By Madysen McLain

Run for your life this Halloween day at the sixth annual Scary Run in Washougal, Wash. Runners and walkers looking for a fright are encouraged to dress in costume for race day on Sunday, Oct. 31. Participants can choose between half marathon, 10K and 5K races. All races will start and end at Reflection Plaza, Pendleton Way. The first race will begin at 8:30 a.m. “People are very excited,” said Karissa Schoene, race director. “We can’t wait to be back together in costume to celebrate Halloween.” The course follows the Lewis and Clark Heritage Trail, also known as Dike Trail. The compact path runs along the Columbia River with glimpses of Mt. Hood and the Gorge, Schoene said. Costumes are highly encouraged for the race, she said. Some of the past favorites included Jack from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and the family from “The Incredibles.” “It looks like you’re at one, big Halloween party,” Schoene said. Those with the best costumes will receive an award from event staff members, she noted. To kick off the event, she said, a flash mob will dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” The fun continues throughout the race as attendees make their way through the “Haunted Forest,” which is full of scary creatures. Following the race, vendors will provide nutritious treats and sweets including soup, sandwiches and free beer, she said. Schoene said Why Racing Events, who organizes the race, hosted the Scary Run last year as its first “live” running event of 2020. However, only three participants could start the race every minute due to COVID-19 regulations. “We had 600 people,” she said. “It took hours to get them all out there.” Schoene said all participants will start running or walking at the same time this year, as usual. Why Racing will donate a portion of the proceeds to both the Washougal School District and the Washougal Schools Foundation, she added.

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