Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you so much for supporting ABC House and the fight to end child abuse in Benton and Linn counties. We look forward to seeing you at the 8th Annual Runaway Pumpkin Half Marathon & 8K on September 29, 2018!


Online registration will remain open until 11:59pm on September 23. Below you will find a list of some frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact the ABC House Development Office at


What is the course like? 

This is a moderately level course. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you wind along the South Santiam River and enjoy the autumn countryside this area has to offer. 

What is the weather cancellation policy?


Our participants’ safety is top priority and if any of the threatening weather conditions listed below are present the day of the event, the event may be delayed or canceled. When weather conditions or other physical conditions present a danger to participants, Runaway Pumpkin officials maintain the right to cancel the event. Less threatening conditions may cause alterations to the course or the village area to ensure participant, volunteer, and community safety. Such conditions fall under the label “Mother Nature,” and will not result in refunding of any race entry fees or future event credits.


Runaway Pumpkin may be canceled or delayed if any of the following weather conditions exist: heavy rain, high wind advisory, thunderstorm, or other major weather conditions.


The start of the event may be delayed one hour from the posted start time if any of the above mentioned conditions exist. The event may then be canceled if any of the weather conditions persist. The Race Director, in accordance with the city and the local law enforcement, has the authority to cancel the event. If threatening weather conditions force cancellation of the event, no refunds can be provided, since funds were already spent in preparation for race day. In the event of cancellation, all participants will receive an email with information on how they can still receive their race shirt and participation medal.


Can I pick up my race packet before the day of the race?


Yes. We encourage you to do so!  You may also pick up packets for your friends.  Pre-race packet pick up will take place on Friday, September 28th from 4-8pm at Phoenix Inn in Albany. All runners and walkers will be notified of details via email two weeks prior to the event. Day of race packet pick up will begin at 7:30 AM at Cheadle Lake Park.

Where is Cheadle Lake Park?


37919 Weirich Drive

Lebanon, OR 97355







Where should I park?


From Hwy 20, turn onto Weirich Drive (one mile east of Walmart if you are coming from Lebanon). There will be signs to guide you along the way, but it will also be dark. There will be people dressed as pumpkins with flashlights at the corner of Weirich and Hwy 20 to get your attention. Watch for the entrance gate on your left. Please be safe with all the Runaway Pumpkin participants and volunteers. Friends and family may park in this location as well.   


What is the race day schedule?


7:30 AM - Packet pick up, gear check opens (behind food tent)

8:00 AM - Kids Zone opens, costume contest (near music tent)

8:30 AM - Costume contest prizes

8:50 AM - Begin lining up for Half Marathon

9:00 AM - Half Marathon race start

9:20 AM - Begin lining up for 8K

9:30 AM - 8K race start

10:30 AM - 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards

11:15 AM - Other top finisher awards

2:00 PM - Begin vendor booth tear down


Where do I register/check in?


For those unable to attend pre-race packet pick up on the 28th, check in will begin at 7:30 AM in the main village. There is no need to check in on race day if you attend Friday's pre-race packet pick up. Volunteer check in will be adjacent to the volunteer parking lot in front of the travel trailer.


Will there be a gear check?

Yes. There will be a place to keep your belongings while you run/walk. However, with close to 1,000 expected participants, be prepared to stand in line for a few minutes. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items and we cannot guarantee clothing dropped along the course will be returned. Please keep all valuables at home.

Is there a staggered start?

Yes. Runners will start in pace groups making it safe getting through the first portion of the course. It's a narrow path, so please be careful. At the start line there will be signs for “5 minute mile, 6 minute mile…” up to “10+ minute mile.” Please line up according to your anticipated pace per mile. Chip timing (placed in the race bibs) makes everyone's start time equal.

Will there be aid stations along the course?


Yes. There will be seven aid stations for the half marathon and two for the 8K. Each station will have water/Powerade, basic first aid, and porta potties. In addition, Clif Bars will be available at stations 4 & 5!


Should I wear a costume?


Umm, yes! Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be given to the winning costume participants. Simply arrive in costume at the race and head to the main stage for costume judging at 8:00 AM. Photos will be taken and winners will be notified by 8:30. You will still have plenty of time to warm up and take your place for the start of the race.


Can I purchase Runaway Pumpkin gear?


Absolutely! We will be selling Runaway Pumpkin themed t-shirts, hoodies, tumblers, socks, buffs, fleece ear bands, and more! Items will be available at pre-race packet pick up on the 28th and at the event. Cash, checks, Visa and MasterCard will be accepted both days and all proceeds benefit ABC House!


Can I bring my kids and other spectators?


The more the merrier! Strollers are allowed on the course. We have plenty of room for spectators and the finish line is a great place to hang out. Family Tree Relief Nursery will also be hosting a Kidz Zone during the event.


Can I bring my dog?


For the safety of the participants, spectators, and volunteers, it is recommended that you leave your four-legged friends at home. Please let your friends and family know that if they must bring their dog, dogs are not allowed in the race village area or near the finish line. Service animals as defined by the American Disabilities Act are always welcome and are the only animals permitted on the race course or the race village.

© 2017 by ABC House and the Runaway Pumpkin Committee.