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Circleville Classic 5K Run/Walk

Sat October 21, 2023 Circleville, OH 43113 US Directions RaceJoy Ready



Note from Race Director Matt McGowan on Monday, October 16: 

This year our event has a registration cap of 175 participants. With the change to the 5K mostly on the bike path, the City has required the limit to ensure the safety of all participants. Also, there will be no race day registration. As of 9:36 AM on Tuesday, October 17, the in-person race is SOLD OUT! There will be no additional spots opened, there is no waitlist, and there is no race day registration. Our virtual event registration will remain open through Saturday morning.


The 36th Annual Circleville Classic 5K Run/Walk has an In-Person Race and a number of Virtual Events!

In-Person Race start time: 9:00 AM

In-Person Race day check-in begins: 7:30 AM (there is no race day registration)

The traditional 5 Mile Run will be a 5K Run/Walk this year due to increase safety concerns with Pumpkin Show traffic.  The course will be around the Circleville High School and on the Roundtown Trail. After the race plan on enjoying the afternoon with your family and friends downtown at the 117th Circleville Pumpkin Show, “The Greatest Free Show On Earth”.

Pricing for the in-person 5K is $12.00 before October 8th, $15 until October 19th, $7 for additional family members, $10 for runners 14 & under and 60 & over. There is no race-day registration this year. T-shirts will still be available for sale for $10 on race day for those in the in-person race.

All virtual events are $10. If you want the race t-shirt mailed to you after the event, $10 will be added to your total.

Proceeds benefit the Jeff & Jean McGowan Memorial Scholarship Fund

Jeff passed away on May 26, 2012, and Jean passed away on March 15, 2018.

Additional Race Information

Proceeds benefit the Jeff & Jean McGowan Memorial Scholarship Fund

Jeff McGowan unexpectedly died on May 26, 2012. Jeff was an active member of the Shamrock Club of Columbus. A 1983 graduate of Circleville High School and a 1990 graduate of Ohio University, Jeff set school records at Circleville High School in the 2.5 mile and 5km cross country events as well as in the 800 meters, 1600 meters and 3200 meters. His senior year Jeff placed 3rd in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Cross Country Championships and was second in the 800 meters and 1600 meters at the OHSAA State Track & Field Championships.

Jean McGowan passed away at the age of 89 on March 15, 2018.

You can donate to the Jeff McGowan & Jean McGowan Memorial Scholarship Fund by clicking on the Donate button at the top of the page.


If you would like to help sponsor the event contact Matt McGowan - 


If you would like to help volunteer at the event contact Matt McGowan - 

Course Map

Click here to view the course map.

Race Results

Race results for those participating in person at the 5K Run/Walk will be published on race morning. If you sign up for the virtual event you can submit your results from October 21-31 as instructed here: how to submit your virtual results!


Awards will go to the top 50 men and top 50 women finishers. Lindsey's Bakery pumpkin pies to the top overall three men and women, plus random drawing at packet pickup.

Prefer a mail-in registration experience? Print and mail in the PDF postmarked by October 16.

Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.


Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.


Available for Apple and Android devices.

Interactive Race Day Experience with RaceJoy

Live Phone Tracking, GPS Progress Alerts and Cheers!

We are providing you with RaceJoy as part of the official race experience for the Circleville Classic 5K Run/Walk.

Download the RaceJoy mobile app in advance to ensure proper phone setup. Invite your friends and family to track you and send you cheers!

Some key RaceJoy features include:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive continual progress updates as you complete your goal.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Remote spectators can track your progress live in a map view. You can also track others.


  • Receive supportive audio cheers from remote friends & family.

Virtual Results (virtual events only)

  • Enter your race-assigned bib number to automatically submit your finish data for real-time scored results.
To use RaceJoy, you must carry your phone and activate tracking on the day you complete your race.
View RaceJoy How-To


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