7:00 AM: Packet Pick-up Begins
9:00 AM: 5K Begins
Lock 3 Park
Make the easy drive to Lock 3 Park in downtown Akron and you’ll quickly find yourself amongst fellow fall-lovers. The course heads south down Main Street before taking a turn towards the towpath. Meandering alongside the scenic canal provides an escape while still in the heart of the city. The late fall foliage will be on full display the entire 3.1 miles. Cool down with crisp apple cider and snap a photo with your medal at the finish line!
There's a bunch of reasons why you should sign up now rather than wait. Here's 5 of 'em:
Running is great but is always better when others tag along! Create a team with 4+ friends and each team member saves $5.
Add on the Tough Pumpkin® challenge and we’ll supply you with a pumpkin to run with. Cross the finish line with it and you’ll receive the exclusive Tough Pumpkin medal in addition to your regular finisher medal!
Get all the nitty gritty details so you’ll be ready to shine on race morning!
The earlier you sign up the better. Get the best price today!
Summer Savings Pricing 7/12-9/26: $39
Fall Frenzy Pricing 9/27-10/22: $44
Race Morning: $49
Parking is held in the nearby parking garages, surface lots, and meters. Please help minimize traffic by carpooling with a friend if possible.
We suggest arriving at least an hour and a half prior to race start to ensure minimal traffic and lines. Be a smart pumpkin and aim to park your car at 7:30AM.
Create or join a team with 4+ friends and each team member will save $5! Here’s how it works:
1) When this first person goes to sign up, they can choose to create a team.
2) That person is the designated team captain. He or she will enter a group name and password. The team captain can continue with his or her registration.
3) Once the team captain has signed up, they can share the team name and password so others can join. Please note that the team captain does not have to sign everyone up. Rather, each member can sign up and join the team to pay for their own registration, all while still receiving $5 off!
The official Participant Guide will be emailed to you a week before race day. It will have all the details including a course map, event schedule, and much more!
You have three options to receive your packet:
Mail My Packet: Add this on during registration for a nominal fee and we’ll ship your packet to you. This way, you can park and head straight to the start line on race morning!
Friday Night: Swing by the park the night before the race from 4-7PM to grab your packet. This will help avoid any race day lines and make race morning even easier!
Race Day: Race day packet pick-up will be held at the park beginning at 7AM. If waiting until race morning, we suggest arriving at least an hour and a half prior to race start.
We are thrilled with where we are as a nation in terms of returning back to events. As of June 2021, we are full speed ahead and ready to bring back the race experience you’ve come to love: smiling faces, energetic environment, and a smooth experience from start to finish!
Your registration will also feature ‘Flexible Registration’. Once signed up, you can easily switch to a different location, transfer to the Virtual Run, or even defer to 2022, all free of charge!
Check out our blog post, ‘Gourdy’s Approach to Events’, to learn what to expect, how Flexible Registration works, and more!
During registration, you’ll need to choose a wave. Waves break runners, joggers, and walkers into groups based on their expected pace. For example, Wave A is designated for runners maintaining a pace of 8:30/mile and under. On the other hand, Wave G is designated for those that want to walk with friends!
During registration when you select a wave from the dropdown menu, it will display the pace for that wave. Your best bet is to first decide if you plan on running, jogging, or walking and choose one of those waves. From there, estimate your pace to the best of your ability.
Not sure what wave is best for you? No worries! We suggest choosing one now as you can always edit it later. The event and waves are limited in size, so choose now for the best availability!
On race morning, Wave A will start right at 9:00AM. Once they clear the start line, the next wave will go, and so on. It’s a super easy process that helps alleviate crowding on the course and makes the entire 3.1 miles more enjoyable for all!
Absolutely! In fact, about 1/3 off all participants choose to walk the course. You’ll have a bunch of support and we’ll be waiting for you at the finish line to cheer you on!
We have two waves dedicated for walkers: Wave F and Wave G. Wave F is for solo walkers while Wave G is for groups that are walking together!
Want to prepare for the Gourdy’s Pumpkin Run with a purpose? Become a fundraiser for Girls on the Run® to join the Empowerment Patch! Fundraisers who reach $250 raised will earn their registration fee back. Want even more exclusive swag? Check out the levels below to see what you can earn for making a difference:
$250 – Refund of your registration and an exclusive Girls on the Run® & Gourdy’s Pumpkin Run medal!
$425- The above and an exclusive Girls on the Run® & Gourdy’s Pumpkin Run Training Shirt
$750- The above and an exclusive Girls on the Run® & Gourdy’s Pumpkin Run Crewneck Sweater
$1,000- All of the above and an exclusive Girls on the Run® & Gourdy’s Pumpkin Run Big Comfy Hoodie
When you go to sign up, simply choose the ‘Fundraise for Girls on the Run® 5K Run or Walk’ option to get started!
Gourdy has designed some great merch this year! You can grab some during registration or head to Gourdy’s General Store here if you’re already signed up.
Each year’s designs are a closely guarded secret that Gourdy reveals late summer. Click these photos to view previous year’s designs and you’ll get a good idea of what to expect:
Girls on the Run® is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. Inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running, Girls on the Run transforms the lives of girls across the country by teaching them critical life skills that stay with them for a lifetime. The Girls on the Run program culminates with a 5K celebration, where girls experience confidence and unstoppable strength as they cross the finish line. Gourdy’s Pumpkin Run has partnered with Girls on the Run for the 2021 season. With your help, let’s work together to get more girls across the finish line