Get ready to lace up your running shoes and embrace the Halloween spirit early this year! The 2023 Sheriff Fun Run Zombie 5K is coming to Mingo Creek County Park in Washington County on Sunday, October 8. This thrilling kid-friendly event promises an unforgettable experience, blending fitness, fun, and a touch of spookiness. Whether you're a dedicated runner, a zombie enthusiast, or simply looking for a unique way to enjoy a fall day, this event has something for everyone.

Sheriff Fun Run Zombie 5K

Mingo Creek County Park, a picturesque location known for its scenic beauty, will transform into a spine-chilling playground for the Sheriff Fun Run Zombie 5K. The event organizers have gone all out to create a course that immerses participants in a post-apocalyptic world infested with zombies. As you navigate the course, you'll encounter various zones featuring fog machines, eerie lighting, and zombie actors in full makeup and costumes done by Douglas Education Center students, ready to give you a scare.

Sheriff Fun Run Zombie 5K

The Sheriff Fun Run Zombie 5K isn't just about dodging zombies and screams. It's a legitimate 5K race, so participants can test their speed and endurance while enjoying the adrenaline rush of being pursued by the undead. The race is open to all fitness levels, whether you're a seasoned runner aiming for a personal best or a casual jogger looking to enjoy the excitement, your mission is to complete the race with as many "lives" (flag football belts) as possible. Plus, if you'd rather not be chased by zombies, you can opt for the one mile crawl.


Beyond the heart-pounding race, the Sheriff Fun Run Zombie 5K offers a festival-like atmosphere. Local food vendors including Mudpuddles Espresso Truck and Fire Bus Pizza will be on-site, serving up delicious treats to refuel runners and spectators alike. Hay rides, craft vendors, raffles, and touch-a-truck with sheriff vehicles are just some of the many other fun things happening at this event.

Sheriff Fun Run Zombie 5K

What makes the Sheriff Fun Run Zombie 5K even more special is its charitable aspect. A portion of the event's proceeds will be donated to Washington County Sheriff Office DARE program and other local community initiatives, fostering a sense of unity and giving back. Participants can feel good knowing that their love for running and zombies is contributing to a meaningful cause.

Need to Knows

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  • The actual race takes place in the upper ball field area of Mingo Creek County Park
  • Leashed animals are allowed at this event, but are not permitted to participate in the actual race (service animals are excluded from this)
  • This event will take place rain or shine
  • Wearing of Halloween costumes is discouraged, but festive Halloween t-shirts are permitted

Registration Details

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Registration for the 2023 Sheriff Fun Run Zombie 5K is open now and is $45 per registered runner. Participants can register for the 5K, the crawl, and to get spooky zombie makeup done from the Douglas Education Center. Registration is open to people of all ages and each registration includes an event t-shirt and a unique finisher's medal that doubles as a spooky keepsake.

Sheriff Fun Run Zombie 5K

Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 8th, and join the Sheriff Fun Run Zombie 5K at Mingo Park in Washington County. Whether you're a fitness enthusiast, a Halloween lover, or simply looking for a memorable experience, this event promises a thrilling day of fun, fitness, and frights. Embrace the challenge of navigating the course while zombies lurk around every corner, and enjoy the festive atmosphere that brings the community together for a good cause. Don't miss out on the chance to unleash your inner zombie and make lasting memories at this one-of-a-kind event!

Where to Stay

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There are a range of top-quality hotels available if you intend to visit the Sheriff Fun Run Zombie 5K in Washington County, PA and require accommodation for the night or weekend:

Where to Eat

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The Springhouse

In case you are feeling hungry or would like a bite to eat during your visit to the Sheriff Fun Run Zombie 5K in Washington County, PA, take a look at these nearby restaurants:

Other Activities

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Simmons Farm Pumpkin Patch

If you are seeking to take a break from zombie fun during that weekend and wish to experience a different kind of local activity, Washington County offers something for everyone: