Our beloved Wally Waddle 5K Walk/Run had to be cancelled this year for the first time in 11 years. April is a long month, with stay-at-home orders going at least until May 4th for many states. Many of us could use a walking or running goal to work toward.

With that in mind, we’re introducing the new Waddle: a simple virtual 5K that is full of summer camp spirit! Our community always pulls together—even from far away. We’ve set a goal of 150 participants. Please share the Waddle far and wide!

Wally Waddle Runners

The Process

Sign up for the virtual Waddle by making a $10 donation for each person registering through the secure Kindful platform. (The donations need not be separate; a whole family can register all at once.) All money raised will go for Camp WA WA scholarships.

We know times are tough for many families. If you want to participate in the virtual Waddle but can’t spare the $, please join in anyway! Just email Lisa Perks (lisa@smithpark.org) the number of people you want to register. She’ll get you all set up.

Run or walk a 5K (3.1 miles) any time from April 27 to May 4. (Please follow social distancing protocols.) To figure out a 5k route, you can use a fitness watch that tracks distance, use mapping software (such as Map My Run), mark out the distance in your car, or use a track (if it’s okay in your town) and do 12 laps + 160 meters (almost half a lap) to set up the distance.

On April 26th Lisa Perks will send you a brief survey to fill in to submit your best time and other (optional) things about you and your walk/run. (Feel free to register any time before May 4th and we’ll get you the survey.)

If you don’t like the first time you walk/run, do another 5K again before the May 4th deadline. Submit only your best time.

And if you or your child can’t do 3.1 miles in one go, break it up into manageable distances and add up your total time. Make it work for you.

In the meantime, just get outside and enjoy walking or running to prepare for the virtual Waddle!

Wally starting the kids race

Sponsors

Many thanks to our sponsors Adams Fairacre Farms and DSL Financial! Both have sponsored the Waddle for years, and we are grateful for the support.

Prizes

We have a team of volunteers making friendship bracelets as prizes. We’ll surprise prize-winners with a unique style and colors.

Results will be announced and bracelet prizes will be mailed to:

  • Age group winners: female, male, and non-binary
  • First time 5K walkers/runners
  • Walkers/runners who clock a personal record (their fastest time)
  • Fastest dog (or other animal)
  • Most creative description of how you felt during the run
  • Best picture of before/during/after the race
  • Competitor who lives the farthest from Camp WA WA Segowea (located in Southfield, MA)
picture of four friendship bracelets

Age Groups

  • 6 and under
  • 7 and 8
  • 9 and 10
  • 11-13
  • 14-16
  • 17-19
  • 20-24
  • 25-29
  • 30-34
  • 35-39
  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 50-54
  • 55-59
  • 60-64
  • 65-69
  • 70-74
  • 75-79
  • 80+
A final note: The race organizers are stretched thin these days. We’re trying to keep this as a simple event (no kids’ mile) that is on the honor system. We hope you can enjoy the spirit of the event even if it’s not perfect.

Please email Lisa Perks (lisa@smithpark.org) with any pressing questions.