Pumpkin Classic Run and Walk



One of the most popular events at the Morton Pumpkin Festival is our Pumpkin Classic Run & Walk, sponsored by LIBBY’S® Pumpkin.





We have a few changes for 2019! The 2-mile event is now officially an untimed fun run/walk and kicks off just ahead of the 10K runners. We will begin the festivities at 7:00am and send off the 2-milers at 7:15am, followed by the 10k runners at 7:30am. This will allow for less congestion throughout the race, at the split, and most importantly at the finish line! The flat course runs through town to the outskirts of Morton and then finishes on Jefferson Street, in the heart of the Pumpkin Festival.


The 2-mile fun run/walk welcomes old, young, short, tall, strollers, and wheelchairs.  No roller blades or dogs allowed in either event.


After the race, participants are invited to join us at the Post Race Party for beverages, snacks, our famous pumpkin donuts, music, and a fun area to hang out with fellow racers and family members. RETURNING IN 2019 – each participant will receive a complimentary entry to the Pumpkin Pancake and Sausage breakfast! There will be an awards ceremony at approximately 9:00am.

2019 Race Information

DATE: Saturday, September 14
STARTING TIMES: Announcements begin at 7:00am, 2-Mile Fun Run/Walk begins at 7:15am, 10K Race begins 7:30am 
POST RACE TIMES: Post-Race Party and Awards Ceremony begin at approximately 9:00am
ROUTE: Begins at 200 block of North First Avenue and ends at Jefferson Street near Main
PRICE: $30 for the 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk (untimed), $40 for the 10K


This race has a limited capacity for runners. Race shirts are only guaranteed to those who register before we hit capacity or by midnight on Monday, September 9, 2019, whichever comes first. Adult sizes of the race shirt will be long-sleeved and youth sizes will be short-sleeved.


Important Note: Given the race route for the 10K is a part of the Pumpkin Festival’s parade route, please recognize that the 10K course will require all participants to maintain a minimum pace of 16:00 minutes per mile. Anyone not able to maintain this pace will be asked to proceed at their own risk on the sidewalks with no course support. Note that the sidewalks will be quite busy given the preparations for the parade. If necessary, please choose to participate in the 2-mile event which has no time restrictions and still results in a pancake breakfast!

Prizes: One overall winner for the 10K Men's, Women's and Wheelchair divisions will receive $50.  Top 3 finishers in each age group will receive a pumpkin pie!  All 10K finishers will receive a pumpkin finisher’s medal. The 2-mile fun run/walk does not have any prizes, but also includes the post-race party/refreshments and the pumpkin pancake and sausage breakfast!

10K Women:
0-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+

10K Men:
0-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+


Packet Pick-Up:  Either on Friday, September 13, from 5:00-7:00pm at Lincoln School (100 S. Nebraska Ave., Morton, IL), or on Saturday morning beginning at 6:00am in the 200 block of North First Avenue.


Map of the 10K route

Map of the 2 Mile route



2018 Pumpkin Classic Results

Top Female overall = Hannah Booker, Tremont


Top Male overall = Noah Neace, Normal


View the 2018 race results HERE


Past Race Results

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