We are so excited for another thrilling, halloween-themed, Trick or Trail 5K presented by Hunter Subaru. The race is such a unique and fun night-time running experience! It is a fundraiser for the Friends of Dupont, so give their volunteers lots of air high-fives out on the course and say hello and ask them how you can get involved with their non-profit organization.

Here is what you need to know for the race on Saturday, October 23rd, 2021 at Dupont State Forest: 

Important Info

  • No strollers allowed due to the roots and gravel

  • Sorry no dogs allowed to take place during this run! They are a tripping hazard for this event. 

  • Dress up! It’s Halloween season and the theme this year is ‘Classic Disney.’ Costume contest prizes will be given for the following categories: Funniest, Overall Kids and Disney
  • There is construction happening on Sky Valley Road and the road is down to one lane. Leave yourself plenty of time to get to the race.

Parking at Trick or Trail 

There is plenty of parking at Guion Farms and overflow parking available at the race hub - start/finish area. Click HERE for directions. The address is: 3045 Sky Valley Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28739.  You will see parking/race signs and volunteers directing you to the parking areas.

Packet Pickup

Packet Pickup will take place starting at 6pm at the idaph and First Bank tent near the picnic shelter. There is no packet pickup before event day. We will also be handing out free glow necklaces, bracelets when you check in!

Race Start Course

This is a mass start race at 7:15pm. We have limited the field to 150 participants this year. All runners will start together at 7:15pm. We will not allow ‘late’ starts for this race.


The route is very simple and easy to navigate in the dark. The race is on non-technical wide service roads and double track trails, making it a perfect race for all abilities of runners, joggers and walkers. The course is marked impeccably with signs and course markings and volunteers will be along the way, so runners can easily find their way. 

  • We have one water station on the course this year. Green Moose Fuel will be at the water station at Buck Forest Road and Thomas Cemetary intersection at approx mile 1.25. There will be water and Green Moose Fuel!

The 5k Course is run entirely through the wooded Dupont State Forest. Start Buck Forest Road, Continue on Buck Forest Road for approx. 1.25 miles, Left onto Thomas Cemetery, Stay on Thomas Cemetery until approx. mile 2.75, then Turn Right onto Buck Forest Road to Finish. 


Trick or Trail Map and Cue Sheet HERE

No strollers allowed due to the roots and gravel.

Sorry no dogs allowed to take place during this run! They are a tripping hazard for this event.

Post Race Happenings
  • Halloween wouldn’t be a holiday without candy! At the finish pick up your color changing, Run Local cup filled with candy!
  • Vote for your favorite Disney themed costume
  • Yummy soup provided by the Hendersonville Community Co-op
  • Settle in by the warming fire and make yourself a s’more!
  • Awards ceremony will take place shortly after all have finished at approximately 8:30pm at the picnic shelter.

Costume Contest

Each year the race has a fun theme, which is a great chance for kids, youth and kids-at-heart to have their own fun at a Halloween themed event and break in costumes early! “We all grew up watching the classic Disney movies, so this year it’s time to embrace your favorite Classic Disney character and get dressed in Disney style,” said Kirkwood. Costumes are highly encouraged, and awesome prizes will be given out for the best ones that tie into this year’s theme.


Awards categories are here.   Results can be found here during and after the race.


We look forward to Saturday and seeing you all!


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