- 3 miles/5K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon
- Road Race
- Event Website
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Overall: Very fun, Halloween-themed race that is family friendly and fun!
T-Shirt/SWAG: All participants got a t-shirt (lightweight, poly/cotton blend) that had a monster on the front. 5 Milers got a different shirt from the 5Kers. There were fliers for upcoming races done by the same management company with discount codes on them. Also a $5 off $25 at the Chancery (located along the race route). Virtual swag bag included a free glass of wine at The Ruby Tap, 20% off one item at the independent bookstore in Tosa, as well as more race discounts. Medals were given to all finishers in the chute as well as a bottle of water, an apple, and some candy!
Aid Stations: 1 aid station at about mile 1.5 that had water being handed out by costumed volunteers.
Course Scenery: The course starts at Hart Park and runs through Tosa Village and then on Honeycreek Parkway through the neighborhood around that area. Nothing notable to be seen, just lots of houses.
Elevation: For a 5K, there was a decent amount of hills! There were 3 hills with a pretty steady incline and some smaller ones in the neighborhoods that were very gradual but hills nonetheless.
Parking/Access: One very small parking lot is available at Hart Park so most people parked in the neighborhoods and in Honeycreek Parkway. I was running a little late but had no problem finding a street spot right by the start/finish and it was easy to leave once I was done.
Race Management: Vision does a great job managing all their events. Pre-race communication was great; part of the course was going to be in a construction area and they sent an e-mail out the day before letting people know that they would be running on metal slabs that are covering the road so that the participants were aware. The event had a lot of family-oriented activities going on, from pumpkin carving to costume contests to a movie screening after the race was done.
Packet pick-up was offered the day before and the day of the race.
The best part for me were the kids handing out goodies in the finisher's chute. They were all in different costumes and so enthusiastic!
I would definitely recommend this race especially if you have kids that would love to do a run!