Halloween Races and Marathons

Halloween Races and Marathons
Halloween is a time for costumes, parties, candy and--for some people--races. The crisp autumn air makes for nice weather and many holiday running events are held all over the United States. Race days may vary depending on the year. Some are held on the Saturday prior to Halloween; others are held on October 31st. Check the websites for each race for specific dates and registration information.

Frankenthon Monster Marathon

This race is held on the Saturday before Halloween in Cedar Park, Texas. It begins at 7:00 a.m. and is limited to six and a half hours. It is a Boston Marathon qualifying race and is certified by USATF.

Temperatures in Cedar Park are typically around 50 degrees F at start time and warm up to the mid 70s F by the end of the race.

The trail goes along Bushy Creek Trail and makes three loops of 8.75 miles. The trail is pavement and crushed granite, but runners are also able to run on the adjoining grass.

The race is limited to 150 runners and there are awards for the top three runners in each five-year age group. Finishers receive a long-sleeved shirt and Frankenthon Monster socks.

3300 Brushy Creek Road
Cedar Park, TX 78613

Monster Dash 1/2 Marathon, 10 Mile, 5K and 5K-9

This USATF certified race in Minneapolis typically fills to capacity. The course takes runners past Lake Harriet, Lake Calhoun and the Minnehaha Creek Parkway. The half marathon and 10-mile run begin at 8:30 a.m.; the 5K starts at 10:30 a.m. Finishers receive a long-sleeved shirt and half marathon finishers also receive a Monster Half Marathon belt buckle.

A Monster Bash party is held in the evening, with drinks, a DJ and dancing. The party is for participants who are at least 21 years old.

The 5K-9 race allows runners to bring their dogs along.

Minneapolis Convention Center

1301 Second Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN 55403

(612) 335-6000

Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon

Runners at this half marathon in Sonoma County, California, often wear costumes to celebrate Halloween. The race begins at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery and finishes at the Warm Springs Recreation Area where participants can enjoy the Wine & Music Festival.

A race expo and pasta dinner are part of the event and are held at the Vintners Inn, which also offers a special room rate for participants.

There is a Halloween Carnival and Kids Pumpkin Run at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery at noon. This includes a short run through the vineyard, games, face painting and a pumpkin patch. Kids are encouraged to come in costume.

Vintners Inn
4350 Barnes Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 575-7350

Francis Ford Coppola Winery
300 Via Archimedes
Geyserville, CA 95441
(707) 857-1400

The Peninsula Pumpkin Run

This race in Newport News, Virginia, includes a 5K run/walk and a half-mile kids run. The 5K begins at 8:00 a.m. and runners are encouraged to wear costumes and participate in the costume contest. (Masks are not allowed.) The children's race begins at 9:00 a.m. Runners will enjoy healthy treats and can earn awards in several race categories.

Finishers are awarded T-shirts and the kids' race participants get a finishers' medallion. The race begins at city center, near the fountain.

11815 Fountain Way
Newport News, VA 23606

Article Written By Cate Rushton

Cate Rushton has been a freelance writer since 1999, specializing in wildlife and outdoor activities. Her published works also cover relationships, gardening and travel on various websites. Rushton holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Utah.

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