Thursday, October 02, 2014

2014 Halloween Runs in Greater Cincinnati

As any kid knows, October 31 is Halloween which means food and dressing up in costume.  If you can not wait that long, there are few Halloween themed races throughout the month of October and some in November.   Here are a few of them: 
  • Zombie 5k Run / Walk, Saturday October 4, 4:00 PM, Fitton Center For Creative Arts, Hamilton OH - First Halloween Run of the year that I know of. You can be a runner a walker or a zombie(not sure what that entails). Race is part of the Hamilton's  Operation Pumpkin Art Festival. Visit for more information about the race.
  •  Trick or Trail 2014, Sunday October 5, 4:00 PM, Oxford Community Park, Oxford OH -
    A 1K or 5K-ish Run/Walk in Costume along the Trails of the Oxford Community Park.
    A Great Evening of FUN for the Whole Family to Enjoy! Proceeds will support The Luna Cares Fund which was created to help local women battling cancer with the financial burdens caused from medical costs incurred during treatments. Visit for more information.
  • Mud-o-Ween 5k, Saturday October 11, 10:00 AM, Countryside YMCA, Lebanon OH - Take on the muckiest challenge! Three miles on all terrain trail run. You won’t come out clean after you slide down the ravine and run the creek trail. Forget about tires or barrels as obstacles– worry about fallen trees to block your way. Think you can cross the pond and still be recognized by your friends? Come race dressed as your favorite super hero if you dare. See what you can accomplish at the Countryside YMCA Mud-O-Ween! Stay for the After-Mud-Celebation and Harvest Party to try a muddy dog or hot pig pork sandwich for lunch. Visit for more information.
  • Running Scared 5k, Saturday October 11, 6:00 PM, Veteran's Memorial Stadium, 1600 West Street, Reading OH - A flat 3.1 mile course through a “spooky” cemetery, ending at a fabulous Halloween Fest!  Participants are encouraged to run/walk in costumes. After the race, people are admitted to the post race party where they can listen to a hot band or have a cold beer. They can enjoy food and drinks from generous sponsors and listen to the live jammin’ band while they stay toasty warm inside or gather around the roaring fire outside.  Proceeds benefit Youth Education.  Visit for more information.
  • 29th Annual Ghost N Goblin 5k Run/Walk, Tuesday October 21 6:30 PM, RiverScape MetroPark, 111 East Monument Avenue, (downtown) Dayton, OH  - The Ghost N Goblin 5k has been a Dayton Halloween tradition for 28 years! Presented by the Ohio River Road Runners Club, the 2014 Ghost N Goblin is expected to be the best and biggest ever! Post race party with refreshments and a D.J. Unique technical shirts for the first 3000 registered. Proceeds benefit The Children's Medical Center of Dayton. Visit for more information.  
  • Run Like Hell 5k, Friday October 24 7:30 PM, Dana and Woodburn Avenue, Cincinnati OH - Run a 5K in costume... Through a cemetery... To a party at the finish. Proceeds benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Visit for more information. 
  • Great Pumpkin Run, Saturday October 25 8:00 AM, Bonnybrook Farms, 3779 St. Rt. 132 Clarksville, OH - Get ready for the run of a lifetime! Traverse through challenging terrain, view scenic sights and beautiful views before maneuvering through a mile of one of Ohio's largest corn mazes! Find the way to the finish, and be welcomed by friends, family, and a huge farm festival! Visit for more information.
  • Harvest Hustle 5k Run / Walk, Saturday November 1 9:00 AM, St. Leon Community Park, West Harrison, IN - Does running (or walking) a 5k dressed in costume sound like a party (all while helping raise money and awareness for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD))? If you answered yes, you should sign up to participate in the Harvest Hustle 5k Run / Walk. Proceeds benefit New Horizons Rehabilitation and The Arc, two regional nonprofit organizations working to find solutions for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families. Visit for more information or to register.
  • Run For Kids 5k Halloween Spooktacular, Saturday November 1 6:00 PM, Wyoming Recreation Center, Wyoming OH - Course is fast and family-friendly through historic streets of Wyoming. Following race is afterparty with treats, awards for top male and female youth and adult finishers, and prizes for best costumes. Food and beverages available. Benefits Wyoming Youth Services. Visit for more information.

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