Scary Run
Washougal, WA

Scary Run
Washougal, WA

About The Race


Join us for our 9th Annual Scary Run on October 27th, 2024.

Get out your Halloween costumes and be prepared to be scared out of your wits. If the running doesn’t increase your heart rate, being chased by monsters, zombies and psycho freaks will!

We will make you earn your post-event party by running or walking a Half Marathon, 10K or 5K in beautiful Washougal, WA. Festive food and drink to follow the race!

Race Starts in:








Check out how much scary fun we had at Scary Run!

Date & Time

Sunday, 10/27/2024

Half Marathon 8:30 AM

5K & 10K 9:00 AM


Location Details

Reflection Plaza

Pendleton Way, Washougal, WA 98671

Check out how beautiful and quaint the city of Washougal is. It’s a hidden gem just outside of Portland OR and Vancouver WA. Tourism support generously provided by City of Washougal hotel/motel tax funds.

Scary Run

Event Highlights & Post-event Festivities


  1. The COSTUMES – Half the fun at this event is all the AMAZING Scary (and not so scary) Halloween costumes!
  2. Three distances! You can run or walk the Half Marathon, 10K or 5K distances. Whether you are an experienced racer, a weekend warrior, new to running, or a walker, we will scare you all the same!
  3. The course! This is a beautiful (but scary) course in quaint Washougal WA along the Columbia River with views of Mt. Hood and the Gorge! The course is extremely flat and perfect for a Personal Best – especially since you’ll be running for your life!
  4. SWAG! The Finishers’ shirt and Medal Bling is darn SCARY!
  5. Friends & Family! What a wonderful (yet SCARY) way for friends and family to get together and do something fun, active and healthy for Halloween! It will help burn off any of those treat-size candy bars!
  6. Kid-friendly! The 5K course is along a trail away from traffic so perfect for the kiddos. Teach them that Halloween isn’t just about the candy! Plus Kids 12 and under get to register for FREE and kids 13 ~ 17 receive 50% off on their registration!!
  7. It’s so EASY! Washougal is just a quick drive from Vancouver and Portland and parking is super easy. Washougal will quickly become one of our favorite spots to run, bike or hang at the beach. Downtown Washougal has some great restaurants so you can make a day of it! Plus Washougal is one of the oldest established communities in Washington so there’s lots of SCARY history!
  8. Soup & Snacks and FREE Beer! Get your run or walk in and then sit back, relax and enjoy the Halloween Festivities with your buddies!
  9. Free race photos and social media fun! Yep, FREE thanks to IQ Credit Union! Your scary smiles will be captured throughout the day, emailed to you for FREE and then you can share on social media.
  10. Scary Run is a fundraiser for local schools, clubs and non-profits.

Packet Pickup Details


Remember your ID and USAT Membership Card (if applicable). It’s a USAT requirement! If you’re picking up a package for someone else, please be sure to have their signed authorization form and a copy of their ID.

Registration package pick-up location changes so pay attention to the times and days listed below. If you are unable to pick up at any of the times listed below, please email us at to make other arrangements.

Foot Traffic Vancouver Saturday, October 26th from 10 AM to 6 PM
Foot Traffic, 305 SE Chkalov Dr., Vancouver, WA 98683

SUNDAY at Reflection Plaza, Pendelton Way, Washougal WA 7 AM - 10 AM

Your friends and family can also register to participate in Scary Run at Packet Pickup.

NOTE: Now that our events are sanctioned by USATF, you are required to pick up your own packets. In the event you cannot make it to Packet Pickup, you can have someone else pick up your package, but you must sign and print this form and send it with them as well as a copy of your ID. This is an insurance requirement helping to assure that athletes don't give their Bib to someone else to race - an act that would be strictly prohibited for safety reasons.

Awards & Celebrations

Course Records


2019 – Kael Steiner Bailey – 17:46

2016 – Abigail Wall – 19:18


2016 – David Engstrom – 35:12.0

2019 – Alexis Leone – 39:50

Half Marathon:

2019 – Zachary Dulabon – 1:11:17

2023 – Mae Lucey – 1:25:20

Every runner/walker is a winner in our eyes! But to reward those speedsters, here’s what we’ve come up with:

Awards for the Top 3 Overall Male & Female & Masters Champions

Top 3 Age Group Winners in the following categories

9 and under, 10-15, 16-19yrs, 20-24yrs, 25-29yrs, 30-34yrs, 35-39yrs, 40-44yrs, 45-49yrs, 50-54yrs, 55-59yrs, 60-64yrs, 65-69yrs, 70-74yrs, 75-79yrs, 80+

Note: We will not be able to provide awards for walkers due to the inability to control adherence to walking only during the event.

If you choose to race in the Clydesdale (220+ pounds) or Athena (165+ pounds) categories, you are not eligible for Age Group awards. You must choose one or the other.





Why Racing Events is proud to support High School sports programs and other non-profit organizations through this event and all the races and fundraisers on the Why Racing Events calendar each year. Some of the High School sports programs rely solely on the donations made via these events.  Contributions over the years from these NW races and fundraisers have exceeded $3 million dollars. We are very thankful to the athletes, sponsors, vendors, partners and volunteers who contribute to the success of our events, allowing us to offer this support!

