October is such a great month for running. The weather is beginning to get chilly and crisp. The leaves on the trees are starting to fall, and everyone is gearing up for the holidays. One of my favorite running events of the season happens near the end of October, typically the last weekend before Halloween. This race is called The Scary Run, and is put on by Why Racing Events
This was my second year participating in this fun running event. After running in the race in 2018, I knew it would be a yearly tradition. The Scary Run, is a race with 3 running distance options. A 5K, a 10K and a half marathon. The event really encourages youth to sign up and even race for free (for ages 17 and under). The course is very flat, and offers some amazing views. Not to forget, some added viewing pleasure throughout the course, roaming Zombies, witches, monsters ect. I knew this year, was the year to sign up my kids. You see, my sons love Halloween. Everything about it. They are ages 4 and 6, and to be completely honest, who wouldn’t love a holiday associated with candy? That’s when I knew, I had to switch their thinking up. Instead of a holiday geared towards candy and trick or treating, why not include some fitness in the mix and have them up for the 5K?
The race starts out at Reflection Plaza, in downtown Washougal, Washington. The courses for each distance are flat and fast. The 5K and 10K course are along the Washougal Dike for an out and back course. This is along the Columbia River, and offers some amazing views of the river and Mt. Hood. The Half Marathon starts out as an out and back, then returned towards the start and finish, before heading to the Washougal Dike where the 5K/10K course is. Then ending with a final out and back through the industrial area to finish the remaining miles of the race. There are a few different splits along the course, but each are well marked with signs and volunteers. All race distances are on an unpaved, non-technical trail.
Race day weather was perfect. It chilly and very foggy, which gave the course an even scarier feel. I made my way to the starting line. The 5K and 10K started at the same time, which was nice, because I was able to start with my family. Pretty soon the announcer began the countdown, 3, 2, 1, GO. We were all off. The course is one of my favorite courses, it is very flat and offers spectacular views. Once arrived in the River Trail section, I was greeted by some Scary creatures. It does make for a good run though, probably contributing to my overall time and quickness. For some reason this race always seems to go so fast. Every time I looked down at my watch, another mile had past. There were many volunteers along the course. The aid stations offered gel, water and Gator-aid. Everyone who participated in the race were so friendly, and cheered for everyone. The best feeling is crossing the finish line, being handed a medal and being greeted by your loved ones. Honestly, in all the races I have ran, these medals from the Scary Run are really top notch.
After running the race, I headed towards the food. Included with your entry to the race is 2 drink tickets, and delicious food. This year there were many options for food, which included sandwiches, soup, doughnuts, bars, fruit and more. There were also different vendors offering swag and other fun items.
After getting some food and drinks, it was time for the awards. Why Racing Events are so great, they truly make everyone feel like a winner and that running any distance is an accomplishment. What a great example to teach our youth! This year, I placed 7th overall and 3rd female with a 10K time of 45:05. While this is not my fastest 10k, I am still very happy with the results. They gave some pretty amazing prizes, like a medal holder, and Goodr Sunglasses. My kids were pretty excited about the candy I received as well.
While this is only my second time participating in a Why Racing Event, I know it will not be my last! Registration for next years event is already available, sign up HERE!