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Costume or not, Pumpkin Run fun start to fall

This year's race steps off Oct. 26

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Runners -- and one viking -- make their way down the homestretch in last year's Great Pumpkin Run.

A few days before youngsters go in search of treats, the streets of Grandview Heights will be filled with hundreds of runners of all ages participating in a Halloween tradition.

The 35th annual Great Pumpkin Run 5K race will start at 9 a.m. Oct. 26 on Oakland Avenue near Grandview Heights High School. The route proceeds through the streets of Grandview and Marble Cliff, ending back on Oakland.

The light-hearted race typically draws dozens of costumed runners.

"We always get such a great turnout for the race," Recreation Supervisor Marta Durban said. "Even last year, when we had cold, rainy conditions, we had about 500 participants. When we have good weather, like the year before last, we usually get about 700 runners."

The runners come from all over central Ohio, she said, drawn by the scenic route and enthusiastic support of the community.

The race route remains the same and race-day registration will return to the middle school gym, 1240 Oakland Ave., Durban said.

Race-day registration will be held from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m.

Runners also may register at or ahead of race day at the Grandview Center, 1515 W. Goodale Blvd. Registrations will be accepted by the parks department until Oct. 23 by mail and in person until noon Oct. 25.

Registration forms are available at the city's website,

Mailed forms should be sent to Grandview Parks and Recreation Department, 1515 Goodale Blvd., Columbus 43212.

The first 400 registrants will receive Pumpkin Run T-Shirts.

The fee is $20 in advance, $25 on race day.

Awards will be given to the top 10 male and female finishers and the top three finishers in each age group.

Youngsters will be able to race down Oakland Avenue in the annual Tiny Tot Pumpkin Trot, which will take place at 8:30 a.m.

Children ages 3-6 can register in the middle school commons area beginning at 8:15 a.m.

The race has more sponsors than ever before, Durban said, with the Grandview Area Chamber of Commerce and St. Joseph's Hospice serving as the main sponsors.

"We couldn't put on this event without our sponsors and the wonderful group of volunteers who come out every year to help us," Durban said. "We already have so many people signed up to volunteer. We even have a volunteer club and a number of middle school students also help us out."