7:00 AM: Packet pick-up opens
9:00 AM: 5K starts
You’ll start in the heart of Akron as you head south down Main Street before taking a turn towards the towpath. Meandering alongside the scenic canal provides an escape while still in the midst of the city, with fall foliage 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!
Easy as pumpkin pie:
Running 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. After you cross the finish line, 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!
Thru March 19th: $34
March 20 – September 10: $39
September 11 – October 8: $44
October 9 – October 20: $49
Race morning: $54
3 gourd reasons to sign up now:
Celebrate the season with friends by creating a team! It’s easy as pumpkin pie:
1) The first person to sign up creates the team.
2) That person is the designated team captain. They will enter a team name and then finish their own registration.
3) Then, they can share the team name and password so others can join!
The sweetest part? Each team member will save $5 on their registration!
The team captain does not have to sign everyone up. Rather, each team member can sign up and pay for their own registration, all while still receiving $5 off!
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!
We always need volunteers to help make the race a success. There are several shifts to choose from when signing up as a volunteer. Besides having a great time, you’ll receive:
-Choice of a FREE race registration or a donation made to Girls on the Run
-Exclusive volunteer shirt + beanie
Down to help out? View available shifts here!
The official Participant Guide will be posted here a week prior to race day.
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.
You have two options to receive your packet:
Friday Night: Swing by the plaza the night before the race from 4-6PM 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 plaza beginning at 7AM. If waiting until race morning, we suggest arriving an hour and a half prior to start time.
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!
Whether you’re looking for training gear for the warmer months ahead or something cozier for those cool fall days, Gourdy’s General Store has you covered!
Browse the ever-popular Training Tank Top, Crewneck Sweater, and more. Plus, if you spend $50+, you’ll earn free shipping!
You receive chip timing and free digital photos as part of your registration. They’ll be posted here shortly after you cross the finish line!
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Beyond the experience, you’ll also receive swag that’s perfect for the season. From the lightweight tech hoodie to the finisher medal, all are designed with fall running in mind!
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 2023 season. With your help, let’s work together to get more girls across the finish line