First Annual Boal City Oktoberfest 5K Trail Race
Get ready for a spooktacular 5 K trail run on Sunday, October 8th, during the heart of Oktoberfest and peak fall foliage! For the most elite runners out there, get ready to push your limits and challenge yourself to the max. If you're 12 years old or younger, you can run with your friends and parents on the Mini Monster Trail Loop. And what's a Halloween event without costumes? Dress up and show off your spooky side - there are prizes for the most terrifying costumes. As a bonus, all participants 21 and older receive a brew to keep the Halloween spirit alive long after the run. And, of course, we have awards to show off your spine-tingling achievement. But beware- there may be some spooky surprises on the trail. Don't miss out on this hauntingly fantastic event. Are you courageous enough to join us?
Parking is only available at Boal City Brewery, 235 Old Boalsburg Ave Boalsburg Pa 16827. Pedestrians are advised to take extra care when crossing any streets, especially if accompanied by small children. All roads will be open to traffic, so please do not park along the streets in Boalsburg or in the nearby neighborhoods.
Packet Pick Up
Packet pick-up will be available race morning for one hour, from 9:30-10:30.
Mini Monster Trail Loop will pick up and will be available from 10:00-10:20.
Race Day Schedule
9:30 packet pick up begins.
10:20 Race safety meeting all Mini Monster Trail loop and parents report to the start on Old Boalsburg Road near the Halloween Arch.
10:30 Race registration closes promptly.
10:30 Start of Mini Monster Trail Loop
10:50 Race safety meeting all 5K Athletes report to the start.
11:00 Start of the Haunted Halloween 5K Trail Race
12:00 5K and Costume Award Ceremony
For the overall race winners, there will be a first, second, and third place for both males and females. The first-place male and female winners will engrave their names on the trophy. This trophy will be kept at Boal City Brewery. Overall, winners are not eligible for age group awards. There will also be age group awards for males and females, with the top three in each age division being recognized. The age divisions are as follows: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 & over. The overall awards will be determined by gun time, while the age group awards will be determined by chip time.
On the day of the race, all participants will be able to easily follow the marked trail. The Oktoberfest 5k trail race will kick off by the two stone pillars situated outside Boal City Brewery. As soon as the start "gun" goes off, the race will begin along the gravel driveway of the 200-year-old Boal Estate Mansion. You will pass beneath ancient oak and maple trees and keep going past Columbus Chapel on your left. The first part of the run will take you through recently cut farm fields that offer stunning views of the fall foliage. The trails are smooth and flowy, and they will take you through the Stan Yoder Preserve natural area and Blue Spring Park, both of which are managed by the Center Region Park and Recreation. It's important to note that this course isn't flat, and you will encounter a few hills along the way. Follow the trail arrows, run back to Boal City Brewery as quickly as possible, and enjoy a refreshing cold beer after your race. Beer and adventure make for the perfect combination!