Friday Five: Halloween Themed Races!

Last week Cynthia, Courtney and I met up for a long overdue DC Trifecta get together. We noshed on AH-mazing burgers from Thunder Burger and Bar in Georgetown (I keep looking for excuses to get us back there again) and did a little plotting which we dubbed a “business lunch”. (In addition to selfie shenanigans)selfieshenans

If you haven’t checked out the Friday Five Linkup page you might wanna head over there now (well, after you’re done reading this post!) as we set themes for the next few Friday’s through November (and beyond which we’ll release later). We know you guys like to get themes as early as possible – though it wasn’t always possible. I’ll munch on ginormous gourmet cheeseburgers (with bacon!!) every day all day just to make your Friday Five lives better. You’re welcome 😉

This week the subject is HALLOWEEN because today is actually Halloween (to which I’m dressing up as Queen Obvious… I digress.)FF Halloween

I admit, I don’t get into this holiday as much as others and certainly not since I stopped trick or treating as a kid but have listed 5 Halloween/costume themed races to compensate for any leftover candy:

1. Wicked 10K. From the same team (J&A Racing) that brings you Shamrock and Crawlin’ Crab this VA Beach themed run has been on my “to do” list for a while, timing just hasn’t worked out for me. Next year I swear.

2. Monster Mash Half. This is in Delaware and I was thisclose to registering for it last year but opted for Crawlin’ Crab instead. Located at the Dover International Speedway it just looks like FUN! There is also a full marathon option.

3. Super Hero Half. Ok, so this one is in May. I signed up a couple of years ago when they were trying to set a world record for most super hero capes in a race but had to cancel last minute due to illness. BOO! My friends went anyway so sad for me but it’s still in my cross hairs.

4. Hershey Half. AHH! I wanted to do this race this year but, well, marathon happened. While the race itself isn’t Halloween themed all finishers get tickets to “Hershey Park in the Dark” their premier Halloween experience. Chocolate and Halloween, what could be better?

5. Healdsburg Wine Country Half. Ok, all you had to say was wine and California and you had me. If you want to combine your love of vino with Halloween, check out this late October destination race. While  I do not have my 2015 calendar even close to mapped out – this just shot up on the list.

Happy Friday folks! Anyone running or racing this weekend? In costume? Better yet – who’s going trick or treating?! 🙂 

78 Comments on Friday Five: Halloween Themed Races!

  1. Great idea to list costume themed races! No racing for me this weekend. I’ll be taking my kiddos trick or treating. 🙂
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  2. Wicked 10K is also a “Must Do” on my list – its held on such a competitive weekend! Healdsburg Wine Country Half…it was beautiful! I think the tech shirt even had some Halloween elements designed into it last year. Great pic of you three!
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  3. I so want to run the Hershey Half one day. I’ve run the 10k twice and the timing just never works out for the half. Someday! Anyways, happy Halloween!
    Kristen recently posted…Friday Five: Happy Halloween!My Profile

  4. So lucky to have such a great choice of races where you live. I would not like to run in a costume, so afraid of chafing !
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  5. I’ve never thought of racing in costume. Just not my thing, I guess.
    M @ readeatwriterun.com recently posted…Friday Five – Halloween EditionMy Profile

  6. We have run in costumes at lots of Disney races….and at the Wicked 10k in Virginia Beach
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  7. I think that the closest I will be getting to running in “costume” was my recent running in a tiara. I just don’t like to chafe, you know what I mean?? That said, I was originally going to race the Hershey half with some friends, but we decided not to. One day though 😀
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    • Oh trust me I get it! Lol. I’m actually not a costume racer either. I did once at Disney and hated it!! But I was sticking with the Halloween theme 😉 Next year Hershey for sure!!

  8. One of these years I’ll do a costume race…
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  9. The Wicked is one of my favorites. Of course I missed it this year for the MCM. But you know and I know it was well worth it:)
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  10. I LOVE themed races!! I haveta stick to 5k’s these days with the worlds worst knee attached to my body, but I still love this list…and you. Happy Halloween 😀
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  11. Fun races! I have never done a themed race or wore a costume – I guess I’m too worried about just running!
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  12. I bet your business lunch was lots of fun! great race ideas. I want to do the Hershey race one year
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  13. I’d love to do the Wicked 10K some year, but Virginia Beach is just a little too far away for me. Last weekend I ran a local Jack-O-Lantern Jog 5K that was a lot of fun, but only two people were in costume (a Tigger and a fried egg!)
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  14. I don’t get into Halloween that much either. Right now My daughter is 2 so she is just realizing what it is all about! Any race with wine: sign me up!
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  15. These all sound so fun! I had heard of the Hershey Race but I had no idea that it came with tickets to a park in the dark experience. It may have just moved up in my list 🙂
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  16. Happy Halloween! A couple of years ago I went to Thunder Burger with my sister. It was AMAZING! I don’t really get dressed up much anymore but I like seeing other people’s crazy costumes!
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  17. I haven’t run any of the races you mention, but I’m not one to dress in costumes for races. With that being said, I just purchased a girl-pilgrim costume to wear in our local turkey trot on Thanksgiving morning. My son wore a pilgrim costume last year, and my daughter-in-law wore a turkey costume. He chased her throughout the race yelling, “Come back here turkey, I just want to talk!” It was great!

