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The Fourth Annual Pumpkin Run, sponsored by Alhambra Hospital Medical Center, moved from Alhambra Park neighborhoods to Main Street amid much fanfare on Oct. 22.
Councilmember and 5K runner David Mejia greeted the crowd and blew the air horn signaling the start of the 5K race and the kids’ 1K race.
More than 900 runners and walkers participated in the run that went through Downtown Alhambra. The race began and ended at the City’s weekly Farmers Market.
The Farmers Market was enhanced with a festival to support the run. The Mosaic Craft Fair brought 30 arts and crafts vendors to the event to allow for great holiday shopping. The City’s Community Services Department put on a variety of games and activities for kids, such as face painting, balloon artists, a bounce house, a petting zoo, and a pumpkin carving and decorating booth. The band Past Action Heroes, an ‘80s tribute band that dresses like classic ‘80s celebrities like Hulk Hogan, Macho Man Randy Savage, and Panch from CHIPs entertained the crowd during two one-hour sets. There was also a homemade pumpkin pie contest.
The Alhambra Chamber Ambassadors provided a dunk tank.
Local business Ohana Brewing Company operated the Beer Garden for the event. All runners (21 +) were able to redeem their runner’s bib for a beer at the end of the race. There was also a home brew beer contest, with the winning beer to be brewed by Ohana for two months.
Running teams consisted of San Gabriel Valley New Gen Rotary/Rotary of Alhambra; The Fit Factor Fanatics; Alhambra Hospital Medical Center; Evike.com; and the Alhambra Police Department team vs. the Alhambra Fire Department.