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General

Location & Parking

The event is taking place in Wilden’s backcountry. This year’s event hub is located at the new Wilden Presentation Centre in the Hidden Hills neighbourhood. Simply drive up Union Rd. towards the north end all the way, and you will see the event flags. There is limited parking onsite which will be firstcome, firstserve. We encourage everyone to carpool as much as possible

Washrooms

Two portable toilets will be available near the start/finish area for your convenience.

Waste Reduction & Water Stations

We’d like to keep our trails and backcountry waste free and limit the amount of waste we produce at this event. Only a limited number of paper cups will be available. We encourage everyone to bring their own water bottle or hydration backpack to stay hydrated while on the trails and at the event.

One water station will be located on the course, another one will be at the start/finish line. 

Cause

All the proceeds and donations from this event go towards the Blenk Family Fund for Youth Mental Health. This fund supports the Foundry Kelowna and as well as research and education in youth suicide prevention.

Photography & Videography

The team from Kodiak BC will be on site to capture fun memories from all angles – drones will capture some amazing shots from above. Event pictures will be available for download on this website after the event when ready. The event recap video will be shared via Wilden’s social media channels.

Run Details

Registration

Once registration opens, you can sign up for one of the 3 courses online through RaceRoster until Wednesday, September 18th 2024 at midnight. If you have trouble registering online please contact us through this page.

We have 3 price tiers:

  • Early Bird Special from May 18 – July 31, 2024
  • 2nd Tier Fees from August 1 – 31, 2024
  • 3rd Tier Fees from September 1 – 18, 2024

PLEASE NOTE: No refunds once you’ve registered. NO registration at package pick up or on event day.

Timing

The 10km, 5km, and 5km Dog Run are chip-timed. A mass start will kick off each event, meaning the timing starts simultaneously for all participants and stops when you cross the finish line. It’s important to arrive on time for your scheduled run to ensure the accuracy of your time.

Please take care not to misplace your timing chip and remember to return it after completing your run. In the event of a lost chip, a replacement will be necessary, and a fee of $75 will be charged for its replacement.

The 5km walk with or without your dog as well as the 1km kid’s run will not be timed.

Race Swag & Package Pick-up

With your registration for the 5km or 10km distance you will receive a Wild One Run drawstring backpack.

Race package pickup including your bib number, timing chip and race swag can be done the day before (time & location tba) or on site before your event. Please ensure to arrive early enough if you pick up your package on-site with us – we recommend arriving about 30 minutes before your scheduled run/walk. Give yourself enough time to find parking and to get warmed up.

PLEASE NOTE THAT REGISTRATION IS NOT TRANSFERABLE!

The Courses

Three distances to choose from with something for everyone, from youngster to furry friends.

  • 1km Kid’s Run
  • 5km Run/Walk, option to join the separate dog run division
  • 10km Run

Please note that distances are approximate and terrain may be challenging. Please come prepared with good trail shoes.

Dog Runners

We have one dog run on the 5km course. Dog handlers please make sure to have your dog on leash and under control at all times for the safety of other runners, attendees and dogs. 

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Awards & Prizes

Every child completing the 1K kids course will be awarded with a Wild One ribbon to proudly wear and pin on their shirt.

In the 5km and 10km run we will always award the top three male and female finishers. The top 3 dogs will be recognized for their accomplishment as well.

Race Etiquette

  • No pacing: People not registered may not accompany registered runners throughout the course for insurance and liability reasons.
  • Dogs only allowed on leash for the 5K dog run, starting at a separate time than the regular 5K run.
  • No littering on or off the course. If we see a runner leave garbage behind that runner will be disqualified and banned from the race.
  • No short cuts.
  • Slower runners please yield the trail for other runners to pass.
  • Stay to your right when the trail is wide enough to allow faster runners to easily pass and to make room in those section where you have oncoming traffic.
  • Drop out: If you wish to drop out of the race you must do so at an aid station or with a volunteer stationed on the course so we can remove your bib number.

Your Gear

Please keep in mind that the terrain may be challenging. Be prepared for loose footing and uneven ground. Please come prepared with good trail shoes and a water bottle/hydration backpack if you need water throughout the course. Audio equipment of any type is not recommended in order to be fully aware of your surroundings. If you choose to run with headphones, we ask you to only wear it in one ear. 

Spectators

Make some noise for the runners crossing the finish line. We encourage family and/or friends who are coming to cheer you on to bring a lawn or camping chair. Spectators are also welcome to bring noisemakers to cheer on all runners.