30th Pumpkin Run slated for Oct. 25

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

The 30th annual Great Pumpkin Run 5K race will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, starting and finishing on Oakland Avenue near the high school.

"It's a special year for us, marking the 30th anniversary of the race," said Marta Durban, recreation supervisor with the Grandview Parks and Recreation Department.

"When we started, we didn't have any sponsors and the runners had to dodge the cars," Durban said. "Running and fitness were just becoming the new trend."

The event has become a fall tradition in Grandview, and last year about 425 runners participated, she said.

Pre-registration applications for this year's race will be accepted by mail until Oct. 20 and in person until Oct. 22 at the parks and recreation office, 1515 W. Goodale Blvd.

Applications are available on-line at www.grandviewheights.org and are also available at the parks office, the Grandview Heights Public Library and the Front Runner shoe store.

Race day registration will take place between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. in the middle school gym, 1240 Oakland Ave.

The pre-registration fee is $15 and the cost is $20 on the day of the race.

Prizes will be awarded to the first 10 finishers, male and female, and long-sleeved shirts will be given to the first 300 registrants.

From the high school, the race route will proceed south on Oakland Avenue, turn left onto First Avenue, then right on Broadview Avenue. Runners will then turn right on Goodale Boulevard, right on Lincoln Road, left on First Avenue, before heading north on Cambridge Boulevard. Just past the Cambridge island, runners will reverse course and head south down Cambridge and back to First, where they will head back east to Oakland Avenue and the finish line.

Volunteers are needed, especially to serve as race course marshals and to hand out refreshments to the runners at the finish line, Durban said.

"One of the best things about this event is our volunteers," she said. "We always get such a great response from this wonderful community."

Anyone interested in volunteering should call Durban at 481-6203.

The annual Tiny Tot Pumpkin Trot will be held one week prior to the Pumpkin Run.

The event for youngsters ages 3-6 will be held at 9 a.m. Sept. 18 at Buck Sports Park.

The cost is $15 for residents and $20 for non-residents.

Each participant will receive a Tiny Tot Pumpkin Trot T-shirt.

Another seasonal special event, a haunted hayride and costume contest, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Wyman Woods shelter house.

The costume contest will be held in several categories, including 3-4 year olds, 5-6 year olds, 7-8 year olds and families.

Hot chocolate, hot dogs, cookies and other goodies will be served.

Beggar's Night will take place between 6 and 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.

Youngsters are encouraged to wear reflective clothing, carry a flashlight and walk with a friend or in a group while trick-or-treating.