The 6 Best Halloween Races to Run This Weekend

The undead await you at the Zombie Run.
The undead await you at the Zombie Run. Carsten Koall / Getty

Instead of embracing Halloween with a mouthful of fun-size Snickers, don your costume and lace up your running shoes. Every race from the lowliest fun run to full-throttle half-marathon becomes a high-speed parade of superheroes, zombies, and foam beer bottles. Your local 5K is as fine a place as any for your giant banana suit, but these favorite events elevate the fun and thrill — from outlasting the undead to running down the devil — of a Halloween race. 

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The Zombie Run
Brooklyn, NY
Saturday, October 25

This national event hits New York City in a race that combines obstacle-course racing with flag football and zombies. Participants need to finish the three-mile course with at least one of the three life flags to survive. The race organizers also hold their event the following weekend on November 1 in San Antonia, Texas. [thezombierun.com]

Rock 'n' Roll Los Angeles Halloween Half Marathon & 5K
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, October 26

Thousands of costume-clad runners take to the streets of downtown L.A. on a course that features 12 band stages and a DJ to keep the energy high. The finish-line festival includes one of the biggest costume contests around with five categories including Best Rock Star and Best Superhero. [runrocknroll.competitor.com/los-angeles]

Devil's Chase 6.66 Miler
Salem, MA
Saturday, October 25

Lucifer takes center stage as a 30-deep prize list for the best-dressed devils brings out pitchforks and horns in droves. Other race attractions include a zombie flash mob dancing to "Thriller" and zombie fashion show. [bnseventmanagement.com]

Monster Dash
Chicago, IL; St Paul, MN; Fort Worth, TX
Saturday, October 25

The three Monster Dash locations offer your choice of a 5K, 10K (or 10-mile in St. Paul), and half-marathon, each with a fast and beautiful urban course. All races also end with a free beer and a contest to highlight the best group, and individual, costumes. [monsterdash.org]

Miami Beach Halloween Half Marathon
Miami, FL
Saturday, October 25

This out-and back course takes runners through South Beach and along the waters of Biscayne Bay for a fast and gorgeous race. Organizers also put on two more Halloween halfs, on Sunday the 26th in Atlanta and November 1 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. [halloweenhalfmarathon.com]

Cops and Robbers 5K Road Chase
Denver, CO
Saturday, October 25

This evening run through Denver splits the field into costumed cops and robbers, giving the robbers a three-minute head start. The post-race party offers a free beer and donuts, as well as awards for both fastest cops and robbers, and best dressed. [runningguru.com]