Running Scared started in 2011 with the goal of offering an affordable run in order to raise awareness and funds for the Canadian Diabetes Association (all proceeds of this race go to the Canadian Diabetes Association) The event has steadily grown each year, and, in addition to the standard age group prizes, features giveaways for best costume, so dust off last year's outfit and wear it on this run!
The event offers runners three main distance options ranging from 1k to 10k; all of which feature loops through the cemetery... sticking the the Halloween theme of course.
In addition to the children's 1k which loops through the cemetery Running Scared offers runners two distance options in a 5k or 10k run. All of the routes are on residential paths and hard packed trails.
The 5k route loops around the cemetery, then heads west along the Stonebridge trail looping around a shortened portion of Stonebridge on the Jock Park and returning to the cemetery along the same route. About 1/5th of the route is on private paved roads, with the balance on hard-packed, groomed trail.
The 10k route loops around the cemetery then heads east on the Stonebridge trail under the Prince of Wales bridge and continues past Maple Hill Park. Runners will loop around the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority building before crossing through Beryl Gaffney Park to return to the trail. After crossing under the bridge you’ll continue on through for a full loop around Stonebridge on the Jock Park, rejoining the path and returning to the start line.