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Running with the Devil

Posted by Chrissy Horan  October 29, 2013 10:07 PM

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I'm not a big Halloween fan. I hate being scared and I've never gotten really excited about dressing up in costume. I'm pretty much only in it for the candy.

So it surprised my friends and family that I was excited to run the Devil's Chase, a 6.66 mile race last Saturday in the Halloween capital of the world, Salem, Massachusetts.

Perhaps unlike many of the other 967 runners there on Saturday morning, I was less excited about kicking off the haunted holiday week and more excited about running a nice mid-distance race on a friendly, flat course. Ok, and it was pretty entertaining running next to a giant hot dog.


The race was organized by B&S Event Management. They host a few races throughout the year in the Salem area (not all include costumes). I've run this race in 2011 and the Black Cat 20 Miler in 2012. All 3 times I have run one of their races I have been impressed with the event, from signage along the course to the t-shirts.

Devil's Chase Shirt

If you are a Halloween fan, I'd definitely recommend it as both a good race and fun event. I would say I was in the minority without a costume or Halloween-themed attire.

Finish Line Costumes

Costume Group
And if you're not a Halloween lover, I'd still also recommend it as a way to observe the festivities or just run a fast 10k+. At the very least, it's a good excuse to indulge in a bag of candy corn later.

Zombi Dance

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     Chrissy Horan has been running around Boston and nearby neighborhoods since 2000. An athlete through high school and college, she has found the running community in Boston to More »

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