Online Registration ends at 11:59pm on Wednesday, Oct. 7th!

Registration online at  closes for the Running Scared 5k on Wednesday, Oct. 7th, however, there is always Late Registration and Day of the Event Registration if you missed it.

The Race is Sat., Oct. 10th at 6pm. We have packet pick up on Friday, Oct. 9th from noon until 6pm at Haffey Fieldhouse, 1599 West Street, Reading, Ohio 45215.  You will also be able to sign up for Late Registration on Friday for $30.

Day of the Event Registration for $35, is Sat., Oct. 10th from 4:00-5:45pm at Reading Veteran’s Memorial Stadium, 1600 West Street, Reading, Ohio 45215.  The race starts at 6pm. Get your costume on, grab your friends and come join us for a memorable night of fun. Party directly after the race until 10pm.  Food, Beer Garden, Live Music from Ooh La La and the Greasers – all included with your race registration price!


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Sat., Oct. 10th at 6pm

For those of you unfamiliar with the Route, here is a map. Remember if you park inside the Haffey Fieldhouse lot, you will NOT be able to leave until the last runner has finished the race. There is street parking available on Market Street, Pleasant Street and North Street, then walk over to the Stadium and Fieldhouse.  See map below.

map of route 2015






The Course is flat, out and back. Finish on the track inside the Reading Veteran’s Memorial Stadium, then head over across the parking lot to the Post Race Party.  This is gonna be a great evening so tell all of your friends and family to join us. Don’t feel like doing the 5k?  Just come to the party instead. Tickets are $20 and the money raised goes to Youth Education.  Register today before the price goes up!


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Only 2 weeks away! The race is Sat., Oct. 10th at 6pm!

Did you get a team together to walk “In Memory of” or “In Honor of” someone?  What better way to remember or honor a loved one than to help give children a great education? When you come to pick up your bib number, you will be asked if you are walking for someone.  You can sign their name on the poster at that time and we will announce the names before the 5k begins.

Do you have your costume yet?  Yes, we encourage costumes. It makes the whole evening more fun.  We have a costume contest and award prizes at the Post Race Party at 8pm. So stick around if you have a great costume and see if you win!

So have you registered yet?  If not, what are you waiting for?  This is the best race and party in the area.  Tell all your friends and bring them along.  They can register online or print off a form from our registration page.  All the details are there. See you soon!

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“One of our favorite races. We never miss it!”

You can see why people love our 5k.  In this new era where you may or may not get a banana after you pay big bucks to run a race, we still give you a great post race PARTY!

Sign up today while the price is still at its lowest – only $25. You can enjoy our live band, Ooh La La and the Greasers, our Beer Garden, food from our generous sponsors: Sammy’s Gourmet Burgers, El Pueblo, Penn Station, John Morrell Love Van, Chili Cookoff, McDonald’s and United Dairy Farmers.  The race is Sat., Oct. 10th at 6pm. Tell all your friends!  Get your costume on and you may win our costume contest. Door prizes awarded only to pre-registrants. Do you really need any other reason?  Sign up today!

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This year’s Running Scared 5k is Sat., Oct. 10, 2015!

This year’s 5k is going to be the best yet!  Our post race party is shaping up to be awesome. The band is Ooh La La and the Greasers! Sammy’s Gourmet Burgers and El Pueblo are supplying lots of delicious food. The John Morrell Love Van is going to be grilling up and serving their tasty hot dogs on Klosterman buns. Penn Station has agreed to supply us with their savory East Coast Subs. We are going to be having our annual Chili booth with homemade recipes as well as JTM’s chili. The beer booth will be serving outside by the fire and the atmosphere is always fun filled.  Get your costumes ready and join us for the best time you will have running or walking 3.1 miles, because the party is going on when you get done.

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Thanks to our wonderful sponsors, this party is gonna ROCK!

love vanThat’s right! The John Morrell LOVE VAN will be cooking up and serving some delicious hot dogs at the Post Race Party.

Penn Station – Hartwell & Clifton locations, has also joined us again this year as a sponsor to provide delicious East Coast Subs for the party.

What are you waiting for?  Sign up now!

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Registration for the Running Scared 5k is Now $25

To register for the Running Scared 5k, you may download this printable registration form and mail in with your check.  The form must be received by Oct. 7th to be registered at the $25 price.  Price increases at midnight Oct. 7th.  Late Registration may be done at the Packet Pick Up on Friday, Oct. 9th for $30. Day of Registration can be done on Race Day, Oct. 10th for $35.

What are you waiting for?  Click here and Mail it in today! Race Registration 2015

You may also register online at

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Early Registration Forms save you $5

To save $5, your Early Race Registration Form must be postmarked by July 15, 2015.

You can download a Form here: Early Race Registration 2015

Print it off, fill it in, be sure to sign the waiver and mail it in with your check.

All the information is on the form for who to make the check out to and where to mail it to. If you decide you would like to add a great looking t-shirt for just $10 more, please make sure you fill out if you want long sleeve or short sleeve and the size.  If no choice is marked, you will get a short sleeve. Thanks for committing early to participate in the 5K! Be sure to tell all of your friends, so they can save $5 too!

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Let’s Hear It For the Band!

We are so happy to announce this year’s band for our Post Race Party is                               Ooh La La and the Greasers! Directly after the 5k, beginning at 6:30pm, racers will be entertained by Cincinnati’s Most Well Known and Long Standing Old Rock and Roll Band. Entrance into the Post Race Party, at Haffey Fieldhouse, is included with Race Entry registration. However, if you just want to come to the Party, you may purchase your tickets beginning June 1st at  It’s a night you won’t want to miss.  Ooh La La, is ending  its 40th year with a Farewell Performance at The Running Scared 5k!  You can read more about their band by clicking on this link:


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Gearing up for our 8th Running Scared 5k!

This year’s new logo is ready. Our shirts will be golden yellow this year. If you haven’t started collecting our shirts yet, what are you waiting for???  We started with black originally in 2008. We have had neon green, purple, orange, blue, red and chocolate brown. Our little skeleton has changed through the years too. I think he is getting cuter and cuter, just like his little running companions this year.

Remember to tell all of your friends about this year’s race. We want it to be the best one yet. Our post race party is going to be a blast!  Ooh La La and the Greasers will be playing and we have some wonderful food sponsors again this year. For starters, Sammy’s Gourmet Burgers and El Pueblo will be back.  Check back often at this website and on facebook: Running Scared 5k to learn of the newest sponsors who will be joining us and just to keep up with what’s going on.

Early Registration starts June 1st!  Save a few bucks and make sure you get to run the best race in Cincinnati- The Running Scared 5k!

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