frequently asked questions


Are there maps of the course?

Yes, you can find course maps here. The routes are tentative and subject to change.

Race Weekend

Is there gear check for this event?


Must I wear my race number?

Only people displaying a race number will be allowed in the starting area, served at water stations, receive an ornament and be allowed to partake in post-race food.

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?

Click here to view the Packet Pick-Up page.


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 the 5K and 2K events?

Of course! The 5K is a running or walking event. The 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, as long as this is indicated on your registration. Participants with strollers will be in the back of the corral 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?

Registration for this event typically opens in August.

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, and at the Help Desk on both event days.

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.

Will I be assigned a race number prior to the event?

No. Bib numbers will be assigned at Packet Pick-Up. 

Will I get a race shirt?

If you register before November 1, you are guaranteed a race shirt.

If you register after that date, shirts are not guaranteed. Children ages 5 and under will not receive a race shirt.

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+)

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 us if you'd like to volunteer.

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.

How do I become a sponsor?

Contact sponsor@fort4fitness.org, or visit the Sponsors page for more information.