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The Donut Make Me Run 0.5K – A Race for Those of Us Who Don’t Run!

Have you ever thought about running a marathon, but the idea was just too much effort for you? Have you dreamed of wearing that amazing racing bib, being applauded by fans, and gaining the coveted winner’s medal, but you just can’t get into the mood to train? Well then grab a group of your closest underachievers, couch potatoes, might-have-beens, or derelict friends and family members and sign up to be in the Three Rivers Festival’s first run for those of us who do not run!

The Donut Make Me Run is a 0.5k (short distance - just long enough for a good stroll) race to which you can run, walk, skip, hop, or dance to the finish line - we really don’t care how you get there as long as you do! The “Run” will start at the Old Fort, cross the bridge to Headwaters Park, take the sidewalk around to Clinton Street and finish at the Festival Plaza, where each “Runner” will get an fantastic medal, amazing race decal for your car- so that you can finally brag to people that you finished a race, a towel to mop off all the sweat your produced “running”, a stadium cup, and a ticket for a free drink from the bar (soda only for those kids brave enough to enter this run) to fill said stadium cup!

If the thought of “running” a 0.5k around Headwaters Park instills fear of exercise and sweat into your heart, do not worry, we will have a rest stop half way through the course that will fuel you with coffee, donuts, and a soft patch of grass for you to regain your energy to finish the race!

If the rest stop is still not enough to get over your anxiety about running or give you the effort to miss your next Netflix and Chill binge marathon on the couch, then we have another option for you! For an additional $10.00 you can get VIP status! VIP “runners’ will have a shorter course to the festival plaza with a VIP Only rest stop along the way and an extra drink ticket. VIP members will be able to show off their special status to other racers by the fancy sticker we will put on your chest!

As much as we love to get our community members together for a good time, there is a much better purpose for this prestigious run… charity!  Proceeds from the run will not only help support the Three Rivers Festival, but a portion of the proceeds will be donated to two great organizations in Fort Wayne: Historic Fort Wayne (old fort) and the Sexual Assault Treatment Center. Come show your support by “running” for these great causes! This is a great way to show-off your skills and let everyone in Fort Wayne know that you too can be a racer!

The Nitty-Gritty Details:

Date: Saturday, July 18, 2020

Time: Registration 8-9:30 am; Run starts at 10 am.

Who: You, your friends, your family, your kids, your co-workers, “athletes,” etc.

Registration Fee: The fee for each runner is $30.00; $40.00 for VIP runners

Online Registration Deadline: June 15, 2020. 

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Additional Runners

Additional runners will need to sign a waiver the day of the race at check in. Any children participating in the race will need to have a parent signature on the waiver.

Registration Options

All runners who register by June 15, 2020 will receive a DONUT Make Me Run swag bag! Each swag bag will include for your bragging rights:  a  commemorative string backpack, stadium cup, oval car sticker, drink ticket and a rally towel. 
VIP runners will receive an additional drink ticket, a VIP Only rest stop, fancy sticker, and a race short cut.
Do you want a T-shirt to show off your accomplishment of participating in a run? If so, purchase your Donut Make Me Run shirt below. Shirts are $20.00 each and made of soft ringspung cotton! You can pick up your t-shirt the day of the race with your swag bag! Shirts will not be sold on the day of the run, so make sure to pre-order your shirts here!

Important Race Course Information


Waiver of Liability

In consideration of the acceptance of this application, the above named organization, as an inducement to such acceptance, agrees for itself and its officers, employees, agents, successors, and assigns, to indemnify and hold Three Rivers Festival Executive Board, Inc., its board members, officers, employees, agents, sponsors, successors and assigns, harmless of and from any and all liability, claims, actions, demands, damages and expenses including, without limitations, reasonable attorney fees incurred by or on behalf of any of them, arising out of injury (including death) or damage of any kind, to property or persons (including any member of the above named organization) in any way connected with the above named organization’s participation in the Festival.

Parent/Guardian Waiver: I know that running a race is potentially hazardous and that my child(ren)shouldn’t enter a walk/run unless my child(ren) are medically able. I agree to abide by any decisions of race officials relative to my child(ren) ability to safely complete the walk/run. I assume all risks associated with participation in this event including, but not limited to, falls, contact with others, weather effects, including heat and/or humidity, traffic and the conditions of the road, all such risks being known and appreciated by me. For my safety I understand that bicycles, skateboards, roller skates/blades, animals and radio headsets are not allowed in the race and I will abide by this guideline. Having read this waiver and knowing these facts and with acceptance of my child(ren) entry, I, for myself and anyone entitled to act on my behalf, waive and release Three Rivers Festival Executive Board, Historic Fort Wayne, and all of their representatives and successors from any and all claims or liabilities of any kind arising out of my participation in this event though that liability may arise out of negligence or carelessness of the persons named in this waiver.

Parents Please Sign Below
Acknowledgement & Acceptance of Waiver of Liability *