2023 will feature not only the half-mile race, but a relay race and 5K

Cookeville – The days are getting shorter, the morning chill is starting to return and fiery reds, bursting oranges and bright yellows will soon shine from trees.

Once the dog days of summer are gone, fall sits on the horizon with Halloween just outside the headlights, pumpkin spice and glowing jack-o-lanterns guiding us toward spooky season. In the Upper Cumberland, one of the greatest fall traditions is the Haunted Half Marathon and Craft Beer Festival. The annual celebration allows runners from all over to compete and then drink beer.

Tis the season, after all.

The 2023 incarnation, which is set for Oct. 21, will feature not only the half-marathon, but a relay race and newly added 5K. The Relay is a shorter option for those not wanting to compete in the 5K or the half-marathon.

A team of three can register for the relay and each person runs an equal 4.36 miles.

“The 15th annual Haunted Half Marathon is now the Upper Cumberland Haunted Half Marathon, Relay and 5K,” said WCTE TV in a statement. “The newly added 5K, we hope, will encourage new runners to come out and enjoy this fun fall event.”

In another new addition to the race, WCTE says runners will have the option to get a short or long sleeve shirt if they register by Sept. 15. All runners will also receive discounted Craft Beer Festival tickets (available for purchase online HERE) and a commemorative glass for craft beer sampling.

All race proceeds go directly to support WCTE PBS.

“By supporting WCTE PBS, you are supporting access to engaging, educating and inspiring programming,” according to WCTE. “When you run the Haunted Half Marathon, you promote life-long learning.”

The 5K begins at 7:15 a.m. with the relay and 13.1-mile race starting at 7 a.m. and Craft Beer Festival begins at Noon. The Haunted Half Marathon is also a qualifying race for the “Run the Cumberland Series” event.

For more information visit HERE.

Photo courtesy of WCTE.org

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