With the race’s Halloween theme many participants get into the spirit of the day by dressing up in costumes for the run, Hibben says. In past years she’s seen everything from people wearing orange and Halloween shirts people coordinating costumes including a group of friends who dress up as different colored M&M candies each year.
“It’s a fun community day,” Hibben says, adding that many racers stay in the downtown for a post race meal at the local restaurants or check out the shopping.
The Oswego Area Chamber of Commerce and Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare are the major sponsors of the race. Each year the race donates a portion of the proceeds to charity and this year the organizers decided to use the funding to support scholarships for graduating seniors at Oswego and Oswego East high schools for students who give back to the community through volunteering.
Advance registration is recommended, however there will be on-site registration prior to the races. The Meow Mile starts at 9 a.m. and the 5K and 10K races start at 9:30 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in the timed race.
The race is part of the Tri Race series with Plainfield, Naperville. Runners can opt to run the Plainfield Harvest 5K on Sept. 29 and the Naperville Healthy Driven half-marathon or 5K Oct. 20 along with the Fraidy Cat 5K or 10K and earn special swag.