A good pair of running shoes are needed to participate in the Great Pumpkin Run -- but costumes are optional.
The 34th annual 5K race will start at 9 a.m. Oct. 27 on Oakland Avenue by Grandview Heights High School. The route proceeds through the streets of Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff.
More than 500 people participated in last year's race, Recreation Supervisor Marta Durban said.
"We get participants from all over, including some from out of state," she said. "One of the big draws is that Grandview and Marble Cliff are such wonderful settings for a race, with all of our beautiful trees along the route."
The route remains the same, but race-day registration will be held in a different location this year, Durban said.
Registration and check-in will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the high school gym, 1587 W. Third Ave.
Applications for the Pumpkin Run are available at grandviewheights.org and at the Grandview Parks and Recreation Department Office, the Grandview Heights Public Library and Front Runner shoe store.
Runners also can sign up in advance by registering at speedy-feet.com. Speedy Feet, a Dayton-area company, again will provide the computerized finish-line system for the race.
The fee is $20 in advance, $25 on race day. Applications will be accepted at the parks office by mail until Oct. 24 and in person until noon Oct. 26.
The first 400 registrants will receive long-sleeved shirts.
Awards will be given to the top 10 male and female finishers and the top three finishers in various age groups.
Youngsters will be able to make their run for glory in the annual Tiny Tot Pumpkin Trot, which will take place prior to the Pumpkin Run at 8:15 a.m.
Children ages 3-6 will dash down Oakland Avenue and cross the finish line next to the high school.
The first 30 children to register will receive a T-shirt.
Race-day registration for the children's event will be from 7:30 to 8 a.m. in the high school gym. The cost is $10 in advance, $15 on race day.
The Pumpkin Run and Tiny Tot Pumpkin Trot are presented by the Grandview Parks and Recreation Department.