The Haunted Forest Marathon, Half Marathon, & 5K

Sunday, October 27, 2024 • Canal Fulton, OH• Course Map

Get ready to run for your life at The Haunted Forest Marathon, Half Marathon, & 5K!

This race boasts a “fast, flat, and fun” course, and it takes that claim seriously. Runners will only experience 59 feet of elevation change in the marathon, and 40 feet of change in the half. (If you smash your PR, you’re invited to celebrate by smashing a pumpkin at the race’s finish line party.)

The half marathon course is an out-and-back race that follows the first 13.1 miles of the marathon. From the starting line on Erie Street in downtown Canal Fulton, runners head southeast along a crushed limestone and blacktop towpath trail until the turnaround at mile 6.5.

Then, they head back to the start/finish line, where half marathoners begin their celebration and marathoners start the second leg of their race, moving north on the Towpath Trail for another 6.5 miles.

Ample aid is provided along the route, with 13 water and porta-potty stops approximately every 2 miles. Gatorade and GU gels will also be offered at key aid stations, as well.

Throughout the race weekend, runners can get into the Halloween spirit, from a race expo held in a (family-friendly) haunted house to the spooky, decorated course.

Need more running in your weekend? The Haunted Forest partners with the Stark Board of Developmental Disabilities Great Pumpkin Race 4 Miler, held the day before in Canton, OH. If you want to run both the Great Pumpkin and any of the Haunted Forest races, you’ll be awarded a special 9 Lives Challenge medal, in addition to your other race swag!

Take Note

There are generous time limits for each of the races, making them a great choice for new runners. The marathon has a 7+ hour time limit, and the half marathon has a 4+ hour time limit. There is no time limit for the 5K.

Race Weather & Climate

Late October weather in Canal Fulton offers mild conditions for running. Expect cool, but potentially rainy, weather, with average daily temperatures ranging from 41°F to 56°F.

Past Results

See past results.

Course Map

See the race route map for The Haunted Forest Marathon & Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 8:00 AM for the Marathon and Half Marathon
  • 8:15 AM for the 5K


  • $100 for the Marathon
  • $90 for the Half Marathon
  • $40 for the 5K


To secure your spot in the 2024 running of the Haunted Forest Marathon, Half Marathon, & 5K, register here at

Official Race Website


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