Frankenthon Monster Marathon
Oct. 26, Cedar Park, Texas
Marathons can be frightening, especially when Frankenstein inspires the run. Despite the name, the Frankenthon is a small, friendly marathon perfect for newbies and seasoned marathoners alike. A scary, fast course, the Frankenthon covers 26.2 miles of concrete and crushed granite on the Brushy Creek Trail in Cedar Park. Comprising three 8.75-mile loops, this is an ideal marathon for spectators, especially since many runners dress in costume in the spirit of the season. If you’re in search of a laid back, well-organized event that offers a little something different, look no further.
Great Pumpkin Run for Research
Oct. 26, Shreveport, La.
Not only does the Great Pumpkin Run allow you to sport your favorite Halloween costume, but it also supports cancer research at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center at LSU Health Shreveport. Featuring a 5K run and health walk, a half-mile kids run, healthy lifestyle exhibits, bike demos, face painting, costume contests and pumpkin decorating, this event is fit for the whole family. Have fun and run for a reason at this year’s event, held at the Centenary College Gold Dome. Long-sleeved shirts go to the first 500 registrants, so sign up early.
Gnarly Neon 5K
Nov. 9, Houston, Texas
Revel in the colorful chaos at this year’s Gnarly Neon 5K. Perfect for all ages and speeds, you’ll be showered with neon for a full 3.1 miles, transforming you into a canvas of color. Setting it apart from other themed runs, this event is kicking things up a notch by adding DJs, live bands and colorful surprises around every corner. Costumes are encouraged and Gnarly Neon sunglasses are required, so gather up your friends and get ready to run and rock out in the most colorful way.