Pumpkins in the Park is Chicago’s Official Halloween race for the whole family, produced in partnership with the Chicago Park District. Participants enjoy:
- A chip-timed 5K run or kids' race
- Sponsor Giveaways
- A Complimentary Goose Island beer *for participants 21 and over
- A variety of food options
- Costume Contests for: Best Original Costume, Best Group Costume, Best "Star Wars" Costume
- Pie Eating Contest
CLIF Kid Spooky Sprints
The CLIF Kid Spooky Sprints is for kids 12 and under. Other kid-friendly activities include:
- Pumpkin Decorating
- Children's Costume Parade
- Popcorn Station
- Face Painting
- And more!
Proceeds from the Pumpkins in the Park 5K go toward the Chicago Park District’s Night out in the Parks. Night out in the Parks provides world-class performances in Chicago's neighborhood parks throughout the summer. With hudnreds of Movies in the Parks, live concerts, festivals and theatrical shows, there's something for everyone.
5K Participants will receive a gender-specific shirt and bib number. CLIF Kid Spooky Sprints race participants will receive a cotton t-shirt and finisher award.
The Pumpkins in the Park 5K uses the latest in race timing technology, the Chronotrack B-Tag Timing System. Timing devices will be distributed at Packet Pick-Up.
CLIF Kid Spooky Sprints
2 and under: 10 yard crawl/dash
3-5 years: 20 yard dash
6-7 years: 50 yard dash
8-9 years: 100 yard dash
10-12 years - ¼ mile
The 5K course runs through beautiful Lincoln Park. Hinckley Springs Water and Gatorade Endurance is available at the hydration station. Click Here to view.
Transportation and Parking
Help us reduce our carbon footprint! Fleet Feet Sports highly recommends carpooling, using public transportation, or riding your bicycle to the event.
To determine the best route to travel via public transportation, please visit theCTA's trip planner.
Bicycle parking will be available at the race site.
Limited street parking may be available. Paid parking is available at the Chicago History Museum lot, (Clark and LaSalle, with the entrance on Stockton Drive ) or in the Lincoln Park Zoo Lot (on Cannon Drive, just south of Fullerton) on a first come, first serve basis.
- The top three overall male and female finishers will receive awards
- Age group awards will be given to the top three finishers; age division results will be posted at the Fleet Feet Sports tent after the race, winners may pick-up thier award at that time
- The costume and pie-eating contest winners will also be presented with awards
Photographers will be onsite to capture the events of the day. Click here to see 2014 photos.
The Pumpkins in the Park 5K will take place rain or shine. If cancellation of the event is warranted due to dangerous weather conditions, announcements will be made race day at the race site. The event will not be canceled in advance. All decisions regarding cancellation will be made on site, race day.
If you would like to volunteer for the race please email Gerrie Rogalla.
2014 Results: Searchable
2013 Results: Searchable
2012 Results: Searchable | 5K Overall | Age Group
2011 Results: Overall | Age Groups
2010 Results: Overall | Age Groups
2009 Results: Overall | Age Groups
2008 Results: Overall | Age Groups
2007 Results: Overall | Age Division