(Oct. 24, 2014) Get into the Halloween spirit with running shoes on, during the 21st annual Seaside 10-mile run and 5K race, which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 25 on the Ocean City Boardwalk.
Entry fees are $50 for the 10-mile run and $30 for the 5K.
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 Ave. 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, circle the Boardwalk pier and head down the concrete portion of the Boardwalk to 16/17th Streets. After, participants will turn around and head straight back to the starting location. Baby joggers are permitted on this course only.
Packets can be picked up at the Holiday Inn Suites on 17th Street from 3-8 p.m. today.
In 2013, 700 people participated and organizers anticipate 750 to 800 this year, depending on the weather.
“We are excited to honor one of the original organizers and a runner himself, Les Kinion, who recently passed away,” said Chris Klebe, event organizer. “He would be happy to know 11 different states will be represented on Saturday including runners from Georgia to Massachusetts.”
Awards will be given out for first, second and third place in several categories. Overall male and female runners, age group male and female winners and the best costumes will be announced. The age group break downs are: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70-plus.
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. Each race bib is unique to the participant and they can be taken home as a keepsake after the race.
Medical assistance will be available at the start and finish area. In addition, medical volunteers will be along the course the entire race.
Bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards and pets are prohibited.
The event is family friendly and a way to gear up for the Halloween holiday. Outrageous Halloween costumes are encouraged.
“The run has a Halloween theme and we will be giving out a bunch of awards this year in addition to candy. There will be many other Halloween activities going on in Ocean City this weekend, which will be nice for the runners to attend,” said Klebe.
OC Tri-Running Sports Inc., the host of Seaside Run, is an endurance and multi-sport event management company. It was founded 12 years ago by friends, local to the Ocean City area, who participated in numerous triathlons, running and cycling events. They host 15 to 20 different events throughout the year.
Registering in advance online is encouraged at http://octrirunning.com-/ocean-city-md-running-event/seaside-10-mile-run5k/. Runners can register early Saturday morning prior to the event at the inlet.