Sun King Spooktacular 5k Run/Walk and 1 mile BOO Run

Wear your scariest or funniest costumes for a chance at prizes. Challenging course in the beautiful Fondren residential area. Awesome music from local DJ before and after the event. Great post race food, health fair and kids activities. All entrants will be eligible for door prize drawings from local businesses and restaurants.

Race Co-chair Margaret Devours gives us the low down on the nearly two-decade-old race:

Give us a brief history lesson about how this race came to be? The race was originally created and organized in memory of Ernest Davidson, a triathlete and Fondren resident who died tragically in a car accident in 1999. Each year we pick a local outreach ministry that we support to be the recipient of the proceeds. This year proceeds will go to St. James’ Habitat for Humanity Build, but organizations such as Good Samaritan have been past beneficiaries.

The emphasis in theme changed last year to a Halloween one. What initiated that? This change was done as a way to reach more people, and especially to make it a more family-friendly event. We are also trying to emphasize health and well-being. Post race food is healthy and delicious, in part due to some of our health-focused sponsors including Partnership for a Healthy MS, UMMC Research, Up In Farms and McDade’s. 

What can folks expect at this year’s race? Lots of FUN! Warm up with Zumba and music, lots of post-race door prizes, and a beautiful route through historic Fondren. We also invite residents along the route to come out and cheer for our runners. New this year is Ghost Runners… all of the swag, none of the sweat. Ghost runners register for $15 and receive a race goodie bag! We are even having a Ghost Runner Bowl, where you can choose your favorite collegiate team when you register and we will keep “score.” We are grateful to so many sponsors and especially grateful to our lead sponsor, Tire Engineers. St. James’ loves being in the heart of Fondren and we want to invite our community to participate!

5K Run/Walk: $20 pre-registration fee / $25 on race day.
1 Mile Fun Run: $15 pre-registration fee / $20 on race day.
Ghost Runner: $15/pre-registration/$20 race day. All of the swag, none of the sweat!
$60 maximum registration fee per immediate family.
For group discounts (10 or more), please contact us.
Register above 

8:00 a.m.: 5K Spooktacular Run & Walk
8:50 a.m.: 1 Mile Boo! Run
Start and finish at St. James’ Episcopal Church
3921 Oak Ridge Drive, Jackson, MS 39216 (Fondren)

Overall, 1st, 2nd & 3rd place awards for all age groups. Prizes for best

Packets can be picked up Friday, October 20 from 12-6pm
at St. James’ Church, or race day from 6.30 a.m. at St James’ Church.
Payments must be cash or check on Friday and Saturday.

Download a 5k beginner training program here