General Info

The 17th annual Pumpkin Run is a 1-mile youth cross-country fun run, the largest run of its kind in the nation!

DATE: Saturday, October 6, 2018

LOCATION: Seacrest Park, Lincoln (70th & A St. - View map)

MAP: Click HERE to view the 2018 Runner Map.


Session 1 – Large Schools: Heat 1 starts at 8:30 a.m.
Session 2 – Small Schools/Non-LPS Schools: Heat 1 starts at 10:30 a.m.

9:20 a.m. – Large LPS School Awards Announced
11:20 a.m. – Small LPS/Non LPS School Awards Announced

Runner order will start with oldest grades proceeding down to the youngest grades.

Please plan to arrive shortly before your scheduled run time. You DO NOT have to arrive at the beginning of your session. Carpooling is HIGHLY recommended as parking congestion is likely with over 3,500 runners and families.  

NOTE:  The Pumpkin Run is a NO SMOKING event.  Please refrain from smoking or vaping on LPS premises.  Also, for the safety of our runners and spectators, NO PETS, STROLLERS/JOGGERS or COSTUMES.




Heat Session Schools Grade Time
1 1 Large 5th & Above 8:30 a.m.
2 1 Large 4th 8:50 a.m.
3 1 Large 3rd 9:10 a.m.
4 1 Large 2nd 9:30 a.m.
5 1 Large 1st 9:50 a.m.
6 1 Large K & Preschool (4 & Older) 10:10 a.m.
7 2 Small/Non LPS 5th & Above 10:30 a.m.
8 2 Small/Non LPS 4th 10:50 a.m.
9 2 Small/Non LPS 3rd 11:10 a.m.
10 2 Small/Non LPS 2nd 11:30 a.m.
11 2 Small/Non LPS 1st 11:50 a.m.
12 2 Small/Non LPS K & Preschool (4 & Older) 12:10 p.m.


Large Schools Small Schools/Non-LPS Schools
Adams Beattie
Arnold Brownell
Belmont Calvert
Campbell Eastridge
Cavett Elliott
Clinton Everett
Fredstrom Hartley
Hill Holmes
Humann Lakeview
Huntington McPhee
Kahoa Norwood Park
Kloefkorn Pershing
Kooser Pyrtle
Maxey Randolph
Meadow Lane Riley
Morley Saratoga
Prescott Sheridan
Roper West Lincoln
Rousseau Wysong


Registration Information


$10 Per Runner: Through April 30
$12 Per Runner:  May 1 - September 21
$15 Per Runner: September 22 – October 4


Runners registering through their school must have their completed entry form to their P.E. teacher by Friday, September 21. Registrations WILL NOT be accepted through the schools after September 21.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, October 4.

On-site entries WILL NOT be accepted.

NOTE: Runners are encouraged to run without an adult / sibling.  However, an adult / sibling is allowed to run with their child free of charge. If the adult / sibling wants to receive a Pumpkin Run t-shirt with the run, they need to register online and pay the entry fee. PARENTS, GUARDIANS, TEACHERS AND/OR SIBLINGS OF REGISTERED RUNNERS MAY RUN AT THEIR OWN RISK OF LIABILITY.

Click here to register online!


Participant Packets

SCHOOL BOXES: Most P.E. teachers will have participant packets (Pumpkin Run shirt, free kids meal for Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs, and two free games of bowling at Sun Valley Lanes) available for the runners at their school sometime between October 3-5. Students typically will get their packet during their normal P.E. day. 

EARLY PACKET PICK-UP: Entries received via online registration after 5 p.m. on Monday, October 1 WILL NOT be available for pick up at the student’s school. Those late entry runners, along with the runners whose P.E. teachers don't provide packets at the school, can pick up their packets at the Nebraska Sports Council office (3260 Folkways Blvd., Lincoln – View map) on the following dates and times.

Tuesday, Oct 2 | 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct 3 | 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct 4 | 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Runners who are unable to pick up their packets during the week may stop by the Packet Pick-up tent at Seacrest Park the morning of the run. Depending on the number of entries that come in between October 2-4, shirt sizes may be limited on-site.


School Awards

Schools will be divided into a Large School Division (470 or more students) and a Small School Division (469 or less students). Award plaques will be given in the two divisions and award winners will be determined by the percentage of their student body enrolled in the race. The top three schools in each division will receive a plaque. Awards will be determined by entries received by Wednesday, October 5, and will be delivered to winning schools after the run. Schools with at least 10% of their student body registered will also receive a plaque.

9:20 a.m. – Large LPS School Awards Announced
11:20 a.m. – Small LPS/Non LPS School Awards Announced

Click HERE to view previous year's School Awards


Other Information

GIFTS & PRIZES: All participants will receive a Pumpkin Run t-shirt along with other gifts and goodies from our sponsors.

RUNNER RECOVERY: The runner recovery area is for registered participants ONLY. Parents and siblings, to assure that supply does not run out before the final heats, please do not drink from the runner recovery station.

PARKING: It’s best to enter Seacrest Field Parking lots using the east A St. entrances.

WEATHER: The Pumpkin Run will take place rain or shine. If there is lightning in the area, heats may be delayed.  Sorry, there are no refunds due to inclement weather.  If changes need to be made, announcements will be made on site and may be posted here or on the Pumpkin Run Facebook page.

PARTNERS: The Pumpkin Run is presented by Allo Communications and Home / Woods Bros Realty.  Contributing Sponsors are Lincoln Pediatric Dentistry, Sam’s Club and Complete Children’s Health.  Other contributors include:  Hohl Orthodontics, UNICO Group, Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs, LinPepco, Sun Valley Lanes, Sysco-Lincoln, Lincoln Parks & Recreation, Lincoln Public Schools and Tan-Aire.  Vendors and advertisers include: Klein’s Concessions, Kona Ice, Green Chiropractic, CostCo, Vinnie Krikac State Farm Agency and Lost in Fun.

BOOTH OPPORTUNITY: Business owners interested in exposure/interaction with families of more than 3,000 Lincoln kids can purchase booth space for $200.
Click HERE for more information and an application!

FURTHER INFORMATION: Contact the Nebraska Sports Council at or call 402-471-2544.