Oakville, Ontario (October 5, 2016) — On Friday, October 21st the trails around Oakville’s St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre will be transformed with haunted displays for hundreds of runners, walkers and their families participating in the 11th annual Trek or Treat Night Trail Run. Donning running shoes and Halloween costumes, participants in the 5KM trail run and family-friendly Creepy Mile will tackle the darkened trails wearing headlamps and carrying flashlights as they make their way to the finish line.
This year Trek or Treat aims to raise more than 1,500 pounds of food donations to stock the shelves at the Oakville Fare Share Food Bank in the important weeks after Thanksgiving and leading up to the holiday season. Over the last 5 years the event has collected more than 7,500 pounds of food donations.
The event has become a perennial favourite among locals and out-of-towners alike, drawing close to 1,000 participants of all abilities annually from locales across south-western Ontario and as far away as Thunder Bay and Quebec.
At 7 p.m. parents and kids take off on the Creepy Mile, a kid-friendly walk/run along a decorated course featuring giant inflatables and mid-way candy stop. Kids cross the finish line and receive a commemorative ribbon for their efforts. At 7:45 p.m. it’s the adults’ turn as the chip-timed 5KM trail run starts. Runners enjoy a mostly flat-packed run along gravel trails, with the occasional root or bump to keep things interesting!
After the hard work is done, participants come inside to enjoy the post-run Halloween party. Candy, pizza, hot chocolate, photo booth, face painting and balloon animals are among the activities for kids and kids-at-heart. It’s a race, it’s a fun run, it’s a party!
“Trek or Treat has become an event that families come back to year after year. It’s so great to see familiar faces returning each year. Many participants come with family members, friends and colleagues which adds to the celebratory feeling at the race,” says race director Marissa Schroder.
Registration is open and available online in advance at www.trekortreat.ca.
For more information, visit www.trekortreat.ca