What to Bring

Bring the obvious – Costumes are optional but definitely makes the photos more enjoyable and makes it more fun for all! Remember your running/walking shoes & gear, your bib number etc. Watch the weather closely. The show goes on no matter what the weather is doing. Fortunately, if you’re dressed correctly, it shouldn’t matter. If it’s raining, you may want to layer with a water-proof running jacket. If it’s cold, wear some running gloves. Vaseline is always a good idea on any spots that might rub (underarms, inner thighs, feet). Wear your Bib Number on the front of your shirt/jacket which also includes your disposeable chip timing piece. Watch for the cameras en route and give us a big cheesy smile!

Plus remember to bring a warm, clean change of clothing so you can enjoy the post-event festivities.

As a reminder, if your family is going to be cheering you along en route, remind them to bring cowbells, music, fun signs and pom poms to help keep your energy up along the course. Or perhaps, they should dress up and try to scare you as well!

Special Instructions

This race is a fun, costume-themed run/walk. Although titled ‘Scary Run’ your costume doesn’t need to be scary. Be creative and dress in any costume you like as long as you can comfortably and safely run and walk. Feel free to get together with friends and come up with a fun costume theme.

The ‘Scary’ component will surface while you are running along the course and should guarantee some solid personal bests!

Kid’s Events

Kids 12 and under get to register for FREE and kids 13 ~ 17 receive 50% off on their registration!


Can I register on Race Day? Can my friend pick up my packet?

Can I get a refund? Can I transfer my registration to another race or athlete? All registration and packet pickup related questions can be found under the main navigation heading titled “Registration Details”. If you cannot find the answer to your question, please email us at

Are Jogger strollers allowed?

Yes, but please use your best judgement as the little kiddos might be completely freaked out! If you opt to still run with a jogger, please start at the back to avoid tripping up anyone. Your time won’t start until you pass over the timing mat so it won’t affect your race time too much.

Are headsets, earbuds or any type of personal music device allowed in this race?

We prefer for athletes to NOT use music devices to maximize safety, assure a fair competitive environment and assure athletes can hear all course marshal instructions. With that said, we also understand that many athletes rely on music to help endure the challenge of running.  To accommodate the needs of our athletes while still assuring maximum safety and a fair, competitive environment, here is the arrangement that we can accommodate.
•    If you chose to use a personal music device, we ask that you always keep one ear open for instructions so only one ear-bud should be used at any time.
•    We also request that if you chose to use a personal music device that you keep the volume to a minimum to assure all instructions can be heard.

Will you offer a Bag Check?

Yes, but please lock up all your valuables.

Can I switch my t-shirt size?

Getting the shirt sizes accurate for all different body shapes and sizes is extremely difficult! Sometimes shirts run small and sometimes they run big but we often don’t know that until we have them in our hands. If the size of the ‘shirt’ you ordered does not fit, we will be hosting a ‘Shirt’ swap area at the Bag check after the race. We cannot guarantee you will be able to swap but will do our best to accommodate your need.

Can I use roller blades, a bike or skateboard?

Unfortunately, for liability reasons, no bikes, skateboards or rollerblades are allowed.

Will you offer Awards for Walkers-only?

We will not be able to provide awards for walkers due to the inability to control adherence to walking only during the event.

How many porta-potties will you have at the start/finish area?

We have ordered a number of Porta-potties for the start/finish line.

How many porta-potties will be on the Course?

Fortunately, there is a bathroom opportunity about 1 mile from the start/finish area at Cottonwood park.

Where should my family go to cheer me along?

Good spots for your loved ones are:

  • The start/finish line
  • Anywhere along the trail
Are Dogs allowed on course?

Unfortunately due to insurance requirements, only Service Dogs are allowed on course and must start at the end of the race after all other participants have started.

Travel & Accommodations

Washougal and SW Washington have so much to offer so come for the entire weekend and make it a fun and memorable RACE-cation! Although a weekend is not nearly enough to see all the beauty in this area, so feel free to extend your stay or be sure to come back for one of our other local races. You can check off one bucket list item each time you visit – there really is that much to see! Go to Visit Washougal for more information and accommodations in Washougal, WA.

For our out of town guests, if you are flying, you will need to schedule your flight arriving into Portland Oregon. The event start and finish and local hotels are a 20 minute cab ride from the airport.



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701 SE Columbia Shores Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661


Best Western Plus – Port of Camas/Washougal



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Training & Preparation

Ok, Step #1. Register! That puts purpose to your training and forces you to commit - an important part of getting to the finish line!

Sponsors & Exhibitors

Our athletes – triathletes, duathletes, runners, walkers, cyclists – are active, educated, middle to high income earners who are committed to their fitness while also supporting our community.


This event requires a ton of volunteers so if you can recruit friends, family, companies, churches, or sports teams to help that would be extremely helpful. They will get front row seats to all the action!

Event Partners

We’re honored to partner with these great companies to provide you the absolute best race experience. We couldn’t do it without them so please show them the LOVE and support them as a thank you for all they do for our community.





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WHY Racing Events Inc.
210 E 4th St, Suite B
La Center, WA 98629

Phone: (360) 314-4682