For Halloween weekend — a very different kind of marathon. This sounds like a blast.
It’s the Screaming Pumpkin Prediction Marathon and Relay in Peoria.
This race is on the evening of Friday, Oct. 29. It’s a marathon that you can run as an individual or a relay with two, three or four people. The idea is to predict the time it will take you to cover the course, and finish as close to the stroke of midnight as possible.
You can start anytime after 6 p.m. You can’t wear a watch, and there’s no clock on the course. If you finish before midnight, you get a tiara and a wand. If you finish after midnight, you get a pumpkin.
The course is a hilly 6.55-mile loop lined with glow sticks. It includes a trail through Springdale Cemetery, complete with costumes actors to make it even more spooky!
Costumes are encouraged, and there is a $150 gift certificate for the best costume.
There’s also a 6.55-mile run and a 2-mile walk.
For more information, go to www.screamingpumpkinrace.com.
Here’s the rest of the list.
— Sand Creek Trail Run
This is a 7-mile race on horse trails with creek crossings. It’s on the Sand Creek Trails of the Macon County Conservation District at 10 a.m. Saturday. The race is organized by the Decatur Running Club.
It benefits the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which provides educational scholarships and family services for the children of military special operations personnel killed on duty, as well as financial assistance for special operations personnel severely wounded in combat.
Click here to get to a Google doc with the registration form.
— Town and Gown 5K Run
If you’re an Illinois State University alum or a parent of a current ISU student, there’s the Town and Gown 5K Run in Normal, in conjunction with Illinois State University’s Homecoming this weekend.
The race is at 7 a.m. Saturday. For more information or to register, go to http://illinoisstatehomecoming.com/events/5k-run/.
Weekend of Oct. 23-24:
— Clinton Education Foundation 5K
This race is at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at Clinton Junior High School. In addition to the 5K run and walk, there’s a free kids’ fun run.
I couldn’t find a website for this race, but there are entry forms available at Body n’ Sole in Savoy.
— Bike the Bridges Bike Tour
This bike tour is in Parke County, Ind. — “Covered Bridge Capital of the World.”
The rides start at Rockville State Park, and there are three distances to choose from: an 8-mile family ride, a 33-mile ride, and a 100-mile ride. Proceeds from the bike tour benefit the Covered Bridge Gateway Trail.
For more information, go to www.bikethebridges.org and click on “Bike Rides” on the left side of the page. Then scroll down for information on the Oct. 23 bike tour.
— 5K Rocket Run
This run is at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at Cedar Ridge Elementary School in Bloomington. It’s sponsored by the school and the Cedar Ridge Rocket Boosters. There’s a 5K run and a 1-mile kids run run and walk.
Here’s a link to the race form.
Weekend of Oct. 30-13:
— Allerton Trail Race
This is Second Wind Running Club’s premier event — a 5.5-mile trail run followed by brunch in the meadow at Allerton Park. There’s also a 2-mile walk.
The race is at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, and there will be awards for the best costumes. The running club is collecting race shirts and race medals to donate to charity.
Family members and friends are welcome to the brunch this year, and any donations of brunch items are appreciate.
Here’s a link for more information and to register.
— Run/Walk for Justice 5K
This is a 5K race at Crystal Lake Park at 9 a.m. on Sat., Oct. 30. It’s sponsored by the Service & Justice Outreach, affiliated with St. John’s Catholic Newman Center on the University of Illinois campus.
You can pick up a race form at Body n’ Sole or register on race day from 8 to 8:30 a.m.
— Oktoberfest Run 5K
Run a race, then celebrate your finish with some music, food and a beer (if you’re at least 21). The Oktoberfest run is at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, in Bloomington. All runners are admitted free to the Oktoberfest celebration. It will cost non-runners $10.
Here’s a link to the race form. Get it in the mail by Saturday and save $5. You can also register the day of the race between 11:30 and 12:30.
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