frequently asked questions


Are there maps of the course?

Yes, you can find course maps here. The routes are tentative and subject to change at any time for any reason.

Race Weekend

Is there gear check for this event?


Must I wear my race number?

Yes, please make sure your race number is always visible from the front.  People will not be allowed in the starting area, served at water stations, receive an ornament or be allowed to partake in post-race food unless they are displaying a race number.

What will the weather be like on race day?

The normal high in mid-November in Fort Wayne, Indiana is 52 degrees with a normal low being 36 degrees. Please dress accordingly.

When and where is Winter Wonder Dash Packet Pick-Up?

Friday, November 22nd from 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Pavilion #1 at Franke Park for both 5K and 2K.
Saturday, November 23rd from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM at Pavilion #1 at Franke Park for 5K only.
Sunday, November 24th from 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM at Pavilion #1 at Franke Park for 2K only.

Where can I park?

For those parking in the lot south of Foellinger and north of Goshen Road, there will be a shuttle to/from the Start/Finish from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM on Saturday for the 5K.  There will be no participant parking in front of Pavilion #1 (the Packet Pick-Up pavilion) on Saturday and Sunday due to the start line area.  Carpooling is encouraged.

Please see the parking page for a parking map.


Are there refunds?

No. Entry fees are non-refundable.

Are wheelchairs welcome?

Yes. Please note that there are portions of the route that are gravel.

Can I let someone else participate wearing my race number?

No.  For insurance and liability purposes we do not allow anyone who is not properly registered to run in our event.

Can I participate in both events?

Of course! The Saturday 5K is a running or walking event. The Sunday 2K is a walking event. Registrants can participate in both days but will need to be registered for them separately. There is no discount for participating in both distances.

Can I push a stroller?

Yes, but they must be pre-registered. Participants with strollers will be in the back of the coral for your safety and the safety of others. Please note that there are portions of the route that are gravel.

How do I register for Winter Wonder Dash?

On our website (on a desktop computer), click the orange "Get Registered" button on the top right hand corner of the homepage.

On a mobile device, tap the Menu button and click the orange "Get Registered" tab.

How late can I register for Winter Wonder Dash?

Online registration closes the Wednesday before the event at 11:59 PM. On-site registration will be available during Packet Pick-Up at the Help Desk on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

I’ve changed my mind about pushing a stroller. What should I do?

If you registered to push a stroller and have changed your mind, that’s perfectly fine. Just show up on race day without the stroller.

If you would like to “add” a stroller, please visit the Help Desk during Packet Pick-Up.

When will I be sent my bib confirmation email to take to packet pick-up?

The bib confirmation email will be sent from our registration company to each registered participant on Monday and Tuesday of race week.  Please be checking your email for this and if you do not see it, check your spam folder.  If you still do not see a bib confirmation email, please come to the Help Desk located at Packet Pick-Up.

You may pick up another participant’s packet if you bring a copy of their bib confirmation email with you (or have it on your smartphone).

Will I receive a registration confirmation?

Yes. If you register online, you should receive a confirmation email shortly after completing the registration process. If you don't see a confirmation right away, check your spam folder.

If you didn’t provide an email address during the registration process, you will not receive a confirmation or any emails with information or updates about the event. Contact us with any further registration questions.


Are there awards?

There are awards for the 5K race, but not the 2K.

5K awards will be given for the following:

Overall Open 1st, 2nd, 3rd - Male and Female
Overall 1st, 2nd, 3rd - Kids 14 and Under - Male and Female
Overall 1st, 2nd, 3rd - Male and Female Overall Masters (40+)
1st, 2nd, 3rd Male and Female for the following age divisions:  4U, 5-9, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74 and 75-84, 85+

Awards WILL NOT be presented AT the event. Awards will be published online and winners notified following the 5K. The physical awards will be available for pick-up or mail out at that time.

Are there other ways to get involved?

Yes!  Please contact info@Fort4Fitness.org. If you’d like to volunteer, please click here to view days, times and available positions.

Can I wear headphones during the race?

At times race officials may need to relay important instructions for participants to hear, so we STRONGLY recommend not using headphones, but we will not be officially prohibiting their use. Please exercise caution and remain alert to your surroundings if you choose to wear headphones. Also, promptly remove your headphones if race officials (e.g. course marshals, police, etc.) are communicating information.

Is there seeding? If so, how do I get seeded?

No, we do not offer any special seeding option. Corral assignments are based upon the information (anticipated finish time) provided by the participant at the time of registration. If due to your training you would like to adjust your anticipated finish time, please contact info@Fort4Fitness.org.