The Great Pumpkin Run is more than a race, it’s really a celebration of everything Fall and it is glorious. Pumpkins, Cider, Crisp Cool Air and of course the beautiful fall colors of nature. The Indianapolis race takes place on one of the local orchards, Apple Works, and it is truly a beautiful place…with the best cider ever!
It’s true. I don’t even like cider. I like apple juice just fine but have never liked cider except from Apple Works. I was really looking forward to that free cup after the race. My Gentleman and I ran last year and had a lot of fun. We dressed up as Things 1 & 2. This year, however, I was unable to race due to a previous back injury deciding it wanted to act up the night before. I was not happy.
My husband (Mad Hatter) went in my place with the Gentleman, which was fine…but he also got my cider. This race is fantastic when it comes to the “what you get” part. You get a T-shirt, a medal, a cup of cider, and a pumpkin! Also, there is a festival going on at Apple Works that you get to join in on after the race! You see why I was upset to have to sit this one out?
It was a great day for a race too. Cool but not cold weather and it wasn’t raining. It did rain the previous night which meant mud…everywhere. This is part of the fun though…for kids…of all ages. They both had a lot of fun and of course enjoyed the cider at the end of the race.
They give you plenty of time to pick up your packet and take things to your car if you need to which is awesome. The parking area was not that far from the Check in so they were able to get their packets and run the shirts to the car with plenty of time to spare. It was very quick and the staff was on top of everything. Smooth check in’s are what you hope for with races.
The atmosphere was amazing (says the Mad Hatter, aka my husband). Fall is a great time of year and a perfect time to go for a run…or in their case a walk/jog. My husband also liked how there so many people in costume and a lot of people were there for the environment and fun instead of just focused on time. Splitting runners into groups of Competitive, Run, and Walk was brilliant. They were signed up for the Walk due to the Gentleman not being much of an actual runner…yet.
Here is a gallery of some of the vendors items.
My son is now 6 and has run in over half a dozen 5k races including this one. He doesn’t LOVE it but he enjoys them and this is his favorite because he gets a pumpkin! He likes collecting the medals too. I love that he enjoys himself doing an active outdoor activity! Next year our whole family will be running it! The Diva will make her Pumpkin Run debut at the age of 5. She hasn’t had the focus that the Gentleman has had when it comes to stuff like this but I am confident she will do great next year!
The race is of course very scenic, even after it rains it is beautiful. The corn maze is fun and not confusing. There was only one way you could go which was nice since some people wanted to make good time. The Mad Hatter liked how there was such a variety in the scenery too. You run around a pond, through a corn maze, a pumpkin patch, an orchard and a forest. Now that IS scenic!
The Gentleman’s favorite part of the race was “getting mud on my shoes!” Told you that was part of the fun…His next favorite part was getting his medal. He loves collecting those. Last year the staff gave him one for being in the costume contest…I think a tiny Spiderman won but they gave the Gentleman a medal too. This year they were given out to everyone who finished the race! Honestly I like collecting them too but this year the Mad Hatter gets to keep it. But…they did bring me back some cider!
The Tough Pumpkin option adds more of a challenge to the race. You have to carry a pumpkin (up to 10 lbs) the ENTIRE race! On top of running? Yep…we won’t be doing that for awhile. I’m lucky I don’t have to carry a kid for a race! I do know you get a cool mason jar for completing with this option…and you get to keep the pumpkin.
This is truly a race for any age (except strollers) and any level. If you are looking for a fun fall activity with one child or as a whole family this is a perfect race. I loved it last year and my husband and son really loved it this year. I can only imagine how much more awesome it will be next year!