The spirits are getting restless! As the nights begin to cool and the fall winds start to blow, they know that Halloween is close at hand. Listen carefully and you can hear their howls and moans upon the wind - getting louder with the passing of each day. On a dark nights this October the dead and the un-dead's paths will cross. Under the cover of darkness runners will race the spirits through a creepy corn field and darkened trails. Dressed in costumes, to disguise themselves from the spirits, runners will make their way back to the safety of race headquarters, where they'll join others to recount the scary details of this spirit-escaping run.
Sugar-high meets runners-high at Trek or Treat, Canada's original night trail run. Since 2006 in Oakville, and 2012 in Collingwood, runners have donned costumes and headlamps (or flashlights) to wind their way through darkened trails decorated for the Halloween season. This event is not like any other 5K! Glowing pumpkin kilometer markers and reflective skulls serve as course markers guiding runners by candy stations and through spooky graveyards. Post-race over 5,000 pieces of candy are distributed to participants, not to mention free pizza, coffee and hot chocolate.
This year's Collingwood race will take place on Saturday, October 19th at the Collingwood YMCA.
Trek or Treat's flagship event is the Creepy Mile. Families are the cornerstone of this event and hundreds of parents and kids will walk, jog and run their way to the finish line - where every child will receive a finisher's ribbon for his or her efforts. This event is designed to encourage physical activity and rewards participation! Parents can come early to participate with their families in the Creepy Mile, with enough time to return to race headquarters to participate in the 5K.
In 2013 Trek or Treat is introducing a new 5K Race category for runners expecting to complete the 5K in under 24 minutes. This will provide an unencumbered route for runners looking to set a PB or just hammer the course. In addition to the 5K Race category, there is a 5K Run/Walk that is open to runners of all ages and abilities. The 5K Run/Walk is jogging-stroller friendly and the mostly crushed gravel trails make this an accessible race for all - even those with no trail running experience. The top three finishers in each age category receive a unique bat-themed medal and prizing is given to the top overall male and female.
This year race organizers have set a goal of raising 500 pounds of food to serve local food banks over the winter season. Participants are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to drop in the donation box.
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