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Indiana > Pumpkin Chase Road Race Half Marathon, 10K, 5K & 2K
Bristol, IN



Saturday, September 27, 2008

Event Details

Challenging, hilly terrain over northern Indiana's scenic rural, country roadways are the signature features at the Pumpkin Chase Road Race series of running events, which include a 13.1-mile half marathon, 10K and 5K races and a 2K walk, all of which are part of the Bristol Sports Festival held each fall in this small upstate Indiana town of the same name.

A smaller, more intimate race (the 2006 race drew fewer than 100 runners for the half marathon), the Pumpkin Chase Road Race takes participants on an out-and-back course starting at Bonneyville Mill County Park just outside Bristol, and follows a roughly clockwise loop through the countryside south of the park. Runners follow County Roads 131, 33, 14 and 27 before making their way onto County Road 8 for the home stretch back to the finish line.

As suggested by the race's name, the course takes runners on paved surfaces throughout the race -- there are no off-road trails of any kind. The race also has a later starting time than most running events; registration closes at 12:30 PM and the race starting time is at 1:00 PM.

The race also includes an event for cyclists, the Falling Leaves Bike Ride 10K, 25K and 50K races, which take place the following day (Sunday this year, a change from last year's race, when the bike ride preceded the running events).

Race Weather & Climate

Located in the northernmost part of the state just a few miles from the border with Michigan and about a half-hour's drive from nearby South Bend, the town of Bristol tends to see moderately warm to cool weather in the early fall, with occasional wet weather. In September, temperatures average between 76°F and 54°F, while rainfall averages just over 3.5 inches for the month.


$15 if registered by August 23, 2007
$20 between August 24 - September 21
$30 on the day of the race


Online registration is not yet available for the 2008 running of the Pumpkin Chase Road Race Half Marathon, or for the other races. Check this space later for updated information on how to register.



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