47th annual Pumpkin Run: Pipestem
October 28 All day
Southern West Virginia Road Runners Club and Pipestem Resort State Park invites you to the 47th annual Pumpkin Run. There’s a 10K run, a 5K run, a 5K walk and a 800 meter Fun Run for youth 12 years of age and younger. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. at Park Headquarters.
Here’s the pumpkin (aka scoop) about the event:
All events are scheduled for October 28, 2023 at Pipestem Resort State Park with registration opening at 8:30 a.m. and the event times starting at 10:00 a.m. except the Fun Run for youth when it begins at 11 a.m.
Let’s have some fun! Halloween Costume Contest! Yes! That’s right. Judging will be done shortly after the beginning of the race, so wear your best costume. There’s a grand prize and there are prizes for runners up. Seeing an Uncle Sam, a zombie, Spiderman or a wanna be big foot running just makes the event all the more exciting.
There is an entry fee to participate. SWVRRC membership is $15 early registration or $20 day of race. Not a member of SWVRRC? Early registration is $20 and $30 on race day. The Fun Run is free. There are t-shirts for all races except the fun run, however, there are prizes for all fun run participants. T-shirts are guaranteed to the first 80 registered with priority to pre-registered runners. There are homemade baked goods for refreshments.
Divisions: 10K and 5K Runs: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+. Awards to top three overall male and female and top three in each division. 5K Walk presents awards to the top 5 males and top 5 females.
About the courses:
The 5K starts at the amphitheater parking lot, turns right on the main drive, turns around at the cone just past the Superintendent’s residence, turns left at Park Headquarters and finishes at the starting point. The course is paved and level.
The 10K starts at the amphitheater parking lot, turns left on the main drive, passes the Splash Park, turns right through the Cottage Area C, circles back, turns left on main drive, turns around at the cone just past the Bolar Observation Tower, turns left at park Headquarters to finish a the starting point.
To pre-register, visit Southern West Virginia Road Runners Club at http://www.swvrrc.org/october.html. You’ll find all Pumpkin Run information and other races in the area on the road runners website.
The SWWRRC organization encourages first time runners to join the Pumpkin Run courses.
Paul Hodges is the Pumpkin Run race coordinator. Email him at email@example.com or call 304 three-eight-four-seven-eight-seven-nine with questions.
For overnight lodging at Pipestem Resort State Park, use the Book Now button for online reservation or call Pipestem Resort State Park at 304-466-1800.