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Pumpkin Run set for Oct. 5 at

Pioneers Park

Lincoln (Septmber 10, 2019) - The 18th annual Pumpkin Run, a one-mile fun run for youth runners, is set for  Saturday, Oct. 5 on a new course at Pioneers Park in Lincoln. More than 50 schools are expected to be represented in what is believed to be the largest youth-only cross-country run in the nation. 
Heats will be held every 20 minutes from 9:30 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. and are divided by grade and school size. Each runner receives a shirt, medal, commemorative cup, post-race snack/juice and certificates for free meals and free bowling.  Several vendors will be on hand with games and giveaways as well. 
The entry fee is $12 through Sep. 20, then $15 until race day. Those interested in running, donating or purchasing booth space at the Pumpkin Run can register or find more information at
The new course begins and ends near the Chief Red Cloud statue in the Southwest area of Pioneers Park.  Race organizers and park officials designed the new course to prevent overuse in other park areas and to provide a change of scenery for runners and spectators.
Last year, more than 2,700 kids participated, and 24 area schools earned awards for having at least 10% of their students participate.
The Pumpkin Run is conducted by the Nebraska Sports Council, with assistance from Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln Parks and Recreation and the Lincoln Track Club.  Allo Communications, Lincoln Pediatric Group and Home Real Estate are the presenting partners; Hohl Orthodontics is the medal sponsor.  Other major sponsors include Lincoln Pediatric Dentistry, Complete Children’s Health, UNICO Group, Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs, Pepsi-Cola of Lincoln, Allstate, Empire Fence, Lincoln Running Company, Sun Valley Lanes and Sysco-Lincoln.
The Nebraska Sports Council is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote healthy and active lifestyle choices. Platinum partners include Farmers Mutual of Nebraska, Pepsi-Cola of Lincoln and Nebraska Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine.


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