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In October, adults and children alike will lace up their running shoes to participate in the National MS Society’s chip-timed, Halloween-themed Monster Scramble Buffalo 5K/10K fundraising event, full of chills and thrills, spooky costumes, and sweet treats. The event will also include a one-mile family fun walk. The run will … MORE
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    seagroves87 FIRST-TIMER '21

    I was initially going to do a different 5K that was closer to me this weekend but it went virtual so I had to Scramble and luckily found this Monster … MORE

    I was initially going to do a different 5K that was closer to me this weekend but it went virtual so I had to Scramble and luckily found this Monster Scramble. This is a Halloween themed 5K or 10K race that raises money for the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society. They have races in multiple locations including one in Rochester earlier this month when I was out of town. This one took place in a cemetery right outside of Buffalo and was about an hour drive. The cemetery was a great location for a Halloween race and had a lot of roads to run out so no road closures required. As I said in my last review for a $30 charity 10K I don’t necessarily expect road closures or a really exciting course. Parking was across the street from the cemetery. Packet pick-up was easy. There were a number of covid protocols in place. More than most races which I feel is very appropriate for a race that raises money for a condition where the treatment is often immunosuppression. Even though packet pick-up was outdoors you had to wear a mask at all times except when participating in the actual race. Packet included bib and T-shirt. It is a black cotton T-shirt with the Monster logo which is quite cute. The start area was set up nice for a small race. There was a little over 100 participants. The emcee was much more encouraging and not obnoxious. They also had a Zumba session before the race. A lot of participants were in costume and there was also a 1 mile walk so there were some cute kids in costume. The 5K and 10K started at the same time but were about 0.1 km apart. The larger 5K had a corral and a start flag. The 10K just a flag but the start was well coordinated and someone was there to start both groups. It was chipped time at the end but not the start but it was a pretty small race so not a big deal. The course is cool through the cemetery but since there is not 6 miles of road in the cemetery it is multiple loops. The 5K is one long loop and 1 short loop and 10Kers do it twice for 4 loops. It was great scenery for a Halloween race but I took a sneaker away since it was a little redundant with all the loops. The course was pretty well marked. There was definitely a marker at every intersection but some intersections just had arrows taped on the ground and if you weren’t paying attention they could be missed. There was a water station and volunteers at the most confusing point where the long and short loop deviates. They were friendly but it was just little water bottles (as I said there was appropriately a lot of covid protocols). The course is pretty flat. No true hills. Just some inclines. There is one incline that is a little longer on the long loop. Other than when I stopped and walked to answer a page, I ran the entire race. The finish area had an arch and you got your medal. The medal is on the smaller side but is again very cute with the monster logo. It is fine swag for a race like this. There was a good snack selection at the end with mini muffins, granola bars, cheez-its and a few other things with water, coffee and gatorade. It was actually a better snack selection than yesterday. My only complaint is they started putting everything away around the time I finished. I was one of the last runners but there were a few others running at about exactly my pace so it wasn’t like it was just me. They did give us food though. Overall this was a well done charity race. It was a much better race than yesterday and it was $20 less. If I am in town I would do this one again or the one in Rochester.

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