Race Preview: 2015 Halloweenathon 5K/10K/15K (Aloha)

It’s October, and this year, Halloween is going to be on a Saturday. Do you know what else takes place on Saturdays?

That’s right, Uberthons races. I have run in the Halloweenathon every year since it debuted in 2012, but this will be the first year that I get to run it actually on Halloween! (Don’t worry, it’s a morning race, so it won’t interfere with trick-or-treat parenting duties.)

As in past years, the Halloweenathon will be staged at the Reserve Vineyards and Golf Course, on the south course. This is a slightly flatter and less serpentine route than the one used on the north course, so it should run a bit faster. But wait, there’s a really cool new addition to the race, as well as a general presentation of the racing chair that was the focus of the Andiethon virtual race!

The obstacle race

Besides the traditional 5K, 10K, and 15K races, the Halloweenathon will have an obstacle race of sorts. You can choose to run the traditional 5K or the obstacle 5K. If you choose the obstacle version, there will be seven stations along the route. Each station will require that you complete a Halloween-themed task before you can continue:

➤  STATION 1 – Pumpkin Golf – hit the golf ball into the pumpkin’s mouth

➤  STATION 2 – eat a dangling donut – while the donut is dangling

➤  STATION 3 – find a little pumpkin on the course at Mile 1

➤  STATION 4 – count the corn in the jar.  The runner who gets closest, takes home the jar

➤  STATION 5 – decorate a sugar cookie – take off again while you eat the cookie

➤  STATION 6 – bean bag throw – get the bag in the hole, and continue your run

➤  STATION 7 – count the black cats in the tent.  Continue on only when you have counted each one

Stopping at the station will also get your bib stamped, good for an entry for a random drawing of prizes such as a Big Al’s night, Uberthons socks, Turkeython race entries, and others.

Andie’s chair

The Andiethon raised the $5325 needed for the Hoyt Running Chair for Andie Proskus to be able to continue enjoying being part of the running community. There was an earlier presentation ceremony on a Tuesday night at Big Al’s, and in fact, Andie got to use the running chair while being pushed by Run Oregon blogger Brian Bernier at the Portland Marathon. But there will be a general presentation of the chair at the Halloweenathon for those who were unable to attend the earlier event.



When: October 31, 2015, at 8 a.m. [Kids’ races start at 9:30]

Where: The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Course, 4805 SW 229th Avenue, Aloha, OR, 97007

Register: Online here. 5K = $30, 10K = $35, 15K = $40, 15K relay = $95 for team (plus a small fee for each race). Includes timing chip/bib, finisher’s medal, entry to post-race nacho bar.

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