Halloween-themed half marathons have been a tradition in Provo for many years, and this year’s Haunted Half will continue the tradition. Those who want to participate can still sign up.
With a half marathon, a 5K and a half-mile “kids run” on Oct. 25, the Haunted Half festivities will likely be an exciting event for families and participants of all ages. Dressing in a costume isn’t mandatory but highly suggested and encouraged.
Nicolette Nord, a senior at BYU, had nothing but great things to say about the race. “I’ve run Halloween-themed races in previous years because of the exciting and fun atmosphere,” Nord said. “It’s 13.1 miles of pure entertainment. Everyone is dressed in Halloween costumes, and the course is fairly easy.”
Race director Megan Jensen explained why The Haunted Half is exciting for students and families around the Provo area. “This particular half-marathon is such a blast because the environment is extra fun with costumes,” Jensen said. “It’s surprising some of the costumes people can actually run in.”
This will be The Haunted Half’s first year in Provo, although there have been other Halloween-themed races in Provo in previous years. Jensen explained how The Haunted Half got to Provo.
“We’ve held the race in Salt Lake City for three years now. The owner, David Bell, is a runner himself and wanted to bring a race to his favorite trail in Provo Canyon,” Jensen said. “So, when he learned that the previous company wasn’t hosting the Halloween half marathon anymore, he jumped on the opportunity.”
The half-marathon race begins up at the top of South Fork in Provo Canyon, runs along the Provo River Trail and ends at University Mall in Orem.
Every participant, in all three of the races, will receive a medal and a t-shirt. “Kids love to get a medal, and this race gives them the chance to experience the outdoors in a fun race environment,” Jensen said.
Topher Mitchell, a senior finance student at BYU, is signed up to run the race this year. “I am planning on running a full marathon, and I’m using The Haunted Half race to gauge where I am at,” Mitchell said. “I’m also looking forward to dressing up like a wizard.”
Online sign-ups for The Haunted Half close on Oct. 23, 2014.