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5 Halloween Fun Runs for Fitness 'Freaks'

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Halloween is nearly upon us once again. In just a few weeks there will be children of all ages walking the streets in their favorite character costume while munching on candy and looking for even more. If you want to get the most out of Halloween even before it gets here, consider doing one of the Halloween fun runs around town. Whether you're a seasoned runner or need a fresh start there are plenty of festive runs to choose from and there is still time to register.

Haunted Hay Run

The Haunted Hay Run is for Halloween "super fans"! This 3.1 mile course at Running Aces features track and trail running along with several obstacles. Your registration costs also include a ticket into Nightmare Hallow-Scream Park where you can enjoy food, live music and drinks.

Where: Running Aces (Columbus, MN)

When: Saturday, October 13th

Registration is open now through race day.

Spooky Family Fun Run/Walk 2.5K, 5K and Costume Contest

Looking for something the whole family can enjoy? The Spooky Family Fun Run may be what you're looking for. Proceeds from this run benefit the students, staff and programs of Northeast Metro 916. This race is open to all ages and abilities. Be sure to stay for the costume contest where prizes will be given away!

Where: Lakewood Hills Park, White Bear Lake, MN

When: Saturday, October 13th

Registration is open now through race day.

Halloween 5K Cross Country Fun Run/Walk

This 5K run/walk at Becker City Park is another great family option. Kids can run the full 5K or participate in the Kids 1K Fun Run after the race. There will be a costume contest here as well so be sure to dress up!

Where: Becker City Park

When: Saturday, October 13, 2012 (rain or shine!)

Registration is open through the 13th.

World's Largest Corn Maze Run

You could only find the World's Largest Corn Maze Run in Minnesota, right? You'll find this fun run south of the cities in Shakopee. They have a 5K option as well as a race option for children under 10 called the Kids Maze Dash.

Where: Shakopee, MN

When: Sunday, October 14th

Registration is open now through race day.

Halloween Fearless 5K - Chase Away Fears

"Only 4% of Americans ever run & less than 2% ever run/walk a road race! Most non-exercisers fear exercise, or fear that their own efforts to improve their health/fitness will be a fruitless waste of time."

Be the example your friends and family need to see to encourage them to chase away the fear of running and start moving! Pre-register now for the Halloween Fearless 5K which is in its 4th year. Enjoy cheerful volunteers, Halloween music, a designer shirt and more when you participate in this fun, festive race! Restrooms are heated and parking is FREE.

Where: Como Lake (St. Paul, MN)

When: Saturday, October 27th

Registration is open from now until October 24th OR until they get to 700 pre-registrants, whichever happens sooner!

Remember to check the weather forecast in the coming days to ensure that you dress accordingly and don't forget your costume!