Frequently Asked Questions

Event Information

When is the Pumpkin Run?

The Pumpkin Run will be Saturday, October 7, 2017. 5K Run/Walk will start at 8:00 AM following a Tot Trot at approximately 9:15 and will conclude with an awards ceremony in the gym at approximately 9:30 AM.

Where is the Pumpkin Run held?

The Pumpkin Run starts and ends at Black Bob Elementary School in Olathe, Kansas. Click to view directions to the school or the course map.

What additional activities are at the event?

In addition to the 5K Run/Walk, there will be a Tot Trot / Run for the Pumpkins for children ages 1 to 5, a costume collection for kids, a Bone Marrow Drive and Awards. Read more on our Race Day Schedule page.

Do you need volunteers for the race?

YES! Volunteers are needed before, during and after the race. To register as a volunteer and to see all available opportunities, please check our Volunteer page.

Do participants get a race shirt? Do participants get a medal or trophy?

All registered participants will receive an official Pumpkin Run t-shirt. The top three overall finishers and top three per age/gender finshers will receive a trophy. View full details on our Race Awards page.

Are strollers allowed?

Strollers are not only allowed they are welcome! We encourage full-family participation, even your little ones! We do ask that strollers line-up with the walkers behind the runners in the 2nd wave to avoid accidents. Children in strollers are not required to be registered for the race, but are welcome to participate in our Tot Trot.

Are dogs allowed on the course?

Pets are not allowed in the Pumpkin Run. Service animals are permitted to assist participants.

Do you have a bag / gear drop?

No, due to the short length of the race, we do not provide a gear drop.

Event Registration

How do I register for the Pumpkin Run?

You can register online, by printing our registration form and mailing it to us or in person during Packet Pickup. Get full details and links on our Ways to Register page.

How do I register as part of a running club?

Schools should have each participant fill-out and return to the school a School Registration Form so all students can be registered together. Read additional details on our School Clubs page.

How do I register an entire running club?

The easiest way to ensure all members of your club are registered is to have each participant fill-out and return to YOU the School Registration Form. These registration forms should be returned to you no later than September 19 so you can then turn in all money and forms together to the Pumpkin Run no later than September 24.

What does registration cost?

Registration costs various by type and when you register. View the full registration costs on our Ways to Register page.

Do you allow transfers of registrations? Do you refund registrations?

Transfer of registrations is not allowed. Please be sure each registered person wears their assigned bib number. We do not refund registrations as all money raised is donated to our Beneficiaries. If you are unable to run, please consider your entry fee a donation to the cause.


Who does the race benefit?

The race has several beneficiaries; specifically organizations involved in leukemia & lymphoma research and education. Beneficiaries include: Children’s Mercy Cancer Center, The Dream Factory, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Heart of America Bone Marrow Donor Registry, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Solace House, and the Jared Coones Memorial Foundation. You can read more about these organizations on our Beneficiaries page.

Do you need Sponsors for the event?

YES! Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please visit our Become a Sponsor page for full details.

Can I donate money without participating in the race?

Yes! Please use the DONATE button on the left side of any page on this site, or make a donation on the registration link.    

Packet Pickup

When and where is Packet Pickup?

Picket pickup will be at Black Bob Elementary School. Packets can be picked up on Thursday, October 5th or Friday, October 6th from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM or on Race Day from 6:00 to 7:30 AM. Full details can be found on our Packet Pickup page. Please note that if you are part of a School Running Club, packets will be delivered to the school you are registered with.

Can someone else pick up my packet? Can I pickup other packets?

Yes, you can pick up someone else's packet or they can pick up yours if need be. Please know something specific about the people for whom you are picking up, such as their age/birthdate, in case there are multiple people with the same name.

Where do I pickup a packet for a Running Club individual?

All packets for running club members will be delivered to the running club's sponsor school. Packets shold be distributed by / picked up from your club contact.

Parking & Transportation

Where should I / can I park for this event?

Two area organizations have offered their parking lots for participant usage: Frontier Trail Junior High School and MidAmerica Nazarene University. Read our Directions and Parking page for complete details.

Do you provide transportation to/from parking?

YES! We will be running shuttle buses from the MidAmerica Nazarene and Frontier Trail parking lots beginning at 6:15 AM. The last shuttle bus will leave from the lots at 7:30 AM. There will be one pickup location for shuttles back to the lots located at the northwest corner of the school. Shuttle returns will be begin at 9:30 AM. Full parking and shuttle information on our on Directions & Parking page.

Route Details

What is the course route? How long is the route? What is the course elevation?

The Pumpkin Run travels through residential neighborhoods near Black Bob Elementary School, where Jared Coones attended as a student. The course will take you past the home where the Coones family once lived. The route is 5 kilometers or 3.1 miles. Entire elevation is only 51 feet. You can view the full course layout, elevation and additional details on our Course Map page.

Are there water/aid stations along the route?

Yes, there are two water stations along the route. Also, water will be available at the end of the route. Food and drinks will be in the tent east of the gym. Volunteers will be placed along the route who can help with medical issues. First aid will be available in the school.

Is there a time limit for course completion?

All participants must be off the route by 9:30 am.

Can everyone be timed? Do you time the student runners? Do I have to be timed?

We will time anyone who has registered for the race and who wears their race bib, including all students from running clubs. Timing is automatic as the "chip" is part of your race bib.