This year, the Halloween weekend got off to a running start with its first “Blood Run.” The 5K put on by local resident Joseph Coles and his company On Hill Events was a scream.
Runners came from as far south as Spanish Fork and as far north as Logan to participate in this adrenalin-driven race. One racer came all the way from California. Nearly 100 racers arrived at the Scotsman Center in Mountain Green to pick up the shirts, bib numbers and a glow stick so they could be seen on the road. Shortly after, zombies were dispatched to take their places along the path to “encourage” better run times.
After a briefing in the heated arena, runners waited their turn to journey out into the darkness. Runners were paced 15-45 seconds apart to increase the scare factor, making it feel as if you were the only one on the road.
Some may wonder if runners had already lost their brains to the undead because the moment the Scotsman Center was at your back, chills went down your spine. Not only because it was cold, but the zombies started coming right away. Some, all dressed in black, popped up from the pavement to make sure you had plenty of motivation to keep going. Other ghouls jumped out from the wooded areas to make sure your shirt had plenty of bloody handprints on it, signifying you had been brave enough to run the course.
The aid station at the top of the hill was fully stocked with tricks, treats and red Powerade. On the way back down, one runner experienced a scare from the real wildlife in the area as a startled deer darted across the path.
“It was the perfect setting for a Halloween run. We all need that extra motivation to get moving around the holidays. If you were scared off this year, come try it next year! It was less scary than a haunted house and twice as much fun,” another runner said.
This was a timed run, but in addition to top placings, awards were given for “Most Scared Runner,” “Bloodiest Runner,” and “Least Bloody Runner.”
The next On Hill events are the Santa Runs in Provo, Ogden and Gardner Village. These are always fun to watch as every runner gets their very own Santa suit, and there is still time to register. To participate, or to find out where to cheer them on, go to onhillevents.com.