Akron 5K & 10K

Event Information

UPDATE: Please take a few moments and read the official Participant Guide by clicking here!

The 5K is now officially sold out. We have ~20 spots remaining for the 10K.

Tackle 3.1 or 6.2 miles this fall before celebrating with apple cider at the finish line. Scroll down for all the details then hit ‘Register Now’ to secure your spot for the Ohio 5k & 10k!

Fall Tradition

Akron 5K & 10K

Lock 3 Park

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Lock 3 Park

200 S. Main St. Akron, OH 44308

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About the Location

The Great Pumpkin Run is coming back to downtown Akron this fall! Join us for the ever popular 5K or opt for the new 10K. After dashing through the streets and trail along the river, celebrate everything that's great about fall at the finish line with a cup of apple cider in hand!

October 20, 2018 Packet Pickup Begins at 7:00 AM Waves Begin at 9:00 AM for (10K) and 9:10 AM for (5K)

What You Get

Sure, the real reward is an awesome event where you get to run a race with your friends, but we want you to have some sweet gear to remember your experience by.

Unique 2018 Race Day Shirt

Unique 2018 1/4 Zip Race Day Tech Hoodie

Custom 2018 Finisher's Medal

Custom 2018 Finisher's Medal

Commemorative Event Glass

Apple Cider and Your Own Small Pumpkin

Hard Cider Run Event Perks
Sign Up Today and Receive the Following:
  • Entry to the Ohio 5k or 10k
  • Lightweight 1/4 zip tech hoodie, perfect for fall running
  • 2018 finisher's medal
  • Commemorative bib
  • Chip timing with text/email notifications
  • Cup of apple cider at the finish line
  • Small pumpkin to take home
  • Free professional race photos
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Event Options

Tough Pumpkin Akron
Tough Pumpkin Badge
Tough Pumpkin

Add on the Tough Pumpkin option and we’ll supply you with a pumpkin to run with before the race. Cross the finish line with it intact and you’ll receive a second, exclusive Tough Pumpkin finisher medal that pairs perfectly with the regular bling!

Virtual Run/Walk
Virtual Run Badge
Virtual Run/Walk

Can’t make it to The Great Pumpkin Run this year? No worries! Check out the always-popular Virtual option. Run or walk 3.1 miles in your own neighborhood any day this fall. We will ship you your lightweight tech hoodie and bib ahead of time followed by your finisher’s medal. Check out the details and sign up here.

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Registration & Pricing

Fall Frenzy pricing for the Akron, Ohio 5k and 10k is now available! Save money on your registration by signing up today, and save an additional $5 by creating or joining a team with 4+ friends.


March 23, 2018 - April 8, 2018

5K $30

10K $45


April 9, 2018 - July 29, 2018

5K $35

10K $50


July 30, 2018 - September 23, 2018

5K $40

10K $55


September 24, 2018 - October 19, 2018

5K $45

10K $60

Limited to 3,500 participants. Race day registration (if the event isn't sold out) is $50 for the 5K and $65 for the 10K. Sign up today to guarantee a spot and receive the best price!

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Team Registration

Want to save $5 on registration? Create or join a team with 4+ friends and each person will save. It’s better to run together, so round up your crew, sign up together and get to training for one of the most fun 5k/10k races in Akron!

During the initial steps of the registration process, you will have the opportunity to create or join a team. Look for the green 'Join Team' box after selecting your distance (5K or 10K). From there, you can either create a new team or join an existing one!

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Packet Pick-Up

There are several convenient options for picking up your race packets. We like to make it easy for our runners to focus on the race, and not have to worry about the logistics of packet pick-up.

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Early Packet Pick-up

Swing by the park the night before from 4-7PM to grab your packet and avoid race day lines!

Race Day
Race Day

Beginning at 7:00AM race morning, you can head to Lock 3 Park to retrieve your packet!

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Mail My Packet

For a nominal fee, we can mail your packet straight to your door! This option is available until October 6th.

Get Involved

  • Hand

    We’d love to have you help out on race morning. As our way of saying ‘thank you’ for volunteering, you’ll receive the awesome longsleeved volunteer shirt, light snacks, and a free race registration. Click here for details, available times, and to sign up to volunteer!

    Want to learn more? Click the link below: More Information

    Volunteer Sign Up
  • Pumpkin Support League
    Spread the Word

    Running is great and all, but it’s even more enjoyable if you bring a bunch of friends. Become a PSL member and get rewarded for referring friends, family, and coworkers! After you register for the race, you will be given a unique URL to share. Once five people register using your link, you’ll automatically receive $20 back on your account! Share your link often, as you will get even more rewards after the initial $20 back.

    Want to learn more? Click the link below: Details on PSL

    Already Registered? Share Your Link!
  • The Great Pumpkin Run Fall 5K Challenge
    Fall 5K Challenge

    After signing up for the race, be sure to download the free Strava training app. We’ve teamed up with Strava to offer an exclusive Challenge badge! Download the free app below, join the Challenge, then sign up for the race this fall. You’ll also be eligible to win $500 at the end of the season!

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More Information

Here's some extra information that participants might find useful or interesting regarding this Great Pumpkin Run event.

  • Parking

    Parking is held in nearby garages, surface lots, and metered spots. Whether you’re traveling from Akon or outside of the area, we highly encourage carpooling to help reduce traffic on race day. Further, taking a cab or rideshare (i.e. Uber) would be another easy option. Please arrive early in order to avoid congestion!

  • Pumpkin Run Corporate Team
    Bring the Office

    Mix a little bit of fall magic into your corporate wellness program with the all-new Corporate Team option. Invite the office to head out to the race and enjoy benefits like your own Corporate Team race page, reserved 10×10 tent space at the event, and group payment options. Click the link below for all the details then hit ‘Request More Information’ to get started!

    Corporate Team Details

  • Marriottakron
    Stay the Weekend

    We have partnered with the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Akron who is offering a special rate of $129 + tax the night before the race. Book a room and stay within walking distance of the start line. You’ll enjoy this brand new, modern hotel with stylish rooms, free Wifi and parking, and it’s proximity to great bars and restaurants. A very limited amount of rooms are on the room block, so please reserve your room today by clicking here or by calling 1-800-321-2211 and mentioning The Great Pumpkin Run!

    Book a Room

Get Some Gear

Order one of these during registration and you'll be set for those long sessions in the gym (and also those fun happy hours!)

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See y'all in the fall!