The Great Pumpkin Dash 5K/10K/Mile: Run the ‘Hood 2015 Race Central

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Since 2011, the Sisterhood has put on 12 fantastic semi-annual-ish virtual races for our readers, and we’re excited to announce the next race in our Run The ‘Hood series!

The Great Pumpkin Dash, a Halloween virtual 5K, 10K, & 1-Mile Fun Run, is happening on Saturday, October 31, 2015. Halloween races have always been our favorites (and yours, too!) with themes and designs, and this year won’t be a disappointment. We promise!

Each race we choose a charity to benefit, and this race we’re giving 15% of proceeds to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

So let’s do this!! It’s time to get registered and lace up your shoes so you can start training for our SPOOKTACULAR race. Whether you’re a runner or a walker–or somewhere in between–this race is for you! Big or small, we’ll have a shirt to cover your back and a sweet finisher’s medal to grace your neck.

Race registration opens RIGHT NOW and will remain open until October 4th, 2015.

Why do we close registration so far ahead of time? Well, that’s because we have some kick-ass race tees and medals that we need to print and ship to you ahead of time, so that you can show them off come race day!

What: The Great Pumpkin Dash 5K/10K/Mile Run & Walk: A Run the ‘Hood Virtual Race

When: Saturday, October 31st–any time of day!

Where: Everywhere! You can map your own course, you choose… running or walking, 3.1 miles or 6.2! Got kids? Register them for a 5K or 1-mile Fun Run! Have a local race planned that day? Great! Double down!

Who: Anyone from anywhere! All ages, abilities, walkers, runners, woggers… everyone can participate! We love our running groups and can offer a discount to your group of 5 or more! Email us for more info!

How: Finish reading this super-informative post, then click the button below to officially register!

Eventbrite - The Great Pumpkin Dash Virtual 5K/10K/Mile Run & Walk (Run the 'Hood)

The Charity: With every race that we host, we donate a portion of our proceeds to charity. This fall, we are choosing the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. This is a cause very near and dear to my heart, as 4 years ago I lost one of my most favorite women ever to this awful cancer. The charity awards grants to researchers working to better understand, identify, treat, and ultimately cure ovarian cancer.

C25K (couch to 5K) Training Group

We are planning a C25K training group for new or returning runners, which will take place the 9 weeks leading up to the race. Anticipated start date is August 31st, but keep an eye out on our Facebook page for an announcement soon! If you’ve never been a runner before, you might check out our series on How to Start Running Now for tips and information to start a successful running career.

Groups and Networking:

Check out the Facebook event page! It’s a great way to connect with other Pumpkin Dashers! Post on this page to find others in your area to run or walk with! Who doesn’t love company?

The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans has a Facebook page!

Check out our Run with the Sisterhood FB page for running support and motivation! Great for newbies and veterans alike!

Subscribe to The Sisterhood so you don’t miss a thing!

Other Virtual Race FAQs:

What if I’m busy on Halloween and don’t want to race that day? Understandable. You might have plans with your little ghouls and goblins –that’s okay! You can do the race prior to Halloween, or even the day after!

When will I get my race tee? Race tees will mailed out in time for you to wear on race day! We are hoping to do the same with the finisher’s medals! **international participants tees/medals/swag cannot be guaranteed to arrive before race day. Sorry.

What will they look like? The shirts will be eerily amazing! Who can resist a super soft tri-blend tee? Women -SIZE UP! They tend to run small! Men’s are true to size! Youth and 3XL shirts will be 100% cotton and run true to size also.

Pumpkin Dash shirt #runthehoodWhen does registration end? Registration will end on Sunday, October 4th, 2015. Why so much earlier than race day? See below!

Can I register late? Nope. Sorry. Once registration is closed, it’s closed. We need to get the t-shirt order into the printers so that everyone can get their tees in time for race day!

What about race results? After you finish your race, we will have a form to fill out with your race distance and time! Results will be separated into age brackets and published the following week!

Age brackets: Men’s and Women’s will be separate, ages as follows:

60 and over:
12 and under

I live for race bling, please tell me I will get a medal! Most definitely! The custom medals are going to be extra special this time around!

More questions? Email us!

Helpful Links:

Just getting started running? This post will point you in the right direction!

We have a whole library of informative posts devoted to running! Check them out!

Music: Need a new playlist to get you pumped up and running fast? We’ve got plenty!

We love DailyMile for logging our miles!

Need help mapping a route? Check out! There is also an app!

Have an iPhone? The RunKeeper app is an excellent way to track your routes/pace/miles!


This event wouldn’t be possible without the help of awesome sponsors! Coming soon! Interested in sponsoring and having your logo on this page and many others AND having a spot on the back of our race tees? Let’s talk!