Thursday, October 18, 2012

Halloween Themed Races

Contributed by Sue Strong

The time is near, where the ghosts and goblins are waiting around the corner. The scary music, the haunted houses, the witches and warlocks. The princesses and ballerinas, the pop stars and beauty queens. Jack O Lanterns (pumpkin carving) are also a huge part of Halloween fun. Halloween was originally called “All Hallows Evening” and is a time for people to be something they inspire to be or a magical character that they want to be for a day. It brings out the creativity in the young and the young at heart. Halloween comes from Celtic origins and the  Celtic festival Samhain. It is believed to be the one night each year where spirits and those that have passed cross over into the world of the living. People would light bonfires and wear costumes to keep the ghosts away. Known for the candy received, Halloween brings out happy smiles on children’s faces Trick or Treating. Kids scurry around from house to house with their baskets, bags, pillow cases and more open to collect wonderful sugary treats.

Halloween themed events are increasing in numbers each year. Families are making these types of events a tradition along with the regular festivities.

Trek or Treat is one such event that is held in Oakville and NEW for this year, in Collingwood. An evening 1k, 5k or 10k event. Headlamps or flashlights are needed to guide you through the epic trail running event. Headlamps can be rented from the race officials.

You could also try the WestMONSTER Woods 5k event that also includes a kids Pumpkin Dash. Prizes are given for best costume for participants and best costume for volunteers. The Zombie Run, the Haunted Hustle, the Monster Dash, the Pumpkin fun run, the list goes on and on!

Here are a few more Halloween based events across the country:

October 20th  - Halloween Howl 3k, 5k and 10k events. Calgary, AB

October 21st - Shannex Kentville Harvest Pumpkin Mile. Kentville, NS

October 27th - Horror Hill 15k road race, 5k,10k, 3 and 6 hr Trail Race. Waterloo, ON

October 28th - Pumpkin Summit 8k Trail Race. Milton, ON
STATO’s Haunted Hustle 5k, 10k, Half Marathon. Haileybury, ON

October 28th  - Hallows Eve Half Marathon and 10k. Vancouver, BC

October 28th - London X-Ray Associates Halloween Haunting 3k, 5k, 10k.
London, ON

October 28th - Scary Beazley 1k - 5k kids only events. Dartmouth, NS

Get into the spirit this year. Create a fantastic costume and take part in one of the many events in your neighbourhood to celebrate this wonderful day!


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