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7th Annual Running Scared 5K Sponsored by Nationwide Children's Hospital

Sat October 28, 2023 Directions RaceJoy Ready



Enjoy the fall season by joining the Canal Winchester Chamber for the 7th Annual Running Scared 5K and 1-Mile Family Run/Walk at Canal Winchester High School!

Grab your costumes and get moving for the best event of the season. We'll have an awesome 2023 race shirt (while supplies last), race bib, and medal for all registrants in both events. Shirts and shirt sizes are guaranteed for those who register on or before September 12. Shirts and shirt sizes are first come, first serve for participants who register on September 13 and later. This year, our in-person event will take place on October 28th at Canal Winchester High School.

Nationwide Children's orthopedic office will be performing a stretch clinic prior to the race.

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

Additional Event Information

Packet Pickup

Save time in line on Saturday and stop by Nationwide Children's Sports PT Clinic (6365 Winchester Blvd Suite B 43110) on Thursday, October 26, from 4 PM to 6:45 PM, or Friday, October 27, from 12 PM to 4 PM. Race day packet pickup will take place on race morning starting at 8:30 AM in the south parking lot of Canal Winchester High School (this is the parking lot between the high school and the stadium). The race will begin at 10:00 AM.

Race Day Timeline

8:30 am - Race day check-in and packet pickup begins at Canal Winchester High School (in the parking lot between the high school and the stadium)
9:00 am - Health Fair Begins (CWHS Cafeteria)
10:00 am - 5K and 1-Mile start
12:00 pm - Event ends

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


This event needs volunteers to help before, during, and after the event. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this form. An email will be sent out a few days prior to the event with a location and parking details. Thank you for your interest in volunteering.

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. If you are interested in sponsoring this year’s event, please reach out to Tera Bell at!

Race Contact Info

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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 7th Annual Running Scared 5K Sponsored by Nationwide Children's Hospital.

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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