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This year’s SoCal’s Halloween FIT FALL 5K & 10K will support our armed forces and anything in a uniform. It’s a kick off for a FIT FALL. We are combining the traditional Halloween/Harvest theme (so if that’s your gig, costume it up, join in games, costume contests, and super fun … MORE
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    runwalksarah FIRST-TIMER '18

    This is the third race I have run by Caren Ware Events. I am drawn to these themed races because I enjoy running in costumes. For this race, I pulled … MORE

    This is the third race I have run by Caren Ware Events. I am drawn to these themed races because I enjoy running in costumes. For this race, I pulled out one of my favorite running costumes — Joy from Inside Out.

    The event offered free race morning packet pick-up. It was unclear as to exactly what time pick-up was scheduled to start. The website listed both 6:30 and 7:00 am as the start time. I arrived at 7:00 am and had no difficulty walking right up to pickup my bib and shirt. The participant shirt was white, cotton and unisex. Score, a new work undershirt.

    The race information e-mail said that “real pumpkins” were going to be randomly raffled off. I did not see any real pumpkins, but they did give away C4 energy drinks, Anaheim Angels hats & blankets, Justin’s peanut butter products (yum!) and plastic pumpkin pales containing a shirt and energy drink. Small tombstone statues were given to the costume contest winners.

    A live band played shortly before the race started while the announcer gave away various prizes. The Kids 1/2 mile run was scheduled to start at 8:10 am. The 200 yard Diaper Dash was scheduled to start at 8:15 am. The 5K/10K mass start was scheduled to start at 8:30 am.

    Like many of these types of events, some walkers were unaware that runners should start towards the front and walkers should start towards the back. The course was an easy (but dull) out-and-back along the Huntington Beach bike path. This is the same course as the other Caren Ware Events I have run. The post-race refreshments included water, bananas, Rise Buddy baked brown rice chips, Nutrigrain bars and Halloween goodie bags containing 2 pieces of candy.

    Vendors included Hello Fresh, Rise Buddy and Unbelieva-bowl. Rise Buddy gave away a bag of chips to anyone who followed them on Instagram. This was in addition to the bag of chips you could receive upon finishing the race. The race information e-mail said to throw $5 in your pocket for an Unbelieva-bowl (acai bowl made with organic vegan ingredients). I brought exactly $5. Unfortunately the small 12 oz bowls were $9 and the large 24 oz bowls were $12. Unbelieva-bowl very generously made me a smaller sized bowl for my $5. They also took card, but I had left my wallet back in the car.

    Like the other Caren Ware Events I have run, there was no official event photographer. The race director and announcer took cellphone photos and video before and after the race to share on social media.

    The medal was a pumpkin and is designed to connect via magnets to the ‘Santa Claus with a Cause’ and ‘Run in the New Years’ medals. If you collect all 3 medals, you will receive a 4th medal complete the image (spoiler alert, it is a shoe).

    Overall, this is a casual, fun, family-friendly event. I am not sure if I will run it again next year, but I had a good time.

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