Date Of Event: October 28, 2017 (annually, the last weekend of October)
Location: Fort Point St, Salem, MA
Highlights: over 1,000 costumed runners competing in a 6.66 mile race
With the appropriate “Run Like Hell” tagline, the annual 6.66 mile race spooked up a wide variety of creepy racers.
Keeping with the Halloween theme, most of the runners dressed in their favorite Halloween-themed garb.
Over 1,200 runners, many in costumes, participated in the race. Runners came from all over New England, New York region and even points farther. The competitors had the option of running the 6.66 mile (roughly 10.7 k) race or the shorter 3.33 mile race (roughly 5.4 K) course.
A fog machine gave the finish line a eerie look and a d.j. from a local radio station kept the spectators entertained. The finish line had some interesting items hanging from it. The spectators came dressed up for the event as well.
Don’t let the kids in the last two photos fool you. They ran in the kids race and they are fast!
In fact, even though there weren’t as many kids running as there were in the adults and teens race and their race was shorter, I think I enjoyed watching them all cross the finish line and celebrate.
There were some competitive runners (the winner ran the 6.66 mile course at a 5:46 per mile average clip) and some who ran for fun and to challenge themselves. Every runner received a well deserved “participation medal” when they finished the race.
I love the different expressions on the faces of the runners. Some are determined. Others are laughing and waving. But, they all had a fun or a rewarding experience. I still can’t believe how hard it must have been to run the race in some of those costumes and still keep a smile on your face.
Some people ran with their dogs. Others ran with their strollers in tow.
Watching all of the competitors pushing themselves or just enjoying their run with their friends (that is something I never understood – I never really ever enjoyed any of my runs) in the mild October air, made my competitive juices flow and made me miss my competitive running days. You know, before I picked up a camera. But, after seeing everyone have so much fun during this run, I may have to try this race next year!
Rafa, a 1 year old Belgian Malinois, stopped by to watch the runners.
Below is a video of some of the runners.