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Didn’t find the information you were looking for on our events or information page? Check out some of our frequently asked questions to see if we have an answer for you. If you still have questions about an upcoming race or one of our 5k fun runs, fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page.

I signed up for the Virtual race. When will I receive my packet?

We started shipping packets the last week of August. We send orders out based on when you signed up. For example, those that signed up in April will receive theirs before those that signed up in May and so on. We expect to continue shipping packets through early October. Once your packet ships, you should receive a confirmation email with tracking!

Please note that you do not have to have your packet in order to complete your 3.1 miles. Feel free to head out whenever and knock out your run or walk! You can submit your time by clicking here. 

I added the Mail My Packet option to my registration. When will I receive that?

We ship packets ~1.5 weeks prior to race day. If you haven’t received it within a few days of race day, please contact us using the form at the bottom of this page so we can track it for you!

I see there are different corrals to choose when registering. Explain, please!

We have moved to a new corral system in order to ensure an even better experience on race morning! Essentially, you will be lined up according to your projected pace. Faster runners will be up front, joggers in the middle corrals, and walkers will be lined up in the back. When signing up, you can use the dropdown menu to select a corral and see the pace requirement.

You should be ready to go and line up at the start of the race, even if you are in a later corral. Once corral A leaves, we will send subsequent corrals onto the course every few minutes.

If you are unsure of your exact pace, no worries! Simply choose a slower pace (or even the walking corral!) As you train during the summer and realize your expected pace, you can easily log-in to RunSignUp to manage your corral selection!

What is The Great Pumpkin Run?

In a nutshell: The Great Pumpkin Run celebrates everything that is great about fall with a healthy dose of physical activity! You can run, walk, skip, or jog through the beautiful course. After you cross the finish line, celebrate fall with apple cider, pumpkins, and more!

Are strollers allowed?

We do not allow strollers or wagons on the course. While they are allowed at the event, they will not be permitted to enter the corral or course at any point.

Can I volunteer?

Of course! We always need some helping hands on race morning. Volunteers receive a free race registration/free future race registration, the ever-popular long sleeved shirt, light snacks, and a great time! Please choose an event near you, scroll down to the volunteer section, and click ‘Volunteer Sign Up’ to choose a shift!

What if I do not run?

We encourage people of all levels and abilities to come out and join us. The course itself is extremely scenic and fun. Whether you run it, walk it, or somewhere in between, you will have a great time. In fact, about 1/3 of last years participants walked!

Do I have to register my kid?

All participants on the course must be registered. If you plan on bringing the whole family, we encourage you to create a team, as each team member will save $5. Be sure to select a youth sized shirt when registering the younger kids! Please note that strollers and wagons are NOT permitted.

Can my friend run in my place?

Sure! You can transfer your registration to your friend via your RunSignUp.com account! Simply log in, click on “My Registered Races” and then “The Great Pumpkin Run.” From there, click “Participant to Participant Transfer” and you can send it to a friend! There is a bib transfer fee that can be covered by either you or your friend. Please note that this is only available until the night before the race. Race day bib exchanges are not allowed.

Are there awards?

Every finisher will receive a 2018 medal. The Great Pumpkin Run is a fun run that celebrates everything that is great about fall. With that said, there will not be individual awards or prizes.

What’s up with team registration?

Let’s break it down in 3 easy steps:
1. Someone registers and elects to create a team.
2. They tell their friends to join their team.
3. Everyone on the team saves money!

Now, here are all the details:
The first person to register creates the team. Be sure to confer with your friends ahead of time to come up with the best team name of all time. The first person to register then tells all their friends to join. Everyone who joins will save $5 on whatever registration they choose. You do NOT have to elect the same options or waves in order to be on the same team. For example, if Andy wants to register for the 5K run but Erica wants to do the 5K with the Tough Pumpkin option, it’s totally fine!
Please note: The Great Pumpkin Run does have participant caps. Once the event is sold out, others will NOT be able to join your team. Encourage your friends to register soon to avoid any problems! The race usually sells out in the summer. 

While not required, we highly encourage teams to come out in some sort of cool costume!

What types of terrain will I be running on?

While it varies depending on the farm and weather conditions, you can expect to traverse dirt roads, paths, open grassy fields, gravel, hay, and, corn fields. Please note that if it rains in the days leading up to the race, the course WILL become muddy.
For urban runs, you can expect to traverse dirt paths, roads, bike paths, grass, streets and more!

How long is the course?

The Great Pumpkin Run is a 5K (3.1 miles) course. Considered the perfect race distance, you can run, walk, or jog the course!

Is there a limit to how many people can participate?

Yes. Each event has its own capacity. Register early to not only save money but guarantee your spot! Once the race sells out, we cannot allow any more people to join, even if your friends are registered.

What do I receive with registration?

Each registered participant will gain entry into this awesome run/walk, 1/4 zip tech hoodie, 2018 finisher’s medal, apple cider, commemorative bib with chip timing, a small pumpkin, and free race photos!

Is it timed?

Of course! Although The Great Pumpkin Run is meant to be a fun, festive run, we will still provide state-of-the-art chip timing to each participant so you can see how you did. We can even text your time to you and your friends!

Can I bring Fido?

Assuming Fido is your dog, unfortunately no. While we love dogs, they cannot come to the race.

What is the Tough Pumpkin option?

Apparently, some people think running isn’t tough enough. The Tough Pumpkin option lets you choose a pumpkin up to 10lbs. to carry with you throughout the entire race. Whether you hoist it over your head or hold it like a baby, just be sure to cross the finish line with it in your hands (and intact!) and you will receive a cool, commemorative Tough Pumpkin medal. And yes, you can take the pumpkin home with you! You will receive this medal in addition to your finisher’s medal. You read that right, TWO MEDALS.

What if it rains?

The Great Pumpkin Run is a rain or shine event. If it rains the night before or day of, you may want to wear a pair of older running shoes. The trails may become muddy. Please note that there are no refunds for any reason, including inclement weather. If Mother Nature really misbehaves and conditions become unsafe, we will delay the start. If we have to cancel because of weather or other reasons beyond our control, you will still be able to pick up your hoodie and pumpkin! Please see the full cancellation policy on the RunSignUp page.

I can no longer attend. Can I get a refund?

There are no refunds for this run. If you’d like a friend to pick up your shirt, just send him/her with a copy of your registration confirmation and a copy of your ID.

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