Registration for the 2016 Jack-O’-Lantern 5k & 10k Trail Run is now OPEN!

Where can you find water, mud, dirt and…..pumpkins? Kalamazoo Area Runners (KAR) is pleased to present the 2016 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!

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The 2016 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 and 10k 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 29, 2016 at South Westnedge Park, 9010 S Westnedge Ave, Portage, Michigan. The 5k Run starts at 8:30am and the 10k 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 combined 5k/10k is just $20, and the individual events are $15 each. Shirts may be purchased for an additional $25.


The Kids’ Pumpkin Patch Trick-or-Treat Fun Run will begin at 11:00am at the upper field of South Westnedge Park. This event is free to children 12 and under, and includes a costume contest at 10:30am!

For more information and to register, please visit