The details: 7:30 a.m. Saturday same-day registration begins, 8:30 a.m. warm-up yoga, 9:30 a.m. group photo, 9:45 a.m. race begins, 10 a.m. beer garden opens, music, food trucks, exhibitors; Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., $30-$35 can include costume, $25 includes infant costume, free ages 5 and younger but no costumes in this size; 339-4564,

Something else: Free parking at Antlers Hilton hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave., must enter from Pikes Peak Avenue or Antlers Place. All other downtown parking garages are $1.

Closure notice: Tejon Street will be closed from Costilla to Cache La Poudre streets. The north half of the route will reopen around 11 a.m. and the street by the Pioneers Museum will reopen around 2 p.m.

Where's Waldo, you ask? He's running a 5K in downtown Colorado Springs.

He and several thousand of his friends, that is. Last year more than 3,100 walkers and runners pulled on their red and white striped tunics and stocking caps and donned the iconic round black spectacles to raise money for the Rocky Mountain Field Institute and Trails and Open Space Coalition.

The fourth annual The Waldo Waldo 5K is Saturday at the Pioneers Museum.

"It's a fun way to engage in the community," says race founder Chelise Foster. "It's fun to be there with thousands of people dressed like you and fun to raise money and feel like it's going back to the community instead of another city."

Over the past three years, the event has raised more than $100,000 for local nonprofits, including RMFI, Trails and Open Space and Pikes Peak Community Foundation. The funds go toward Waldo Canyon restoration, disaster relief, fire recovery, outdoor activities and trails and open space maintenance in the local community.

This year's event will also offer plenty of live music, both at the museum and along the race route, along with a beer garden and food trucks.

"Waldo Canyon has always been near and dear to my heart," Foster says. "It felt like a natural for me to step up and make a positive impact and to do something I felt the community needed."

Because the fire was more than three years ago, she wants to make sure people remember.

"Waldo is out of sight, out of mind now," she says. "People don't realize there's years of recovery necessary."


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