Sat October 30, 2021 Directions

Enjoy the fall season by joining the Canal Winchester Chamber for the 5th Annual Running Scared 5K and 1-Mile Family Run/Walk.

Grab your costumes and get moving for the best event of the season. We'll have an awesome long-sleeve shirt (guaranteed to registrants signed up by September 17), race bib, and medal for all registrants in both events. This year we have options of a live/in-person event (on October 30th at Hanner's Park) or a virtual event run on your own and open from Oct 30th through November 6th.

We will again have a downloadable playlist and a stretch clinic. Virtual participants can pick their favorite route. Virtual runners can upload their times during the event window and compare them to other racers, while in-person participants will be electronically chip-timed.

We are awarding prizes to the best costumes again. Costume prizes will be awarded to:

  • Adults: funniest, scariest, and best team costumes
  • Under 16: funniest, scariest, and most popular on Facebook

Note: for the virtual participants we've provided our normal race route for your reference, but you can also run/walk your own 5k or 1M path.

Additional Event Information

Early Packet Pickup

Packets can be picked up between 9:00am – 7:30pm on October 28 and October 29 at Nationwide Children's Close to Home Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy location at 6365 Winchester Blvd Suite B, Canal Winchester, OH 43110 – just off Gender Road in Canal Winchester, near the Inn at Winchester Trail.

Masks are required for entry, we appreciate your support.


Virtual runners: you can select to have your materials shipped directly to you during the registration process for an additional $10. All packets that are being mailed will be shipped out the week of November 1, 2021.

Race Day Timeline

9:00 am - Race day packet pickup and registration opens
10:00 am - 5K and 1-Mile start

Costume Contest

We are awarding prizes to the best costumes again. Costume prizes awarded to:

  • Adults: Funniest, Scariest and Best Team Costumes
  • Under 16: Funniest, Scariest and Most Popular on Facebook

Virtual Results

From October 23-31, you can participate in your event and submit your results. Details for submission are provided on the website here. There are no awards for this virtual event.

Become a sponsor

Support the race by becoming a sponsor. We know you understand the importance of maintaining a strong community. That’s why we are offering you this opportunity to become a sponsor of the Running Scared 5K. All money raised benefits future community programming and activities. There are many sponsorship levels and advertising benefits. Contact Lori Williamson at 614.837.1556

Course Map

Come up with your own, or you can run the traditional Running Scared 5K route shown here. Use caution at all street crossings!

Race Contact Info

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

How Does A Virtual Race Work?

We may be socially distant, but we can all share these miles in solidarity and carry on with the fun. The steps are simple:

  1. Sign up
  2. Train for your race
  3. Run or walk your race
  4. Submit Your Results

Get started today and get prepped for the 4th Annual Running Scared 5K Run and 1-Mile Family Fun Walk Sponsored by Nationwide Children's Hospital!


Live/in-person event: Hanners Park
Virtual event: Anywhere you are!


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