Don’t run away scared this weekend! The Dallas area has plenty of opportunities to celebrate the thrills and chills of the season with your fellow runners. Check out these Halloween-themed races and start brainstorming costume ideas.
Halloween Hustle 1K/5K/15K, McKinney: Events kick off at 7:45 a.m. on October 30, at the Stonebridge Beach Club, 6203 Virginia Parkway, in McKinney. Prizes, music, and food are all available at the post-race party. Registration is available online or on race day. Visit www.stonebridgeracers.com for more information.
Hexter Howl 5K/1K, Dallas: The race starts at 8:30 a.m. on October 29 and is followed by the Hexter Howl Carnival, both located at 9720 Waterview Road in Dallas. The carnival features game booths, bounce houses, giant slides, a rock wall tower, music and food. The event benefits Hexter Elementary’s literacy programs. Register online and on race day. Visit www.hexterhowl.org for race details.
Trek or Treat 5K/Fun Walk, Allen: This race kicks off a day of fall festivities at Watters Creek, US 75 and Bethany Rd in Allen, on October 29. The race begins at 8:00 a.m., and post-race activities include live music, hay rides, trick-or-treating, and a nighttime movie. Runners can register online or at the race. For more information, visit www.trekortreat5k.com.
The Vampire Run 5K, Fort Worth: A nighttime event on October 29 with a 5:30 pm start time, The Vampire Run features a spooky kids’ zone and a Haunted Halloween Village post-race party. The race starts and finishes near downtown Fort Worth at the Fort Worth Running Company. Runners can register online and on race day, and your race registration also qualifies you to compete for $900 in cash prizes in the costume contest. All the details are at www.vampirerun.com.
Plano Pacers Boo Scoot 5K/10K, Plano: One of the Plano Pacers running club’s monthly races, the Boo Scoot starts at 8 a.m. on October 29 at Bob Woodruff Park, 2510 San Gabriel Drive, in Plano. The event also includes a 1K for the kids. Participants can register the day of the race for just $10, and Plano Pacers club members can run for free. For membership and race information, visit www.planopacers.org.
Visit each race’s website for up-to-date race details. Are you going to run in costume this weekend? Or do you have a great idea for a race day costume? Share your plans and ideas in the comments section!