"We do have some 10K-ers already registered," said United Way executive director Dawn Holley. Because this is the first year for the 10K event, training classes were held in advance for those interested in building up their stamina and endurance.
Registrations will still be accepted on the day of the race, and at a spaghetti supper the night before, but early registration guarantees a T-shirt.
The race also has a new starting and finish line, on the grounds of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. The race will begin and end on the Evans Street side of the facility, in front of the Celebration offices.
Holley said Monday that more than 50 registrations had been received so far, and that she knew of teams representing about 60 more runners that were expected by the early registration deadline. She said registrations are on track to equal last year's figure of 195 participants.
"Usually by Friday we'll have a pretty good idea," she said.
In years past, the race has been held on the same day as United Way Child Safety Day. This year, the race had to move up a week, and while the intent wasn't to separate the two events Holley said each has grown so much in the past few years that it makes sense to do so. Child Safety Day will be held on Oct. 29 at H.V. Griffin Park.
The Spooktacular race has a fun atmosphere, said Holley, and Halloween costumes are encouraged. Heritage Medical Center is the premiere sponsor for the event.
Prizes will be awarded in various age and gender divisions for both the 5K and 10K races. There will also be a prize for best costume.
A spaghetti dinner will be held Friday, Oct. 21, at Heritage Medical Center for walk-in registration or for those who have pre-registered to pick up their packets. The cost for the spaghetti dinner is $5.
Holley said last year's event raised more than $6,000. United Way funds a variety of health and human service agencies serving Bedford County. Various employers have United Way pledge campaigns in the fall and offer payroll deduction of United Way gifts throughout the year.