The Great Pumpkin Run

//The Great Pumpkin Run

The Great Pumpkin Run


Fall is way under way and the brisk mornings make for perfect 5K running weather. This morning I had the chance to run The Great Pumpkin Run at Crumland Farms. I typically only run a few 5k runs each year so I choose them very carefully and this race had everything I look for and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a fun 5k!

Easy parking! The parking is on the field not far from the start line. Getting into the parking lot took about 5 -10 minutes with traffic and the parking attendant volunteers were efficient and kept the line moving. Parking does cost $10, which isn’t included in your registration fees.



Same-day bib pick-up! The race offers bib pick up the day prior to the race at a local restaurant but we chose to pick it up the morning of. Be aware that the lines were long and if you plan on doing picking it up same day you should plan on 20-30 minutes to get your bib.

Smart starting line waves! When you register for the race, you can select your wave start time. The first wave started at 10:00 am and new waves went every 5 minutes. The last official wave start was at 10:35 am but they added three extra waves due to people still getting their bibs. I chose 10:05 am wave start and there was plenty of room between us and the first wave.



A fun course! We ran through corn mazes, on dirt roads, grassy paths, and all around the farm. The trail was wide enough so you could pass comfortably or run with a few of your running buddies. The course is a little more rocky than a road race but I’d consider it an easy technical course.



Fun thindsc_0576gs around the farm to keep the family busy while you run! My kiddo had fun playing on the slides, seeing the goats, and playing on the farm equipment.



















A nicely designed finisher’s medal and fun swag! Registration included a tech long sleeve or sweater, free pumpkin, and free apple cider. There were also a few food vendors and Pivot Physical Therapy supporting the race.




Would you run with a pumpkin? I did not choose to do so but the race also has a fun challenge of running the race with a pumpkin- You get an extra medal and are considered a tough pumpkin!


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  1. john hansen November 7, 2016 at 1:08 am - Reply

    sounds like fun.

  2. Kim November 7, 2016 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing! This is great info.

  3. Well if you get an extra medal? of course!

  4. Chrissa - Physical Kitchness November 7, 2016 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    SO fun!!! My sons LOVES petting zoos and farms. What a great family event!

  5. Emily @Sinful Nutrition November 7, 2016 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    This sounds like such a fun run, and a gorgeous day for it! The cider would be my favorite part, haha! 🙂

  6. Kerri Olkjer November 7, 2016 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    What a fun course! Great pictures.

  7. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables November 7, 2016 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    Haha what a fun run! I think running is hard enough so I don’t think I could run with a pumpkin haha

  8. Carmy November 7, 2016 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    Love that your son was entertained during your run! I love the shift towards more kid friendly activities during races so parents can run without worrying that their kids are bored!

  9. Sarah- A Whisk and Two Wands November 7, 2016 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    Heck yeah I’d run with a pumpkin! As a mom I use to run around all the time with a baby in my arms! Sounds like a fun race!

  10. Annmarie November 7, 2016 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    So fun! Love the finisher medal, that is awesome!

  11. Abbey Sharp November 7, 2016 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    Apple cider, pumpkins and a successful run, sounds like a great time!!!

  12. dixya @food, pleasure, and health November 7, 2016 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    running is a challenge as it is..i dont think i would with a pumpkin although its a fun thing to try if it was in a large group with costume and such.

  13. Ilka November 7, 2016 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    Haha! running the race with a pumpkin is just too awesome! I would actually sign up for that one!!! Love it!

  14. jill conyers November 8, 2016 at 4:44 am - Reply

    I love fun creative races like this. It’s the only way I can get my kids to run with me.

  15. Rebecca | NOURISHED. the blog November 8, 2016 at 9:30 am - Reply

    This race looks like it would be so much fun! I love how festive and fun fall can be. I don’t think I could ever run with a pumpkin lol

  16. Chrissy November 8, 2016 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    What a fun run idea? You get to run a fun course and the family gets to do something fun too. Awesome!

  17. Mikki November 8, 2016 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    This looks like so much fun. Love that they have things there for the kids to do too!

  18. Tara @ A Daily Dose of Fit November 8, 2016 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    What an adorable race…and medal!

  19. Kayla @ Blondes Have More run November 8, 2016 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    This looks way fun!!

  20. Esther November 8, 2016 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    What a fun run for fall! Love the bling!

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