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WCTE's Haunted Half Marathon

WCTE PBS's Haunted Half Marathon: Now In-Person or Virtual!! 

The Upper Cumberland Haunted Half marathon will be run on Saturday, October 16, 2021 with a start time of 7 a.m. Central Time.  

Registration is open and is totally online (with no hidden fees!) through the morning of the race. Register online at any time until race start.

There is also a Virtual Haunted Half option - Oct. 1-16 with a discounted registration cost! Virtual finishers still get a medal & shirt, if registered by Sunday, Sept. 19th! You don't need to run with any special app, just complete your run and enter your time and any photos via Run Sign Up! Click here for instructions to submit your time.  If you are registered for the Haunted Half and decide at last minute to run virtually, please email us and we will change your registration.  Refunds will not be given.

Runners can run the full 13.1 mile course, or form a relay team of 3 and run a 4-5 mile segment.  All runners, both full distance and relay members, receive a race shirt and medal.

Medals and shirts are Halloween themed, and we encourage runners and team to dress in costume (it’s just fun!!).  In addition to overall and age group awards, unique awards will also be given to the best male and female costume and best relay team costume. 

Packet pick up will be on Friday, October 15 from 4-7 p.m. at Express Footwear (1430 Interstate Drive, Cookeville), our premier race sponsor and running shoe headquarters. Look for table set up outside the store to check in, then head into the store to get your race shirt and support our sponsor.  A Hoka representative will be there to answer any questions and help with fitting. Masks are encouraged but not required inside Express Footwear. Race bibs and packets may also be picked up race morning between 5:30 and 6:40 a.m. in the University Center lobby, near the start line on North Dixie.

To keep our runners safe, Covid infection prevention measures, in accordance with CDC and local guidelines at the time, will be instituted (Click here for more info).  Pets and strollers are NOT allowed on the course.  Headphones and earbuds are discouraged.


All Haunted Half runners receive discounted Blues and Brews tickets! 


Tickets must be purchased at the time the runner  registers for the race. 

21+ ONLY please!! 

Race Registration & Shirt Deadline

  1. Registration Fees
    • $75 individual until race day;  $80 on race day
    • $170/relay team of 3 until race day;  $180 on race day
  2. The deadline to be GUARANTEED A RACE SHIRT has passed! Shirts will be given on a first come first serve basis, 
  3. Packet pick up and in-person registration will be Friday, Oct. 15. from 4-7 p.m. at Express Footwear.
  4. All finishers will receive a Finishers Medal!


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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 support local media coverage for WCTE's weekly Live at 5:00, and you support access to over the air programming that keep viewers engaged, educated and inspired. When you run the Haunted Half Marathon, you promote life-long learning!

DiscountBlues and Brews Tickets!!

It qualifies you for the Run the Cumberland Series!

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 receive long sleeved shirt and race medal.

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

Awesome shirt design - A long sleeve race shirt with a distinctive design you are sure to wear again and again.Deadline for receiving a Haunted Half shirt with registration has passed. Shirts will be given out on a first-come first-serve basis going forward. 

Awards - Awards will be given to Overall 1st, 2nd, 3rd place male/female runners; 1st place Masters male/female over 50; and 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in each 5 year age group, beginning with under 19; 1st place relay team.   Judged awards will also be given to Best Costume male/female and Best costume Relay team. 

Participants - Participants must be 12 years old prior to race day.

2021 Haunted Half Medal

Haunted Half 2021 Sponsors

Click here to view our generous sponsors! To be a sponsor for the 2021 Haunted Half Marathon, please contact Tiffany McDonald at for information.