Running Scared 5K Run/Walk

Sat October 12, 2019 Reading, OH 45215 US Directions
Presented by: Ray Rusche/Oxford Physical Therapy Centers
Run, Walk and Party


6:00PM EDT
Party Only

Party Only

6:30PM EDT - 10:00PM EDT
One Mile through Cemetery

Kids Fun Run

4:30PM EDT - 5:00PM EDT
1600 West St.
Reading, OH US 45215

12th Annual Running Scared 5K Run and Walk.

Sponsored by Ray Rusche/Oxford Physical Therapy Centers

Saturday, October 12, 2019 6:00 pm

Reading Stadium, Reading OH 

Supporting Youth Education!

The Running Scared 5k benefits Youth Education. To date approximately $320,000 has been raised to help children in the Cincinnati Valley area.

The Running Scared 5k was first started in 2008.  It is a flat 3.1 mile course through a “spooky” cemetery, ending at a fabulous Halloween Fest!  Participants are encouraged to run/walk in costumes. After the race, people are admitted to the post race party where they can listen to a hot band or have a cold beer. They can enjoy food and drinks from our generous sponsors and listen to the live jammin’ band while they stay toasty warm inside or gather around the roaring fire outside.

Schedule of events:

Kids Fun Run at 4:30 pm
The 12th Annual Ray Rusche/Oxford Physical Therapy Centers Running Scared 5k is at 6 pm.
Post Race Party: 6:30 pm - 10 pm inside and outside of Haffey Fieldhouse. 


Reading Veterans Memorial Stadium, 1600 West St Cincinnati, OH 45215

GPS Coordinates: 39.231282, -84.438853


The race will start on West Street near the Stadium, wind through the “spooky” Reading Cemetery and head out and back for a flat, fast course ending on the track in the Stadium. There will be water at the start, middle and end of the route. Runners and Walkers are welcomed.


Awards will be given to the first 50 men and the first 50 women as they cross the finish line.


Overall Results will be posted at the post-race party. Complete results will also be posted online (here).

There are no age category awards for this event.

After the race:

Fantastic party inside and outside of Haffey Fieldhouse. We are gonna have lots of food from our wonderful sponsors, Costume contest with prizes awarded, Door Prizes,  Live music and our beer garden outside. We also plan to have Split-the-Pot,  raffle baskets to help us raise money.
For those who are 21 and over with proper ID, Beer is available.

Door Prizes:

Also, don’t forget, that to be eligible for our many fabulous door prizes, all you have to do is register in advance of race day. 

Registration Cost:

5K Registration - $30 through Thursday. October 10, 2019. $35 on Friday, October 11, 2019. $40 Race Day. Fee includes Professional Chip-timing, Awards, Food and refreshments and entrance to the Post-race Party.

Party only - $20 - We encourage your friends to come and cheer you on as a race participant and we certainly want them to come and party with you afterwards! Bring yourself and your friends! It includes FUN, tickets for drinks, (Proper ID is required for anyone consuming alcohol) Food from our wonderful sponsors, costume contest and Live Band. Performance Race T-shirts are also available for purchase.

Kids Fun Run - Only $5. Kids Fun Run will be at 4:30 and go through the cemetery. Kids Fun Run T-shirts are also available for purchase.


New for 2019: We now offer a Performance Tech-style short-sleeved shirt. Shirts are optional and are available for $12. Larger sizes are slightly higher. 

Kids Fun Run T-shirts are optional and available for only $7.

Registration Information:

Register online: Pre register online through Friday, October 11, , 2019. 

Register by Mail: Postmark your registration by Monday, October 5, 2019

Late Registration and Packet Pick up:

Register in Person: Friday, Oct. 11th, 2019 from Noon - 6 pm at Haffey Fieldhouse, 1599 West Street, Reading, Ohio 45215 (across from the Stadium).

Race Day Registration and Packet Pick up:

Register in Person: Saturday, Oct. 12th, 2019 from 4 pm - 5:45 pm at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium, 1600 West Street, Reading, Ohio 45215.

Free Parking:

You may park your vehicle anywhere near Haffey Fieldhouse and Reading Veteran’s Memorial Stadium at 1600 West Street, Reading, Ohio 45215.

Note: If you park in the lot, you will not be able to leave until the last person finishes the race. Parking available on nearby streets if you must leave early.

No Refunds!

Become a Sponsor

Support the race by becoming a sponsor. We know that you understand the importance of strong schools and educated children to your community. That’s why we are offering you this
opportunity to help as a sponsor of the Running Scared 5k. The money raised goes to improved technology, school supplies, and tuition assistance.
There are many sponsorship levels and advertising benefits. See the attached PDF document for complete information on how you can participate.

Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.


This year's event will be timing using MyLaps Disposable bib tags. The chip will be on the bib number. No need to turn in pull tags or return the timing chip.

Printable, Mailable Race Registration Form

If you prefer to mail your registration, send a completed registration form (attached) along with payment. Please postmark by Monday, October 7, 2019.


Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.

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