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Halloween fun runs abound

Running in costume can mean warmth, hilarity, renewed giddiness and the challenge of headgear.

It begins with a low groan – the wind, perhaps? – and soon grows into an ominous drone that rattles the bones.

You turn and peer into the darkness.

Zombies! – and behind them, a reptilian beast, three witches, scattered pirates, two superheroes, a handful of huggable monsters, and a sprinting robot chasing a fleeing hamburger.

Sounds like a good time to run/zoom/fly/creep/lurch away as fast as you can, buoyed by wing or cape, and tickled by the breeze at the back of your neck. Yes, it’s that time of year again for the monster mash-up of fun run and Halloween dress-up.

Through the rest of the month, kids of all ages can run through streets and trails, vying for “boos, oohs and ahs,” for tricks and treats, and for the thrill of racing in waning light and cooling night.

Events in Anchorage and Fairbanks offer several chances for getting physical this Saturday, October 26.  The Skinny Raven Frightening 4k starts at 11 a.m. at the Captain Cook Hotel in downtown Anchorage and includes a costume contest for prizes, plus trick-or-treat aid stations every kilometer. Registration fees apply, but you can save money by joining as a family or team. 

Further north, the 32nd Halloween Family Run kicks off at 10 a.m. at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Patty Center. The free event includes 2k (paved and flat) and 10k (hilly) races with time bonuses given to runners in costumes. 

Anchorage ghouls can continue scaring up the trails in the Bonny Sosa Tuesday Night Race Series Costume Run at 6:30 p.m. October 29 at Kincaid Park. Distances vary from a few kilometers to 10k, with registration fees of $2 for kids, $10 for families.

It may feel a bit chilly (and chilling) outside, but you’re definitely not alone.