Saturday, 27 October, 2018
8:30am – 1:00pm
Whipple Dale Center

This race began in 1998 under the name Walk for Abilities to benefit Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities Special Olympics. The initial race had a total of 134 registrants between the 4 mile run and the 1 mile children’s fun walk. In 2003, the race became part of the Ohio Subway Challenge Series and the name was changed to the Great Pumpkin Race. The race occurs annually on the Saturday just before Halloween.

The event consists of a 1-mile Family Fun Walk/Run and a 4-mile competitive run. The USATF certified course winds through the Avondale neighborhood with the start and finish lines at the Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ Whipple-Dale Center.

Registrants for the 2017 event topped more than 500, including kids, avid runners, senior citizens, and Special Olympic athletes and coaches. All proceeds from the Great Pumpkin Race go to support all Special Olympic programs in Stark County to purchase athlete uniforms, venue rental costs and travel costs to competitions. Per Special Olympics regulations, all athletes participate in Special Olympics at no charge.

Contact: Denise Frangos
Race Volunteer Coordinator

2018 Race Sponsors include:
• Plain Township Fire and Rescue
• United Commercial Travelers
• Plain Township Rotary
• The Repository
• NatureScapes
• The Mustard Man
• Raising Canes
• Thrivent Financial

• Lisa Parramore 330-479-3934
• Paula Gardner 330-479-3750

Sponsorship Information

Register for the Great Pumpkin Race