails team goodie, and prizes for the team with the most participants. For more information, please visit our website at