The devastation of the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire sparked the Waldo Waldo 5K into existence. The run is a project dedicated to bringing motivated people together to have fun in costume and raise money for community needs.
After two years of incubation with the elope Inc. team, the Waldo Waldo 5K grew into an independent organization dedicated to supporting natural disaster relief. Since 2012, thousands of participants dressed as Waldo or Wenda have raised more than $175,000 for local nonprofits. Beneficiaries include the Rocky Mountain Field Institute, Trails and Open Space Coalition and Waldo Canyon Firefighters Relief Fund at Pikes Peak Community Foundation.