Seven Halloween runs set for this month
Get your ghoul on at these fun, family events
There is nothing like a spooky monster with a dash of sheer terror to put a little jump in your step. Halloween runs are not only great exercise, but they are also a lot of fun for the entire family, and some even encourage pets — especially costumed ones. Here are a few of our favourites:
Oct. 19, Calgary, Alberta
The Halloween Howl is a family-friendly event in Calgary. Individuals or teams can register for a 3K or 5K fun run/walk or a 10K chip-timed run. All proceeds support the Alberta Diabetes Foundation. Costumes are encouraged for everyone and you can look forward to prizes and more, this event is a ton of Halloween fun!
Dash of Doom
Oct. 26, Calgary
Run Calgary is staging Calgary's only Halloween night race! This family-friendly and pet-friendly event is scheduled for the Saturday before Halloween come rain or shine (or snow!) This event features a fun festival area with Halloween activities and a photo booth to get free pictures of you and your loved ones (including the pooch) dressed up.
Dash of Doom's pet-friendly event in Calgary
Oct. 26, North Vancouver, British Columbia
Dress up to race through some of the North Shore’s most gruesome trails in the Hallow’s Eve Trail marathon, half-marathon and 10K trail races. The race begins at the base of Lynn Creek and runners will be challenged with some of the ghastliest (it’s Halloween) trails that Vancouver’s North Shore has to offer. Yes, there is an award for the best costume.
Oct. 26, Pebble Beach, California
The 6th Annual Pebble Beach Zombie Race and Emergency Preparedness Fair is held in picturesque Pebble Beach on the fire defence roads. There are two courses from which to choose: the challenging 5K Zombie Crawl (think 3.1 miles of steep hills) and the 2K Survivor Stroll (a flat mile that is perfect for strollers and youngsters). After completing the run, grab a post-race snack and check out the emergency preparedness booths. As if Zombie hordes weren't disaster enough, the "Quake Cottage" earthquake simulator will be operating at the fair. Those who transform into a zombie will be entered into a “best dressed” contest where the prizes are emergency preparedness backpacks stuffed with all sorts of great loot!
Hallow's Eve race courtesy of Foretrails Race Series
Zombie Festival and Trail Run
Oct 26, Beaver County, Pennsylvania
A zombie outbreak has infected the world! A quarantine site has been set up at the four-season pavilion at Brady’s Run Park in Beaver County near Pittsburgh. Thus, the stage is set for the annual Zombie Trail Run. Racers are given belt flags to represent their lives, which zombies, hiding along the course, will try to snatch when least expected. Humans must keep at least one flag by the time they reach the finish line to be a survivor. Before or after the race, there are plenty of additional zombie-forward festivities to enjoy including escape rooms.
Oct. 27, Toronto, Ontario
The Monster Dash consists once again of a Spooky Mile, 5km & 10km run/walk. Bring your friends & family, walk your child down the Spooky Mile for some trick or treating and then finish with your own cheering squad at the end of your run.
Horror Trail Run
Oct. 29, Waterloo, Ontario
The course is a monster-infested 2.5km loop on a well-maintained and marked trail through the forest on Camp Heidelberg property of the Optimist Club of Kitchener-Waterloo. Course options include 5km, 10km, 25km, 50km and a six-hour ultra event. All events start at 9 a.m., with the exception of the 50km, which starts at 8 a.m. (Allowing for a 7-hour time limit).