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2023 Great Pumpkin Race

Join us for the 25 Anniversary of the Great Pumpkin Race!

Join us for the for the 25th Anniversary Great Pumpkin Race on Saturday, October 28 at the Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities, 2950 Whipple Ave NW, Canton, OH 44708.  

Our race headquarters offers inside holding areas and restroom facilities. Wheelchairs, strollers and dogs are welcome at our family friendly, inclusive event.  In addition to the road events, we have pumpkin cart racing, pumpkin decorating and the chance to Guess the Weight of the Giant Pumpkin!

This is an In-Person Race!
As we return to in-person racing, we will follow current CDC and state of Ohio guidelines for events and crowds. At this time we do not offer a virtual race option.

Want to make the entire weekend spooky fun? 
We are partnering with Run To You Racing The  Haunted Forest Marathon, which is run the day after in Canal Fulton. Those who complete BOTH the Great Pumpkin 4 Miler AND ANY of the Sunday distances will receive a special 9 LIVES CHALLENGE MEDAL.

Register for The Haunted Forest Marathon

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Packet Packet Pickup
Friday, October 27 at 4:00-6:30 PM
Saturday, October 28 starting at 7:00 AM

100 Yard Lil' Pumpkin Dash (Ages 7 & Under) begins at 8:15 am.  Kid-friendly f
inisher medals for the 100 Yard finishers.  This is a untimmed event!

1 Mile Fun Run/Walk
begins at 8:30 am.  Finisher medals given for the 1 mile finishers.  This is a untimmed event and not part of the Challenge Series event!

4 Mile Run/Walk & Team (minimum 4-no maximum, individuals will be scored individually in addition to be scored as a team) begins at 9:00 am. This is a timed event and qualifies for the Challenger Series.

Top 3 male and female finishers
Top 3 male and female finishers in age groups 1-12, 13-15, 16-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, & 80-Up
Team category...prizes for the top team in the 4 Miler, as well as the team with the most registrants combined in the Lil Pumpkin Dash, 1 Miler Fun Run/Walk and the 4 Miler. 

Long-Sleeve Performance Tee/Special Runner's Gift for all registrants. Discount is available for a No Shirt option of $8 up to Race Day!  Shirt only option is also available for those who want to support our event.

Special Olympians...whether they are past, present or potential athletes...are encouraged to join us and can register at the Special Olympian pricing. Buddies or caregivers are welcome to walk along at no cost.

Since our race began in 1998, we have raised thousands of dollars to support Special Olympic athletes in the Stark County area. More than 500 people with developmental disabilities living in Stark County participate in Special Olympics programs. The year around programs include: basketball, bowling, softball, swimming, and track and field. Proceeds from the Annual Great Pumpkin Race help purchase uniforms, equipment, field/venue rental and much more for the athletes.  Special Olympics Ohio - Stark DD is a 501c3 organization. All funds raised stay LOCAL to support local athletes.  Donations can also be given by going to this link fundraiser page, donations can also be made through the registration process.

Course Map is USATF Certified #OH18014MW.

Please Contact Lisa at ParramoreL@starkdd.org if you have any questions.