Wild Things, An Awesomesauce Event

Ocala Greenway Baseline Trailhead
Ocala, FL 34472

Running > 10k, 5k, Half Marathon, Marathon

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Event Description

"Inside all of us is hope, fear, and adventure. Inside all of us is a wild thing."
- Where The Wild Things Are

PLEASE read all the race info before deciding to sign up! We are unapologetically unconventional, so if you're looking for a "typical" race - this isn't it!!

Grab your most fun-loving friends and join us for food, fun, friendship, and a little running or walking through the park. With distances up to 50 miles in a low key, laid back atmosphere, with amazing support from our crew, there's something for everyone to enjoy!

There is a 16 hour time limit for all distances. Yes, you read that right, 16 hours. We don't care if you're fast or if you're slow, we just care that you have a good time! Our races are about fun and non-competitive; we'd prefer to race you vs. you. Feel free to run, walk, or prance your way from start to finish; there is no running police here! 

Your registration fee includes entry into the race distance of your choosing, race swag, and finisher medal for all distances. 

We'll have our usual aid station setup including Gatorade, water, energy gels, salty snacks, sugary candy of all kinds, and fun treats! Because we've got some long ultra distances involved, heartier food options will be available throughout the day, including peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, BACON, soups, pizza, grilled cheese, sodas, all kinds of crazy stuff!

Your entry fee also gets you access to our award-winning crew that will not only ring cowbells but give out high fives and provide unparalleled support. Whether you need a blister drained and taped up or an encouraging hug or some tough love, the heart of any Awesomesauce operation is our race director and staff. This is a great race to nab that distance PR you've always wanted, with a supportive and fun atmosphere that will help you enjoy every mile!

The course is a paved 5K loop on the Ocala Greenway. (Depending on the weather, we might make a shorter loop, to give you more passes by the aid station, but at this point, we're planning to use the marked 5K loop.) It's pretty flat, wide, there's some shady spots, there's some not so shady spots. You will pass the start/finish/aid station area multiple times throughout the race. Wait - what?! We are running in loops? Yep! The beauty of a looped course means that no runners is ever alone; everyone gets to party together! This also means you're welcome to leave a drop bag to access your own personal goodies, you can reapply sunscreen, address any potential issues such as blisters, etc. Due to the nature of this event, there is a strict cap of runners, so we recommend registering EARLY.

Awesomesauce Events produces low-key, laid-back running events that are focused more about camaraderie instead of competition. Our courses are not certified and not Boston qualifiers, but they are measured accurately and are USATF sanctioned. You won't find mid-race splits or mile markers or bands on every corner or an army of volunteers with their arms outstretched holding drinks just for you. There are plenty of races that are more serious, and we choose to run for fun. We do time our races and the results are posted online, but you will not be timed to the millisecond by chip timing equipment. If these things are important to you, we welcome you to search out other race companies. Our races are more like having a picnic with your friends with some running or walking thrown in for fun. We welcome fun-loving, laid-back, family atmosphere type people who are more worried about having a good time over running absolutely as fast as they can. As with any other race put on by any other company, registration fees and add-on fees are final and are not refundable or transferable for any reason. Prices are subject to change. The races will go on rain or shine. (We reserve the right to cancel, delay, or pause mid-race if there are dangerous weather conditions, including lightning or high winds.)

We recommend visiting our website to learn more about us, about how we operate, and find out what to expect!

2022 COVID information: It seems like in 2021, we'd get going on putting on a race, and COVID-19 would throw a new curveball our way. There have been a LOT of ups and downs. Awesomesauce is a company that we affectionately say is "just a girl in her garage." We are beyond lucky to have amazing help in Ocala to make these races happen, but the fact of the matter is, it is expensive to put on any race. Permit fees, insurance, travel costs, swag, food and drinks, first aid supplies, race bibs, right down to things like safety pins and pens to write down finish times; it's all purchased using your registration fees. We are not big enough to have sponsors to offset costs, and we try to keep our registration prices as low as we can. Because of the continued unpredictability with COVID-19 regulations and registration numbers, when you sign up for this race you understand that if we cannot register enough runners for the race to break even in terms of costs, we will cancel the race. Since, like most races, we do not offer refunds (it is expensive to do that as well, but that's a story for another day), in the event that we have to cancel, you will receive a race credit for the distance you signed up for, for a future race, which can be used for up to 3 years.

The alternative to this would be our business closing entirely. This is the best way we can try to weather this storm and survive as a business. We are sincerely thankful for all of your support.


Making individual codes for every person who deferred or transferred a race in 2020 would take a really long time, and it's just way too labor intensive to make sense, so we have set codes for each race that we were forced to cancel last year. If you were one of the people affected (i.e. you paid for a race last year and did not attend and did not choose the virtual option, due to the pandemic), here is what you do: Register, DO NOT PAY, use the coupon code that refers to the race that you did NOT complete and did NOT choose to do virtually. You may only use this code ONCE. The code may be used for a distance equal to or shorter than the one you were originally signed up for. We WILL be checking the list to catch anyone who fraudulently uses a code, and you will NOT be permitted to participate on race day, and will be banned from all future Awesomesauce events, so we suggest you don't try any funny business. DO NOT use the codes if you were NOT signed up for these races in 2020. DO NOT use the codes if you chose to have a virtual packet mailed to you. 

If you pay for your race registration without using the code, you will NOT be refunded. Do not pay and then email us or ask us on race day for a refund because you were due a race deferral/transfer. Runsignup charges us to refund you, and it's a hefty fee that makes us lose a lot of money, so we will not do it.

Things are still VERY touch and go this year, and we do not expect all of our races to be scheduled in 2021. We are taking each state, municipality, and park one at a time and doing our very best to get as many races up and running as possible. Many factors contribute to whether or not a race can happen. Like with this park, they were willing to work out a compromise on location for us, while keeping everything else the same, but not all locations are operating with such flexibility and being willing to accommodate our standards. If the race you want to hold out for is not open for registration, that is because we simply DO NOT KNOW if it will be happening. We don't have a crystal ball. There are a lot of things outside of our control, many people involved in making decisions as to whether races can go on. Emailing to ask isn't going to get you an answer, because if we KNOW we are able to have a race, we will post it on our website and open registration. Your race transfer/deferral will be good until at least 2023, so you can wait on using it if you'd prefer.

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