Thank you so much to our participants and volunteers for making 2023 an awesome event!
Congrats to our Youth Running Challenge donation winners, chosen by the votes cast by three randomly selected finishers:
New Lebanon (Sara Frank) - Yellow Springs (Graham Turnmire) - Miamisburg (Tom Helfinstine)
And, for sending the most volunteers, the Dayton Wolverines!
Thank you for all the voting and generous additional donations that so many of you contributed :)
Sinclair Community College - Centerville
12:30pm - 6:00pm, Tuesday, October 24th
Race Day Only!
Location: 5800 Clyo Road, Centerville, OH 45459
Please arrive no later than 6pm to secure a parking spot and entry to the event. Traffic will likely be heavy during this time.
Lots of parking at Sinclair! Please reserve the parking spaces closest to the building for those with limited mobility. Overflow available in the St. Francis church lot to the east of Sinclair. Carpool to make it even more fun!!
Race Day - sign up in person only!
$40 adults / $35 kids (cash, check, or credit card)
PLEASE NOTE: THE REDUCED PRICE FOR AGES 10 and UNDER WILL SHOW ON THE PAYMENT INFO/PURCHASE SUMMARY PAGE OF REGISTRATION, AFTER ENTERING BIRTH DATES!
Race Proceeds Benefit
In line with the mission of the Ohio River Road Runners Club, the Dayton Ghost 'n Goblin 5k will benefit local school running programs. When you register, select which school district you want to receive a donation - see the Youth Running Challenge section below for more details on how winners will be selected!
Are you not a runner or walker? You can still join in on the fun! The Ohio River Road Runner's Club is an *ALL VOLUNTEER* charitable organization and we need nearly 150 volunteers to make the Ghost N Goblin 5k happen each year! Each volunteer receives a race shirt and our gratitude for their help and assistance! Please visit our Volunteer page to sign-up as a volunteer!
Shirt availability & shirt sizes guaranteed only for participants registered by October 16, 2023. We will make every attempt to get you into a proper fitting shirt, but for logistics reasons, we cannot guarantee this after October 16.
2023 Ghost 'n Goblin Shirts
Our shirts this year are an awesome Halloween orange with our brand new, spooky Ghost 'n Goblin 5k logo! We really enjoy the feel and fit of these shirts, and we hope you do too!
Our adult sized shirts are available in XS-4XL
Youth shirts available in Youth XS - Youth XL
Head to our shirts page for more details on sizing to ensure you get a great fit!
At packet pick-up, if you get a shirt that doesn't fit well, bring it back, unworn, and we'll gladly exchange it if we have your desired size amongst those set aside for late registrants. Please know that we cannot exchange away a shirt-size promised to another early registrant, and even though we order extra, it's imperative for us to make sure everyone gets the size they ordered before we swap.
We love our new shirt & logo design and hope you do too!
2023 Sponsors and Door Prize Donors
Ghost 'n Goblin Youth Running Challenge
What is the GnG Youth Running Challenge?Ghost 'n Goblin is the second largest fundraiser for the Ohio River Road Runner's Club (behind Turkey Trot, and as race directors we're hoping to make it #1)! Our mission is to give back to the community by encouraging running (or walking) in our community, so this year we're giving back to our region's youth runners! We'll be donating part of Ghost 'n Goblin's proceeds to help four local school running programs.
How Do I Help?1. Register for the Ghost 'n Goblin 5k!2. Select a school district on your registration form.3. Tell your friends to sign up & pick their favorite school district.4. That's it! It's that simple & you just helped young runners and walkers in our area!5. Want to give even more? You'll have an option for an extra donation at registration.
How are Challenge Winners Selected?When you register for the Ghost 'n Goblin 5k, you'll be asked to select a school district from the Dayton area to help out as a part of your registration. Pick your favorite and your vote will be cast! Three finishers will be selected at random, and the school they voted for will be a winner! They will receive up to $500 for equipment, uniforms, race entries, or other items to help encourage & support youth running/health.
Note: If the same school was selected by more than one of our randomly selected finishers, we will draw to reach 3 unique recipients. The plan is for our fourth donation to go to the school or group with the most volunteers.
Find Out Who Won!The 2023 Ghost 'n Goblin 5k Youth Running Challenge winners will be announced on our website and via social media and race emails!
Your school could be this year's winner!
Fun and Entertainment
What's a Halloween run without a costume contest? Dress up in your best costume and be eligible for some great prizes! The contest will be held shortly before the race starts. Show up and you're entered!
The best part of finishing is the post-race food, right? This year, enjoy warm, gooey-cheese pizza when you're done, along with other snacks and, of course, bananas!
Tons of Raffle Prizes!
The raffle prizes are back, generously donated by Miami Valley businesses and organizations!
We'll have some great awards again this year, and there might even be a little something for every finisher!
Top 3 overall male and female awards
Age groups, awards presented to top 3:
8 and under, 9-11, 12-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+
RRCA State Championship Awards: top male and female overall, 40+, 50+ and 60+
Note: You must be present at the post-race Awards Ceremony to receive your award.
The Ghost 'n Goblin™ 5k is all about fun, but this is where we have to be a little strict (for everyone's safety and enjoyment of the event). Failure to comply with the rules or the guidance or commands or a race official or volunteer may result in removal from the event.
The use of jogging strollers is discouraged. Walkers with standard walking-strollers must start in the *BACK* of the pack. Runners who elect to participate with strollers, against the RRCA safer racing guidelines, must start on the edge/side of the race. Persons with strollers found in the middle or front of the starting pack, or inhibiting other participants in any way, will be removed from the event.
No Animals (e.g. dogs, cats, pets): we love them, but not everybody will feel comfortable with them and our insurance forbids it. Persons with animals will be removed from the event. Those with service animals may be requested to show documentation and may be asked to start on the side of the race or in the back, away from the pack (the race is chip timed, so this won't affect your time).
Headphones are *strongly discouraged*: they reduce your ability to hear vehicles (it's a closed course, but emergency vehicles may need to use the road) and directions from the race staff. Participants not following race staff/volunteer commands and guidance may be removed from the event.
Race officials commands, including those of the race directors, volunteers, safety, medical, fire, and other professionals shall be followed at all times, especially when concerning the safety, health, and well-being of any and all participants.
Follow all laws, good safety practices, and use common sense, please! :-)
Race Results Rules
All participants will be issued a disposable timing chip on the back of their race number.
Do not remove the chip from the back of your bib.
Participants are responsible for wearing their number throughout the event.
We hate to be harsh, but: No Number = No Results = No Awards.