Halloween is sneaking in for the coming weekend, along with the first of November. As the autumn season zooms by, Wisconsin and area runners sprint off to scores of races and running activities from Monday, October 26, through Sunday, November 1. The week’s top picks include the Badgerland Striders Lakefront Discovery Run, the Dia de los Muertos 5K Run/Walk, the Milwaukee Running Festival Marathon and Half Marathon and Milwaukee Miler Race, and the Pumpkin Smash Mud/Obstacle Race (CANCELED). Additional area running highlights include endurance races, fun runs, Halloween costume runs, kids runs, marathons and half marathons, training races, zombie runs, and more.
Run through the week’s intriguing lineup of races and special running events in and around Wisconsin, arranged alphabetically for easy reference. No area public running events have been reported for Monday, October 26, or Tuesday, October 27, although runners will surely train at individual locations on those dates.
The Libertyville Running Club has a Wednesday Fun Run and Costume Contest at Cook Memorial Park in Libertyville, Illinois, on October 28.
Thursday, October 29, is National Oatmeal Day. It’s also the date of a Fond du Lac Running Club Pub Run at Peebles Grill, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin; the Madison College Turkey Trot 5 Mile Run / 5K Run-Walk / Kids Turkey Trot Race at Warner Park in Madison, Wisconsin; a Minnesota Orienteering Club Adventure Run at French Regional Park in Plymouth, Minnesota; and Tri Faster Train Stronger at Greenfield, Wisconsin.
The last Friday of October is Frankenstein Friday. Friday, October 30, brings the Scare in White Bear 5K and Kids’ Run at White Bear Lake, Minnesota, the Sole Sisters Club Costume Dash and Halloween Bash at Leff’s Lucky Town in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin; and the St. Rose and St. Mary’s Halloween Hustle 5K at Clintonville, Wisconsin.
Halloween is Saturday, October 31, along with the 13×1 Mile Relay Competition at Lincoln Park in Chicago, Illinois; the Badgerland Striders Lakefront Discovery Run at Milwaukee, Wisconsin; the Carson Park Half Moon 5K Run-Walk at Eau Claire, Wisconsin; the Chicago Monster 5K/10K and Half Marathon at Arvey Field in Chicago, Illinois; the Dia de los Muertos 5K Run/Walk at Walker’s Square Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; the Erin Hills Fun Run 5K and 1 Mile at Erin, Wisconsin; the Great Pumpkin Chase 5K Trail Run at La Crosse, Wisconsin; the Halloween Kiwanis Run for Kids at Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin; the Hot Cider Hustle 8 Mile Run-Walk at Danada Forest Preserve in Wheaton, Illinois; the I Ain’t Afraid 5K/10K Breast Cancer Awareness Run at Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and a Libertyville Running Club Saturday Long Run at Cook Memorial Park in Libertyville, Illinois.
More running events in and around Wisconsin on Saturday, October 31, include the MRF (Milwaukee Running Festival) Milwaukee Miler Race at Milwaukee, Wisconsin; the Paint Racine Purple 5K Run-Walk at Racine, Wisconsin (CANCELED); the Saukville Scare 5K Run-Walk at Saukville, Wisconsin; the Skeleton Scurry 5K and Kids Run at Lake Lawn Lodge in Delavan, Wisconsin; the Wisconsin Field Hockey 5K Run at Milwaukee, Wisconsin; the YMCA Freaky 5K and Kids Run at Appleton, Wisconsin; and the Zombie Fun Run at Watertown, Wisconsin.
Sunday, November 1, boasts the Hixon 35K/50K Trail Run at La Crosse, Wisconsin; the Madison College Turkey Trot 5M / 5K at Madison, Wisconsin; the Milwaukee Running Festival Marathon / Half Marathon / 5K at Milwaukee, Wisconsin; the Pumpkin Smash Mud/Obstacle Race at Big Foot State Park in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; the Rails to Trails Marathon / Half Marathon / 5K / Fun Run at Norwalk, Wisconsin; and the Run of the Dead Endurance Challenge at Old School Forest Preserve, Libertyville, Illinois.
Lots of these Wisconsin and area races and running activities insist upon advance sign-ups, although some may offer race-day enrollments and packet pickups. Runners, event volunteers, spectators, and other attendees are smart to double-check arrangements with race organizers or event hosts, as dates and other details are subject to change.