Before you hit the street to trick or treat, take your Halloween costume for a spin around Mount Greenwood Cemetery at the Tombstone 5K.
After a two-year hiatus due to COVID, this family friendly event invites runners and walkers of all abilities to kick-off the Halloween season among the gravesites and monuments in one of the area’s most historic cemeteries on Sat., Oct. 15, 8:30 a.m.
Planned and presented by Running Excels, the Tombstone run 5K is chip-timed and offers an option for an untimed walk. The race route meanders through Mount Greenwood Cemetery, 2900 W. 111th St.
The race gives runners the opportunity to debut their unique, scary, and adorable Halloween costumes as well as Best Costume Contest with prizes!
Race fees are $40 for the run and $35 for the untimed walk, with information and online registration open at runningexcels.com, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.
Runners who register by Fri., Oct. 3 will receive a Tombstone 5K hoodie in their race packet. Packet pick-up is Thurs., Oct. 13 and Fri., Oct. 14, 12 to 6 p.m. at Running Excels, 10328 S. Western. Race day registration is 7:30 to 8 a.m. at the cemetery; fees increase $5 on race day, and participants are not guaranteed to receive a hoodie. Parking will be available on 111th Street and on residential streets on race day; there will be no parking in the cemetery.
Top female and male runners will receive a pair of Brooks Ghost running shoes courtesy of Running Excels. The top three male and female finishers in each age category will receive medals.
Post-race activities include refreshments, complimentary face painting, and voting for the best costume.
For safety reasons, bikes, skates and pets are not allowed on the race course. Jogging strollers are permitted..
The Tombstone 5K is co-sponsored by Running Excels, Mount Greenwood Business and Community Association, and 95th Street Business Association.