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WCTE's Haunted Half Marathon

WCTE PBS Upper Cumberland Haunted Half Marathon, Relay & 5K - October 21, 2023

The 15th annual Haunted Half Marathon is now the Upper Cumberland Haunted Half Marathon, Relay and 5K! The newly added 5K, we hope, will encourage new runners to come out and enjoy this fun fall event. 

Another new addition to this race is that runners will have the option to get a short or long sleeve shirt, but make sure you are registered by Sept. 15th to be guaranteed a shirt. 


All participating runners will receive discounted Craft Beer Festival tickets that can be purchased online at the race registration check-out. The Craft Beer Festival starts at noon in Dogwood Park! 


We hope to see you on October 21 for a full day of participating FUN!! 

5K race will start at 7:15 a.m., with the Relay and 13.1 mile race starting at 7:00 a.m.

At a Glance Important Dates:

Oct. 21, 2023 - Haunted Half Marathon, Relay & 5K

April 21, 2023 - Registration opens

Sept. 15, 2023 - Deadline to be Guaranteed a Shirt

Oct. 1, 2023 - Deadline to Transfer Race Registration

Oct. 13, 2023 - Deadline To Volunteer

Oct. 19, 2023 - Early registration closes (Midnight) 

Oct. 20, 2023 - Early packet pickup, 11 am - 7 pm at Express Footwear on Interstate Drive

Oct. 21, 2023 - Late registration, 5:30-6:30 am

Why should you run the Upper Cumberland Haunted Half Marathon?

When you register, 100% of your race entry proceeds go directly to support WCTE PBS! By supporting WCTE PBS, you are supporting access to engaging, educating and inspiring programming. When you run the Haunted Half Marathon, you promote life-long learning!

All eligible participating runners will receive a discount on a Craft Beer Festival Ticket!! The festival is held in Dogwood Park on the same day as the Haunted Half. Attendees will receive a commemorative glass for craft beer sampling and all the festival amenities. This event is also a fundraiser for WCTE PBS.  

The Haunted Half marathon qualifies you for the Run the Cumberland Series - Click here for more info PLUS how to receive your Run the Cumberland Medal if you qualified!

Relay Race - Is 13.1 miles too scary? Grab some boo’s or ghouls and form a relay team! A team of 3 can register, each person runs an equal amount 4.36 miles, and each participant will receive a short or long sleeved shirt option, custom bib, and race finishers medal. Relay team registration $165 / $180 (late registration)

Inaugural 5K -The 5K is new to the Haunted Half marathon! Runners will enjoy the same start and finish line, as well as the first mile of the half marathon. Each participant will receive a short or long sleeved shirt option, race finishers medal and custom bib. 5K registration $40 / $45 / $50 (late registration). Please note that the 5K race will start at 7:15 a.m., with the Relay and 13.1 mile race starting at 7:00 a.m.

Unique finisher's medal - Every year we feature a unique "haunted" themed finisher's medal that every runner who completes the race will receive.

Awesome shirt design - A custom short and long sleeve race shirt option with a distinctive themed design is included in your registration. Make sure you sign up before the shirt cut-off date to be guaranteed a shirt. This shirt will surely be one you want to wear again and again. Shirt guarantee deadline is September 15, 2023.  

Awards – For the half marathon awards will be given to Overall 1st, 2nd, 3rd place male/female runners; 1st place, Master male/female over 40, and Grand Masters male/female over 50; and 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in each 5 year age group, beginning with under 19; 

  • For the relay teams that run the half marathon a 1st & 2nd place will be awarded.
  • For the 5K an overall 1st, 2nd, 3rd place male/female will be awarded. 
  • Best Costume male/female and Best costume Relay team will be awarded. 


Participants - Participants must be 12 years old prior to race day to run the half marathon and 10 years old prior to race day to run the 5K.

2023 Haunted Half Finishers Medal

Helpful training links:

2022 Race Results & Photos