2014 Pumpkin Run

Photos from the 2013 Pumpkin Run are posted on the Pumpkin Run Facebook page.

Registration for the 2014 Pumpkin Run opens at only $10 per runner!


DATE: Saturday, October 11, 2014

LOCATION: Pioneers Park, Lincoln (3201 Coddington - View map)

Session 1 – 
Large Schools: Heat 1 starts at 8:30 a.m.
Session 2 – Small Schools/Non-LPS Schools: Heat 1 starts at 10:30 a.m.

Runner order will start with oldest grades proceeding down to the youngest grades.

Please plan to arrive shortly before your scheduled run time. You DO NOT have to arrive at the beginning of your session. Carpooling is HIGHLY recommended as parking congestion is likely with over 3,500 runners and families.



Heat Session Grade Time
1 1 - Large 5th & Above 8:30 a.m.
2 1 - Large 4th 8:50 a.m.
3 1 - Large 3rd 9:10 a.m.
4 1 - Large 2nd 9:30 a.m.
5 1 - Large 1st 9:50 a.m.
6 1 - Large K & Preschool 10:10 a.m.
7 2 - Small/Non LPS 5th & Above 10:30 a.m.
8 2 - Small/Non LPS 4th 10:50 a.m.
9 2 - Small/Non LPS 3rd 11:10 a.m.
10 2 - Small/Non LPS 2nd 11:30 a.m.
11 2 - Small/Non LPS 1st 11:50 a.m.
12 2 - Small/Non LPS K & Preschool 12:10 p.m.


Large Schools Small Schools/Non-LPS Schools
Adams Beattie
Arnold Brownell
Belmont Calvert
Campbell Eastridge
Cavett Elliott
Clinton Hartley
Everett Holmes
Fredstrom Huntington
Hill Kloefkorn
Humann Lakeview
Kahoa McPhee
Kooser Norwood Park
Maxey Pershing
Meadow Lane Prescott
Morley Pyrtle
Randolph Riley
Roper Saratoga
Rousseau West Lincoln
Sheridan Zeman


Registration Information

$10 Per Runner: Through May 26
$12 Per Runner:  May 27 - September 26
$15 Per Runner: September 27 – October 9


Runners registering through their school must have their completed entry form to their P.E. teacher by Friday, September 26. Registrations WILL NOT be accepted through the schools after September 26.

Registration closes at 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 9.

On-site entries WILL NOT be accepted.

NOTE: Parents are allowed to run with their child free of charge. However, if the parents want to receive a Pumpkin Run t-shirt with the run, they need to register online and pay the entry fee. PARENTS, GUARDIANS, TEACHERS AND/OR SIBLINGS OF REGISTERED RUNNERS MAY RUN AT THEIR OWN RISK OF LIABILITY.


Participant Packets

Most P.E. teachers will have participant packets (shirt, sponsor gifts, race-day info, etc.) available for the runners at their school sometime between October 7-9. All students/parents should check with the P.E. teacher to find out if/when packets will be available for pick-up at the school.

Runners with P.E. teachers that do not provide runner packets at the school can pick up their packets at the Nebraska Sports Council office (4903 N 57th St, Lincoln – View map) on the following dates and times.

Tuesday, Oct 7 | 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct 8 | 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct 9 | 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Runners who are unable to pick up their packets during the week may stop by the Packet Pick-up tent at Pioneers Park the morning of the run. Depending on the number of entries that come in between October 7-9, shirt sizes may be limited on-site.


School Awards

Schools will be divided into a Large School Division (470 or more students) and a Small School Division (469 or less students). Award plaques will be given in the two divisions and award winners will be determined by the percentage of their student body enrolled in the race. The top three schools in each division will receive a plaque. Awards will be determined by entries received by Wednesday, October 8, and will be delivered to winning schools after the run. Schools with at least 10% of their student body registered will also receive a plaque.

2013 School Award Winners:

Large Schools
1. Kooser - 51%
2. Sheridan - 44%
3. Humann - 27%

10% Participation Awards - Adams; Belmont; Cavett; Fredstrom; Hill; Kahoa; Meadow Lane; Rousseau

Small Schools
1. Huntington - 41%
2. Pershing - 35%
3. Zeman - 31%

10% Participation Awards - Beattie; Brownell; Calvert; Hartley; Norwood Park; Prescott; Pyrtle; Riley; Saratoga

Parochial/Area Schools
1. St. Joseph's - 78%
2. Trinity Lutheran - 56%
3. Christ Lutheran - 40%

10% Participation Awards - Cathedral of the Risen Christ; Eagle Elementary; Faith Lutheran; Messiah Lutheran; North American Martyrs; Prairie Hill Learning Center; St. John's

2012 School Award Winners:

Large Schools
1. Kooser - 52%
2. Sheridan - 25%
3. Humann - 25%

10% Participation Awards - Cavett; Rousseau; Kahoa; Adams; Meadow Lane; Morley

Small Schools
1. Huntington - 61%
2. Zeman - 29%
3. Pershing - 24%

10% Participation Awards - Beattie; Holmes; Brownell; Hartley; Saratoga; Riley; Eastridge; Pyrtle

Parochial/Area Schools
1. Christ Lutheran - 54%
2. Trinity Lutheran - 25%
3. Prairie Hill Learning Center - 15%

10% Participation Awards - St. Michael's; Messiah Lutheran; Good Shepherd; St. Joseph's; Cathedral of the Risen Christ; North American Martyrs


Other Information

COURSE: The course will be run in beautiful Pioneers Park, located on the southwest edge of Lincoln. This one-mile course runs over gentle, grass-covered rolling hills. Fans will have a great opportunity to view the runners as they complete their mile run. Pioneers Park is the home cross country course for the University of Nebraska, Nebraska Wesleyan University and all Lincoln area high schools.

GIFTS & PRIZES: All participants will receive a Pumpkin Run t-shirt, a special gift (TBD) from Allied Insurance, a free kids meal at Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs, a free game of bowling at Sun Valley Lanes, along with other goodies from our sponsors. 100 lucky runners will receive a voucher for a free pair of running shoes from Lincoln Running Company.

RUNNER RECOVERY: The runner recovery area, which provides water and Gatorade for the runners, is for registered participants ONLY. Parents and siblings, to assure that supply does not run out before the final heats, please do not drink from the runner recovery station.

PARKING: It’s best to enter Pioneers Park using the West Van Dorn Street entrance. Parking attendants will direct participants where to park.

WEATHER: The Pumpkin Run will take place rain or shine. If there is lightning in the area, heats may be delayed. Turn your radio to KFOR 1240 AM for any weather-related delays. If changes need to be made, announcements will be made on site and may be posted here or on the Pumpkin Run Facebook page.

PARTNERS: The Pumpkin Run is presented by Advanced Medical Imaging, Allied Insurance and UNICO. Contributing partners include: Comfort Chiropractic, Complete Children’s Health, Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs, Lincoln Parks & Recreation, Lincoln Pediatric Group, Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln Track Club, Lincoln Running Company, Planet Earth Distilled Drinking Water, Sun Valley Lanes, Sysco and Tan-Aire.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Contact the Nebraska Sports Council at info@nebraskasportscouncil.com or call 402-471-2544.

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