(Oct. 25, 2019) After being rained out last year, the 25th annual OC Tri-Running Seaside 10-mile/5K Halloween Run returns to the resort this Saturday, beginning at the inlet parking lot at 9 a.m.
Last year, the event was canceled for the first time since its inception as a result of heavy rains and the Boardwalk becoming too slippery to be safe to run on.
Several people were upset that the race was canceled, according to Organizer Chris Klebe, but this year will take place rain or shine, he said.
“We took a beating for canceling,” Klebe said. “We’re running whether there’s wind, rain or shine this year.”
In 2017, Klebe estimated about 700 runners participated.
The 10-mile run will start at 9 a.m. in the inlet parking lot and continue on the boards down to 27th Street. Participants will continue onto Coastal Highway via Baltimore Avenue and head north to 68th Street. Runners will turn around on 69th Street and head south on Coastal Highway, back to where the race originated.
The 5K will start at 9:15 a.m. in the inlet parking lot. Runners will circle the Boardwalk pier and head down the concrete portion of the Boardwalk to about 17th Street. Then, participants will turn around and head straight back to the starting location.
“It’s a beautiful course,” Klebe said. “It’s a part of Ocean City that a lot of people don’t get to see and run, or don’t take the time to run it. We’ll have candy for the runners and the family and friends and the kids when they come across the finish line.”
In addition to being a seaside race, it is also an opportunity for children and families to dress up and run in their costumes.
“I think families have a lot of fun with dressing up, and I love seeing the families come together and run together with their kids and the smiles on their faces dressed up in their costumes,” Klebe said.
This year, there will not be a packet pickup on Friday, which will instead be done the morning of the race.
“We’re canceling Friday night’s packet pick up at the Holiday Inn,” Klebe said. “That way, there’s no stress on the driving in Friday night to make it there before 8 p.m. We’re going to have it Saturday morning between 7:30 and 8:45 a.m.”
There will be awards for first, second and third place in several categories: overall male and female runners, age-group male and female winners, and best costumes. The age groups include 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70 and older.
Each person who completes the 10-mile run will receive a finisher’s medal. Ribbons will be given out to the 5K runners as well.
The races will be timed with an IPICO bib tag system and an orange rectangular sensor will be placed on the back of each race bib. Race bibs are unique to the participant and they can be taken home as a keepsake after the race.
“We just hope that everybody gives us a chance, comes out and enjoys themselves and has a great day,” Klebe said.
A post-race party is scheduled at the inlet, and the Shore Craft Beer Festival will be going on at Sunset Park. Participants will receive $5 off tickets to the beer festival, which will take place from 1-4 p.m.
Runners can register Saturday from 7-8:35 a.m. at the inlet. For more information, visit www.octrirunning.com.