    I love how you, Courtney, and Cynthia each had such different takes on the Halloween theme! Thanks for the linkup, and Happy Halloween!

    • we tried to keep it general. I’m not a Halloween dresser upper or a trick or treater but I’m a runner (who also doesn’t dress in costume) but thought I’d throw these out there 🙂

  18. Mar, I just have to say thank you so much for “taking one for the team” and hanging out with those awful girls over hamburgers to bring us some awesome new Friday Five topics; I can only imagine what a sacrifice that must have been for you, so thank you for your dedication – HA! 🙂 Y’all are hilarious; I love this picture. Seriously, though, thanks for the great link-up, congrats again on your amazing marathon and I hope you have a fantastic Halloween weekend!
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  19. The Wicked 10k would be a lot of fun! I loved the broadway show, so there’s that.
    My hubby is going trick or treating with our daughter tonight, while I stay home with the baby and hand out candy. Then we are drinking a bottle of wine and watching The Walking Dead after the kiddos go to sleep. That’s all the fun we’re allowed.
    Have a good weekend!
    Haley @ Running with Diapers recently posted…Friday Five: Halloween EditionMy Profile

  20. I wish I’d been in to running while living in Boston. I’d love to do the Devil’s Chase in Salem. 6.66 miles.
    Lesley recently posted…Friday Five: Halloween EditionMy Profile

  21. I would love the superhero half. We are ALL about superhero’s in this house, the kids would get a kick out of it!
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  22. I’ve never run a costume race…must remedy that! Thanks for the list and Happy Halloween!!!
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  23. ooo all of these races sounds like a blast! I’ll have to look into them 🙂
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  24. I want to do a wine country half! We’ll pass out candy tonight to all the trick-or-treaters. I am running Fantasy in Lights 10k tomorrow. It is Christmas themed so I may have to break out my green sparkle skirt.
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  25. I absolutely love Hershey Park. My family and I have been going for the past three summers and it’s a blast. I just recently found out about the 1/2 and I SO want to do it next year!!
    Great link-up 🙂
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  26. You must do the Monster Mash Half… just being on the race track is pretty neat! Also, any race that is in Wine country is a must 🙂

  27. healdsburh is on halloween next year! how fun. also i keep dreaming about that burger…we must go back 🙂
    Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC recently posted…Friday Five: Halloween EditionMy Profile

  28. Haha – thanks for eating those burgers in order to help the Friday Five gang out. We appreciate your sacrifice 😉 Honestly, though, thank you guys for being awesome. All of those races sound great. I definitely would like to do the Wicked 10k, Hershey Half… and now that you mention it, wine and Halloween sound like a great combo 🙂
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  29. Maybe I will see you Healdsburg! Happy Halloween!
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  30. Went trick or treating and dressed up for the first time in years! Cool list, although I don’t think I could ever run in costume!
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  31. The Hershey Half is definitely on my list. How can you pass up getting chocolate at the end of a race?
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  32. Amy @ Run with Perseverance | October 31, 2014 at 7:11 pm |

    I had no idea there were so many October-themed races! Thanks for sharing those 🙂

  33. Awesome! I need to do another costume race!
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  34. I always get a kick out of seeing themes races! I’m not a costume racer myself but seeing it always put a smile on my face!

  35. The super heto race sounds like so much fun! I would love to do that one 🙂
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  36. No trick or treating here. However, I did hand out candy to really cute kids. My favorite was a mom who was the Wicket Witch and had her baby dressed as her Flying Money. That baby was too adorable in a money suit with a little jacket and wings.
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  37. Ooh love a good themed race and these all look awesome!
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  38. No races this weekend, but LOTS of trick or treating! There’s no way I could have run in the costume Betty picked for me.
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  39. Congrats marathoner!!!
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