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Race the Dead

Fri October 27, 2023 Towanda, IL 61776 US Directions


19578 N 1960 East Rd
Towanda, IL US 61776


Registration Opens September 15

$20 with shirt ($2 LRC member discount)

Shirt is long sleeve technical with a seasonal image.
NOTE: Registration with shirt is only open until October 12.

Entry without Shirt is $8 ($2 LRC member discount)

And is open for on-line registration through October 26.

Kicks Bar and Grill
19578 N 1960 East Rd
Towanda, IL US 61776


Race the Dead is a fun run opportunity to dress up and scare your fellow runners, hosted out of Kicks Bar and Grill in Towanda.  The course is a flat 5K in length, but some don't make it past the first water stop.  Scenic luminaries line the old (Dead) RT 66 course and you run past the historic haunted Towanda cemetery on this out and back course. The run is NOT officially timed, but there will be an illuminated clock at the finish line.  

While the luminaries gorgeously define the course, we recommend you bring a flashlight, especially if you are a slower runner. Costumes are not required, but if you dress in your favorite Halloween costume you may win a prize.

Runners can hit the single water stop twice.  The stop is located about .4 miles from the start/finish and offers water as well as some seasonal treats and refreshments.

Entry fee includes a coupon for a soft drink or beer at Kicks.

Race start is at sundown in Towanda which will be 6:00 PM this year.  There could be some noise makers at the start, and depending on wind conditions the race will start +/- 60 seconds of official 6:00 PM sundown.  


Questions? Contact Kirby Cheek at or call 309 533-8689.  Leave a message and we will call you back.

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