The Great Pumpkin Race

Event Description
Race Location
Course Description
Schedule and Awards

Little Girl Great Pumpkin

Event Description

      The Great Pumpkin Race is a fun run designed not only as a fund raiser for Northwest Children's Home and Syringa House, but also as a thank you to the community of Nampa Idaho for their big hearts and generous help during the rest of the year. The Great Pumpkin Race is actually several events in one. We have the following activities:

  • one mile run
  • one mile walk
  • 5k run
  • 5k walk
  • Outback Steak Feast
  • The Great Pumpkin and his Mascott Friends
  • Activities for ALL the Kids

Outback Steakhouse serves a great lunch for the Great Pumpkin Race participants       Although many of the Race participants are serious competitive entrants, we have designed this Race so that families or other types of teams can run or walk and just have fun. In this spirit, this event draws a lot of community participation.

      The Great Pumpkin Race is starting to attract participants from around the country. Of course, some of them just happen to be here visiting friends or relatives, but a few came just because they have heard that the Great Pumpkin Race was so much fun!

      Several of our local civic organizations, other non-profit organizations and various departments from the City of Nampa Idaho help in various aspects of the Great Pumpkin Race. The volunteer staff alone is around 200 people.

Race Description

      The Great Pumpkin Race is actually several events. The 5k includes a 5k run and a 5k walk. The 1 mile includes a 1 mile run and a 1 mile walk. In either race, you may choose to run or walk. If you elect to walk, you must walk the entire race or be disqualified. If you elect to run, you may run and/or walk the race as you please.

If you want to run, even a little bit, sign up as a runner. Walkers who run will be disqualified

      The one mile race is held entirely within Lakeview park. The course is relatively flat, and designed so parents can have visual supervision of their kids for most of the 1 mile run.

      The 5k race runs through nearby Nampa neighborhoods and finishes up using the 1 mile run course in the park. It is relatively flat and most of the course is concrete or pavement. Of course, the question comes up, "how many miles is 5k?" A 5k is 3.1 miles.

      The course is well marked and we have road guards stationed at appropriate locations. Maps are available at the links below.

1 mile course

5k course

The Great Pumpkin runs with the kids

Race Location

      The Great Pumpkin Race is held annually at Lakeview Park in the city of Nampa Idaho. The park is on Garrity Blvd between 11th Ave. N. and 16th Ave. N.

      By freeway (I-84), take the Garrity Rd. Exit. Drive toward downtown Nampa (south). You will pass under a small set of railroad tracks; just beyond the tracks, look for the "trains and planes", then turn left on 16th Ave. N. and turn right into the Park.

The Great Pumpkin Race Schedule

10:00 - Games for the Kids 12:00 - Finish up Games
10:15 - Start 5k Run and 5k Walk 10:27 -- Watch for winners of 5k run
10:37 -- Watch for winners of 5k walk
11:02 --- Last of 5k run (approx.)
11:11 --- Last of 5k walk (approx.)
10:20 - Start 1 mile run and 1 mile walk 10:24 -- Watch for winners of 1 mile run
10:28 -- Watch for winners of 1 mile walk
10:40 --- Last of 1 mile run (approx.)
10:46 --- Last of 1 mile walk (approx.)
11:00 - Outback Steakhouse Lunch 1:00 - Lunch is done
11:30 - Awards 12:30 - Awards should be done

The Great Pumpkin Race T-Shirts

      All participants of the Great Pumpkin Race receive a custom designed Great Pumpkin Race T-Shirt. The sizes available are:

Adult -- S M L XL XXL
Youth -- S M L

Awards for the Great Pumpkin Race

      The top 3 Male & Female Runners and Walkers in each race receive a prize. The top 3 in each age category also receive a ribbon. These are the age groups.

5k run and 5k walk
14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+.
1 mile Run and 1 mile Walk for Kids
4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-14.

1 mile Run and 1 mile Walk for Adults
15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+.

The Great Pumpkin Race Snacks

      It is recommended that racers consume a healthy snack very soon after exercising. Each participant will receive a snack at the Finish Line.

The Great Pumpkin Race Entry Fees

      All entry fees are due by the saturday before the race. Fees submitted later should include late fees. We do accept entries on race day.

Adults $15, (Late Fee $5)
Kids $10, (Late Fee $5)

Sign up for the Great Pumpkin Race

      We have two ways to sign up for the Great Pumpkin Race. You can sign up on-line using the secure servers at Active.Com or you can print an entry form and mail it with your check.

Online Registration at
Available 2 months before the race
Entry Forms for the Great Pumpkin Race (Mail In)
Entry Forms

Call: (208)463-0916
FAX: (208)463-1216 Northwest Children's Home
504 E. Florida Ave.
Nampa, Id 83686
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