Registration for the 2015 Jack-O’-Lantern 5k & 10k Trail Run and Kids’ Pumpkin Patch Trick-or-Treat Run is now OPEN!



Where can you find water, mud, dirt and…..pumpkins? Kalamazoo Area Runners (KAR) is pleased to present the 2015 Jack-O’-Lantern 5k and 10k Trail Run. Discover a unique and challenging varied terrain trail running experience where nature’s attributes combine with holiday-themed fun.

Event Information

The 2015 Kalamazoo Area Runners (KAR) Jack-O’-Lantern 5k and 10k Trail Run and Kids’ Pumpkin Patch Trick-or-Treat 1/2 mile and 1 mile Fun Run (children 12 and under) showcases the Bishops Bog Preserve and Eliason Nature Reserve in Portage Michigan. Proceeds support the Jack-O’-Lantern 5k and10k Trail Run and Kalamazoo Area Runners’ mission to promote the sport of running as a source of physical, spiritual and social wellness while enhancing the quality of life in the community.

All events will be held Saturday, October 31, 2015 at South Westnedge Park, 9010 S Westnedge Ave, Portage, Michigan. The 10k Run starts at 8:00am and the 5k Run starts at 9:30am. Runners may participate in the 5k, 10k or both. Both the 5k and 10k and are capped at 300 participants each. Runners must be at least 16 to participate in the 10k.

The Kids’ Pumpkin Patch Trick-or-Treat Fun Run will begin at 10:30am at the upper field of South Westnedge Park. This event is free to children 12 and under, and includes a costume contest at 11:15am!


 More than 100 volunteers are needed for the Jack-O’-Lantern 5k and 10k Trail Run. Both individual and group opportunities are available. Volunteer registration is also open on the RunSignUp platform.


 Is your employer, business or organization interested in making a contribution towards a high quality local running event? The Jack-O’-Lantern 5k and 10k Trail Run is now seeking both financial and in-kind sponsorship support.

 Contact Information

 For registration and more information on participation, volunteering or sponsorships, visit or contact Joy Mills, Race Director, at