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Have a spooky and sensational time at this popular Halloween race

The VR Frightening 5K and Terrifying 10K is scheduled for Oct. 29 in Hamilton

Running events are always festive occasions but add Halloween to the mix and the fun times increase exponentially. Case in point, the spooktacularly good times at VR Pro’s annual VR Frightening 5K and Terrifying 10K.

The event, from the fine folks behind the winter classic Chilly Half Marathon, is scheduled for Oct. 29 at the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club.  

Both the 5KM and 10KM routes are out-and-back style courses that begin and end at the yacht club. Everyone who participates in the in-person event will get a festive lunch after the race.

Halloween costumes are encouraged and there will be prizes for the best dressed.

Now, we wouldn’t dare tell you what costume to wear, but we suggest something that keeps all your limbs free and ideally doesn’t involve wearing a large mask that could obscure vision. We don’t want anyone running into each other out there.

Here are a few that work well with running include the following:
1. A rabbit — just add ears and a carrot.
2. Minions — great for groups.
3. 80s workout wear — thinking leg warmers, leotards and headbands.
4. Superheroes — ideally one without a cape, which can create wind drag though.
5. And, of course, Forrest Gump from his running years.

All participants will receive a Halloween finisher medal, a long-sleeve technical shirt, and a goodie bag.

“The races start at the yacht club and head towards Bayfront Park,” says VR Pro’s Jessica Brake. “The 5K turnaround is at Bayfront and the 10K turnaround is at the bridge.” 

The route follows a scenic waterfront trail that winds its way along the bay and back to the yacht club.

For all race details, check out VR Pro’s website.

As always, the VR Pro team continues to work towards fostering a sense of community. The team’s Facebook group for runners has provided an opportunity to connect with each, share accomplishments and challenges. Make sure you check it out right here and take part by posting your walks, runs and Halloween running costume ideas!

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