Woman holding binoculars Join today and get outside at one of our 60+ wildlife sanctuaries.
Woman holding binoculars Join today and get outside at one of our 60+ wildlife sanctuaries.
Atop a green grassy hill overlooking a forest with water below. Mountains off in the distance.
Pleasant Valley, Lenox © Nicole Marcotte

2024 Wild Thing 5k/10k Race & Walk

Special Event: Saturday, June 22, 2024

9:00 am Start Time 

Ready, set, GO! Grab your running sneakers and get wild at one of the most scenic trail runs in the area.  

Wild Thing racers will start and end at Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley, traversing trails and carriage roads of varying elevations through Kennedy Park. Walk or run through hardwood forest in our 5k route or go the distance in our 10k runners route.  

Afterwards, join us for the post-race celebration in the big red barn at Pleasant Valley.  

Wild Thing is a rain or shine event. Adjustments to the schedule will only happen in the event of a severe weather alert. Notifications will be shared on Facebook.

Racers running under finish banner at Pleasant Valley

Top finishers in their races will win prizes donated by local businesses. Some lucky runners will also win through raffle selection. Pay homage to your favorite plant or animal species with a creative costume and you could even win best dressed! Runners must be present to claim prizes.  

Pleasant Valley’s annual Wild Thing is a fundraising event which supports Mass Audubon’s conservation and environmental education programming in Berkshire County. 

What to Know Before You Go

There is one water station along the 5k course which runners will pass twice. Three water stations are posted along the 10k course. Water, Gatorade, and light snacks will be available at the finish line. Refillable water bottle stations are available at Pleasant Valley.  

Accessible restrooms are available in the barn, including family and all gender restrooms.

Spectators are welcome along the course and start/finish area at Pleasant Valley. Dogs are allowed within Kennedy Park but please no dogs at the Pleasant Valley start/finish area. The 5k and 10k routes feature single-track rails and scenic carriage roads nearby Kennedy Park. The trails have uneven terrain and vary in elevation.

On-site parking is limited so please arrive early. Race check-in is located inside the big Red Barn at Pleasant Valley.  

download Wild Thing 2024 5K Map (162.5 kB)
download Wild Thing 2024 10K Map (165.5 kB)

Register Early to Save

Event will be capped at 300 runners. Register early to save and guarantee your spot!

Racers are required to pick up a packet of information ahead of the race at Pleasant Valley. This can be done on Friday, June 21, 3:00-6:00 pm or Saturday, June 22, 7:00-8:00 am.  

10K & 5K Adult Entry

  • $30 before June 1
  • $35 from June 1-19
  • $40 after June 19 (in-person registration only at Pleasant Valley)

10K & 5K Youth Entry

Discount for youth registration will be applied at registration checkout.

  • $5 for ages 12 and under
  • $10 for ages 13-18

Register Today

Race categories will be grouped by age (adult and youth ages 12 and under), gender (male, female, non-binary) and distance (10K, 5K, 5K Walk). Selecting a race category at the time of registration is optional; your time will still appear on the race results. You do not need to enter a category to be eligible for giveaway prizes.

Volunteers Needed

We couldn’t run wild without our dedicated team of volunteers! Help is needed on Friday and Saturday for various tasks and time commitments: 

Friday, June 21

Saturday, June 22