The Kent Pumpkin Run will host its 35th edition Oct. 30, sponsored by the Kent Chamber of Commerce. Runners are encouraged to "Conquer the Cobble -- In a Costume." In other words, race organizers welcome runners wearing Halloween costumes. The most creative costumes will be recognized during the post-race awards ceremony.

The race has also formed a partnership with Kent Memorial Library to promote the organization's annual car raffle.

The raffle's grand prize, a 2000 Porsche Boxster, has been designated as the event's official pace car, and will lead participants along the scenic, five-mile course through and around the village of Kent.

In addition to prize money, the top male and female runners will be awarded complimentary entries in the raffle, courtesy of the Chamber of Commerce.

The drawing for the car will take place during the race's awards ceremony.

Raffle tickets are available at Kent Memorial Library for $20. The car is on display outside the library.

Proceeds will benefit the library's annual operating budget.

Awards will be given to the top three race finishers in age-group categories. Prize money of $200, $100 and $50 will be given to the top three overall finishers. An extra $200 will be given to the first finisher who breaks the course record.

Race-day donations of non-perishable foods will be accepted from spectators and participants alike, as well as from families of runners in the Kids Fun Run. Donations will be made to the Kent Food Bank. Major race sponsors include Union Savings Bank, Winters Bros. Waste Systems and Davis IGA.

The Kids Run will precede the Pumpkin run, with an 11:15 a.m. start at Town Hall. For registration for the Pumpkin Run and more information about the race and the Kids Fun Run, check

A kick-off party for the 35th annual Pumpkin Run will be held Oct. 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Villager Restaurant at 28 North Main Street in Kent. Those attending are asked to bring a non-perishable donation of the Kent Food Bank. If planning to attend, email or call 860-927-1463.