Pumpkin Run tradition continues in Kent

The Pumpkin Run tradition continues in Kent.

The 39th annual event will be held Oct. 25 with a children’s fun run at 11:15 a.m. and the 5-mile Pumpkin Run at noon.

The course will begin and end in the center of town.

Due to the event’s proximity to Halloween, many runners wear costumes and increase their chance of winning if not for speed, but for fashion.

Each year the race becomes more fun and adds new features.

The Chamber of Commerce has partnered since 2011 with the Kent Memorial Library’s car raffle, using the vehicle as a pace car, encouraging the purchase of tickets and staging the drawing on race day.

A red 2013 Ford Mustang will lead the way this year.

Beginning in 2010, the race has offered a charitable link to the Kent Food Bank asking spectators and runners to bring nonperishable food to the start/finish area on race day or donate money by registering online.

The event will also allow two local charities to raise funds for their causes.

The Julia’s Wings Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to families of children with life-threatening hematological diseases and to medical professionals for health care research. It was started by the Malsin family, of Sherman, following the death of their daughter, Julia, in 2012.

The Race for Aydan is led by Toni Soule, of Kent, to help support the Ronald MacDonald House and the Edgewood Developmental School, both of which have been essential in helping her grandson, Aydan, and his family deal with his chromosome disorder.

For more information, visit www.kentpumpkinrun.com or call the Kent Chamber of Commerce at 860-592-0061.