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Pumpkin Run set for Oct. 17 in West Haymarket

Pumpkin Run set for Oct. 17 in West Haymarket

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Pumpkin Run

Elementary school kids participate in a previous Pumpkin Run at Pioneers Park.

The 19th annual Pumpkin Run, a one-mile fun run for youth runners, is set for Saturday, Oct. 17 in the West Haymarket, beginning and ending near the Cube in the Railyard. More than 50 schools are expected to be represented.

Heats will be held every 20 minutes from 8:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. and are divided by grade and school size. Each runner receives a shirt, along with other gifts and goodies from sponsors. Several vendors will be on hand with games and giveaways as well.

The entry fee is $12 through Sept. 25 and $15 from Sept. 26 to Oct. 15. Those interested in running, donating or purchasing booth space at the Pumpkin Run can register or find more information at PumpkinRunLincoln.com.

Last year, more than 4,000 kids participated, shattering 2013’s record of 3,767 total runners. Twenty-four area schools earned awards for having at least 10% of their students participate.

The Pumpkin Run is conducted by the Nebraska Sports Council with assistance from Lincoln Public Schools, the City of Lincoln and the Lincoln Track Club.

Allo Communications, Lincoln Pediatric Group and Home Real Estate are the presenting partners; Hohl Orthodontics is the medal sponsor. Other major sponsors include Grinnel Mutual and Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs. Contributing partners include Dietze Music, Dean Machine, 106.3 KFRX, Honda of Lincoln, Pepsi-Cola of Lincoln, Allstate, Empire Fence, Tan-Aire, Aqua Systems, Lincoln Running Company, Medical Reserve Corps, Sun Valley Lanes, Screed Solutions and Sysco-Lincoln.

The Nebraska Sports Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to promote healthy and active lifestyle choices. Platinum partners include Farmers Mutual of Nebraska, Pepsi-Cola of Lincoln and Nebraska Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine.

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