This coming Sunday I will be running a really cool event. This event began last year, in Wake Forest, North Carolina. This years race promises more themed race swag, a very cool medal, and plenty of spooks and scares on the greenway portion of the Half Marathon route.
Have you ever run a Halloween themed race? Last year was my first, but it was very enjoyable, so much so, that I have to return for the challenge again. This race course is no joke either, it has plenty of its own scares even without the costumed volunteers that will be out on the course ready to creep you out. I was suffering PF last year during this race, and this year I am not, so maybe the hills won’t seem as difficult. Well, from what I remember, it will be tough regardless.
These images are from the race last year. The haunted greenway will give you chills and thrills, as you run through the most fun part of the course. The volunteers really got into it! As you can see!
Last year I ran the race in 1:44:49, which was good enough for an overall finish in 25th place. I placed 6th in my age group. I ran injured last year, so I hope to do at least marginally better this Sunday. Knowing what to expect this year may also be to my advantage. I know where the tough sections are, and can plan my pacing strategy better. I hope the event is more widely known about this time around. Last year the Half only had 136 finishers. It really is a great race, so I hope there is a bigger turn out this year.
The weather forecast is a bit daunting. When I arrive in Wake Forest on race morning, in the dark, the temperature is supposed to be around 40 degrees. Brrrrr…. time to get used to running in the cold again. I have to break out the arm sleeves, and warmup suit for prior to the race.
Are you participating in any Halloween themed races this year? I’ve heard about so many fun ones. I will post a recap of the event with pictures of the medal, shirt and more next week after the race. Have a great week, and Happy Halloween racing!