The Anoka Gray Ghost Run has been an Anoka Halloween tradition since 1985. Whether you’re a serious runner or just want to have some fun in front of more than 25,000 Grand Day Parade spectators, the Gray Ghost is serious fun.

Date: Saturday, October  30, 2021

Registration & Check-in: 10:00am – 12:30 pm

Check-in at Franklin Elementary School at 215 West Main Street

Race Start: 12:50 pm

Performance Awards:

Trophy presented to overall 1st place for men and for women in the 5K.  Awards given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each of nine divisions for men and women.  No awards or trophies in the One Mile Fitness Walk.

Costume Contest:

All participants are eligible for the costume contest. Medals will be awarded to:

  • top 5 judged individuals
  • top 5 judged 2 to 3 person teams
  • top 5 judged group participants

To qualify for group awards, the group must participate as a unit throughout the event entered. Costume judging will be held in the gym at Franklin School during registration. Judging ends at 12:40 pm. Costume awards given out at the finish line area.

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race photos courtesy of ABC Newspapers

Route Map

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Q: What are the award divisions?

A: The award divisions are 12 and under, 13-17, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+

Q: How much does it cost to register?

A: Registration is $25 before October 15, and $30 after. Registration includes a long-sleeve, moisture-wicking event shirt and post-race snacks.

Q: Where do I park?

A: There is street parking available. Spaces fill up early! Plan extra time to find a place to park. Be aware that many streets close to the parade route will be blocked off.

Q: Where do event proceeds go?

A: Proceeds from the Gray Ghost Run help defray the cost of keeping Anoka’s Main Street attractive. This includes the white lights on the trees, the upkeep and hanging of the Halloween and other banners on the light poles, as well as other beautification and maintenance items throughout the year.

Q: If I can't make it to the race, can I get a refund?

A: Sorry, refunds are not available.

Q: Can I wear headphones during the race?

A. For safety, headphones should not be worn during the race.

Q: Are strollers allowed on the course?

A: Yes, strollers are allowed.  We ask that anyone with a stroller to go to the back of the start line for their safety when the race starts.

Q: Can I bring my pet on the race course?

A: Fido will have to sit this one out. Animals are not allowed on the race course for their safety and the safety of other participants.

Event Route

The first mile of the run takes you past an estimated 25,000 cheering spectators assembled for the Halloween Grand Day Parade.

The one-mile fitness walk finishes near the end of the parade route. 5K participants continue on residential streets. Participants can pick up their shirts, enjoy refreshments, and watch the performance and costume contest awards at the end of the route.