ABOUT THE GREAT PUMPKIN HAUL
The Great Pumpkin Haul is a 2 mile jaunt through forests, open fields, over creeks, hay bails, and through the scenic Botanic Gardens. There is a catch though: you will be covering these two miles carrying your very own personal pumpkin! That’s right. Before the “Haul” you will have a chance to go pick out your very own pumpkin from Chatfield’s pumpkin patch (the pumpkin is included with entry). We will weigh it and mark it and you will be ready to go! Only the best Pumpkin Haulers will finish with out dropping their pumpkin and for the love of fall, don’t pick one that is too light. You need the biggest orange orb you can find!
If you just aren’t feeling quite up to the task of carrying a 10-40lb pumpkin for 2 miles of crazy fun then grab a friend and form a team where you can “share the load”.
We will have awards for the faster hauler, a costume contest, the faster team, and also a “tough pumpkin” category for the heaviest pumpkin and a “pumpkin hauler baler” award for those brave enough to take on 2 pumpkins solo.
After the Haul, enjoy hot apple cider and pumpkin spiced beer, music and annual corn maze, but don’t get lost!
|Date and time
|8/1/2013 11:59 p.m.
|8/18/2013 12:00 a.m.
|10/1/2013 12:00 a.m.
*REGISTER ON A TEAM OF 2 OR MORE AND SAVE $5 EACH ON REGISTRATION!
ONLINE REGISTRATION ENDS NOON ON FRIDAY OCTOBER 25TH!!
There will be on-site registration at both the Friday and Saturday packet pickups.
Registration includes a pumpkin, tee and post run drinks!
$5 tickets to the corn maze will be available for all runners and friends/family members.
Attention families with kids:
This is a great event for the entire family. The event is as hard as you make it and there will be pumpkins of all sizes available to “haul”! Kids 5 and under are free (pumpkin and tee not included but can be purchased for only $10). Bring the entire family, hang out for the after party and enjoy discounted tickets to the corn maze and other festivities Chatfield Botanic Gardens has to offer!
|8990 Barrons Blvd #102Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Friday, October 25th
—> There will be on-site registration here if any of your friends and family miss our noon cutoff.
***Team members can pick up teammate packets, we just need full name and team name
** We HIGHLY recommend attending packet pickup on Friday. It will give you more time on Saturday morning to pick out the best pumpkin, get it weighed and participate in the Pumpkin Bootcamp!
We will NOT be charging for parking woo hoo!!
Also, due to the heavy fall rains early season many pumpkins have soft spots. There are still hundreds great pumpkins in the patch but it may take you longer to find the perfect one (might want to bring gloves). Make sure to arrive plenty early to have time to pick out your pumpkin, weigh it and participate in our killer pumpkin pre-run bootcamp!If you’ve already purchased a pumpkin and/or would like to bring/use your own that is completely fine too! We had plenty of people that did that last year as it gave them time to decorate their pumpkin at home for the haul and saved them time on race day.
October 26th, 2013
Packet pick-up, Pumpkin pick-up and day of registration ($55)
* Make sure to arrive early, even if you’ve already picked up your packet so you can pick up and weigh your pumpkin!
8500 West Deer Creek canyon
8:00-9:30am- Pick your Pumpkin (in the patch of course) and get it weighed.
8:30-9:15am- Pre-haul boot camp (with your pumpkin, ouch-we mean FUN) by Camp Gladiator
9:30am- The Haul Starts
10-12pm- Celebrate all things Fall and Pumpkin (that’s cider, and ale!)
—-> If you are planning on picking up your packet on Friday then on Saturday morning go RIGHT after you cross the bridge to the pumpkin patch.
—-> If you are picking up your packet on Saturday morning go LEFT to the large white packet pickup/registration tent to pick up your packet first.
* The raffle tag on the bottom of your bib will be your ticket to redeem your pumpkin!
WHAT TO BRING:
* Crazy costume- fun prizes for the best hauling costumes!
*Cash for parking, tips, food trucks, pumpkin carving, if you want an extra pumpkin for our “double hauler baler division” and corn maze!
* ID if you’d like to sample any of the adult beverages we will have available
* Get your orange on! We want to be the orangest (is that a word?) race in history! Our race day tees are orange but the more orange the better!
Why would you carry a pumpkin for fun you may ask? Well it all started one clear fall day under the big blue Colorado sky. A few friends were trying to pick out the perfect pumpkin to carve and light up. Did it take the group 5 min to pick each pumpkin and go home? Nooooooo…A bunch of us had to haul those big daddy pumpkins around for 30 minutes. And it got tough, but it was fun. That day inspired The Great Pumpkin Haul and we are gonna have a blast haulin’ those pumpkins and celebrating afterwards!