MOUNT CARMEL β€” When Lesley Hipsher was growing up, she always enjoyed attending the Retail Merchants Committee costume parade in Mount Carmel.

Now, as Wabash County Chamber of Commerce executive director, she is organizing the second annual Spooktacular 5K race as a way for the community to be active and have some fun in their Halloween costumes.

β€œIt was a rainy day last year β€” that being said, we still had a good turnout for the first year of the event,” Hipsher said.

The event continues to grow, as the chamber has already received more entry forms this year than there were participants last year.

Costumes are not required, but they are encouraged, as prizes are given away for best dressed.

The top three women runners and the top three men runners will also be awarded prizes. There will be giveaways to kids participating in the fun run while supplies last.

The Spooktacular 5K is sponsored by Wabash General Hospital, Kemper CPA Group, Borowiaks IGA and Tropic Tan.

Wabash General Hospitial is also paying the entry fee for its staff that want to participate to promote wellness. They are having an internal competition for the fastest runner as well.

Race day is Oct. 22 for spooky sprinters, and check in starts at noon.

The kids fun run and costume parade will start at 219 N. Market St. at 1 p.m. The 5K run/walk will start at 2 p.m., and will follow the same route as last year.

The cost is $15 to participate in the kids fun run, and the 5K race is $30.

Those interested must register by Oct. 7. to be guaranteed a T-shirt on race day. Registration is also available on Oct. 22, but T-shirts may not be available until a later date.

Entry forms are available at The form and payment can be mailed to the chamber at 219 N. Market St., Suite 1A, Mount Carmel, IL 62863.

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