- Business Advocacy
The Fit Factor Studio and the City of Alhambra are bringing the Third Annual Alhambra Pumpkin Run back on Saturday, Oct. 1. This year the Pumpkin Run has added a 10K run to the race for the longer distance runners. The Pumpkin Run takes place at Alhambra Park, 500 N. Palm Ave. Registration will begin at 6 a.m.
The Alhambra Pumpkin Run is one of Alhambra’s biggest annual city-wide events. The race brings more than 1,000 runners to the event. “The race moves through the streets of Alhambra as residents cheer the runners on,” said event producer Joanna Vargas. “Neighbors make lemonade stands, cheer you on with signs, and bring you to the finish line with music, cheers, and laughter.”
The event will kick off at 7:30 a.m. with the 10K race, then the 5K race at 8 a.m., ending with the Kids Only 1K race at 9:30 a.m. The Runners Group Warm-up is at 7:15 a.m. sharp.
Online registration: Register now for the Alhambra Pumpkin Run online and save on registration. Registration dates:
General registration through Aug. 31
Late registration Sept. 1 through Sept. 28
On-site registration Oct. 1
“This race is different from others because its focus is on fun, fitness, and family with events for the entire community throughout the day,” said Ms. Vargas. There will be a kids warm-up and 1K race for children in four age categories: 4 – 5, 6 –7, 8 –10, and 11 – 3 years old at 9:30 a.m. All children ages 12 and under must be accompanied by a registered adult for the entire duration of the 5K and 10K races. All participants need a bib/registration to enter the 5K and 10K route.
From 7 a.m. to noon there will be a family-friendly, fun and interactive vendor area for the entire family and non-runners too. Visitors can expect food trucks, sponsor giveaways, face painting and balloons, pumpkin decorating contest, homemade pumpkin pie contest, bounce houses, dance performances, raffles, kid games, and prizes.
Attendees are encouraged to dress up for Halloween as a pumpkin, or wear orange to match the color theme of the run. “The Alhambra Pumpkin Run is also a huge party,” said Ms. Vargas. “Make it fun. Make it memorable. There will be a costume contest open to everyone.”
Residents living in the radius of the race are encouraged to move their cars out Friday night only if they know they will have to leave within the event’s time frame. Overnight parking tickets will not be enforced the night before the race on Sept. 30 from Atlantic Boulevard to Fremont Avenue and from Main Street to Huntington Drive.
On Saturday from 4 a.m. to noon, residents will not be able to drive on the race route (please note that some streets may open up earlier than noon as the race is over).
Rain or shine, the run will go on. Sept. 28 is the last day for online registration: www.alhambrapumpkinrun.com. However, runners may register on race day in person. Day-of registration is credit card or cash only.
To participate in the pumpkin decorating or homemade pie-making contests, register by e-mailing email@example.com.