Think you can outrun zombies? Sign up for a Halloween-themed race

Athletes run under a pumpkin arch at the Haunted Half Marathon. Photo courtesy Haunted Half

Do zombies make you run faster? Scared of the dark? Ever run a race dressed in costume?

Find out by signing up for one of the Halloween-themed races this month in the Austin area.

Haunted Half Marathon, Oct. 15: Those who brave this spooky run through the haunted hills around the cursed waters of Walter E. Long Lake get to run through a huge jack-o-lantern at the finish. The race starts at the Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker Lane, and benefits the Aspire To Be Foundation. For more information go here.

Howl at the Moon Adventure Race, Oct. 21: Teams of two will bike, run, paddle and crawl through caves at Colorado Bend State Park during this night-time adventure race, staged by Too Cool Adventure Racing. Athletes choose from a 2- to 4-hour sprint race or a 4- to 8-hour adventure sprint race. For more information, go here.

Participants in the Howl at the Moon adventure race will bike, run, paddle and crawl through caves – at night. Photo courtesy Too Cool Adventure Racing

Team Brock Halloween 5K Fun Run, Oct. 21: Don your favorite costume, go trick-or-treating and enjoy bounce houses, carnival games and a helicopter candy drop at this Round Rock race, which benefits The Cure Starts Now. The race takes place at 99 Twin Ridge Parkway. For more information go here.

Halloween Games 5K, Oct. 28: Run a 5K or 10K in costume, play flag football, eat homemade barbecue and more at the Gold Bar Association’s Warrior Games at Richard Moya Park, 10001 Burleson Road. The event honors veterans, future soldiers, the Austin community, and University of Texas students. For more information go here.

Hill Country Half Marathon, Oct. 28: Dash down a mostly flat, out and back course in your craziest costume at this Cedar Park race. Proceeds benefit the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas. For more information go here

Trek or Treat Zombie Fun Run 5K, Oct. 28. The Police Officers Association, Round Rock Partners in Education and Blue Santa team up to present a race course decorated with bats, ghosts, pumpkins and spiders and populated by zombies. Start and finish at the Dell Diamond, 3400 East Palm Valley Boulevard in Round Rock. Proceeds will fund scholarships and toys for Blue Santa. Dinner available for purchase. For more information go here.

Monster Smash Fear-mention 5K Run, Oct. 28: Dress in your scariest costume and bring your fastest legs to Spry Ranch, across the street from the Last Stand Brewing Company, 12345 Pauls Valley Road. The brewery is creating a special Monster SMaSH IPA for participants. For more information go here.

Spooktober, Oct. 28: Grab your costume for a chip-timed 5K, Kids 1K, resident run and fall festival at the Austin State Supported Living Center, 2203 W. 35th Street. Afterward, enjoy a petting zoo, bungee run, bounce house, carnival games and more. Proceeds will benefit the 184 center residents who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more information go here.

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