FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Registration is still open for the the sixth annual Pufferbelly 5k Family Run/Walk Saturday, to help extend the regional Pufferbelly Trail.
The race, which has drawn thousands of people over the years, will include a one mile Kids’ Fun Run, games, live music, pony rides and food.
Named after steam engines, the Pufferbelly Trail is a rails to trails project and was converted from an old rail road line into the trail. This race benefits the trail project. It’s currently nine miles long, going from downtown to the Allen County line, cutting through the Salmon Farm Park and the Parkview YMCA on Dupont Road. The trail will eventually be 80 miles long, continuing through Glenbrook and Headwaters Park, south through Wabash State Park and north to Pokagon State Park near Angola to Ouabache State Park in Bluffton.
“Trails are a way to provide recreation for people who live in areas that you have to get everywhere by car. It’s a safe way for kids to commute to school, if they want to actually walk instead of having to take a bus. We all know that buses aren’t providing quite as much service as they used to. It is a way to meet your neighbors, it’s a way to do that ten pounds that you always intended to lose, but it’s also a way to see nature and being outdoors can be a relaxing thing and all of us have such stressful lives,” said Angie Quinn, an organizer for the Pufferbelly Trail walk/run.
The race is Saturday, August 8. Click here to register now and for more information. Pre-registered participants can pick up their packets August 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Parkview YMCA. Race day registration begins at 7 a.m. at the Parkview YMCA, located at 10001 Dawson’s Creek Blvd. The Kids’ Fun Run is at 8 a.m. and the 5k begins at 8:30 a.m.
Registration for adults is $25 and $15 for youth. Kids can take part in the Kids Fun Run for $5.