Halloween Hunt


From I-40 in Mt Juliet take Hobson Pike to Long Hunter State Park. Turn left to Couchville Lake picnic shelter.GPS 36.09449 -86.54368


Start and finish at Couchville Lake picnic shelter. From the start at the upper parking lot, the course goes a quarter mile to a turnaround at the entrance gate, then back onto the winding trail around the lake. After one loop, the course circles the picnic area and repeats the loop to finish by the shelter. Considered a flat, fast course with many turns. Before the Award Ceremony a Costume Contest is held. Winner gets $200, second gets $100, third gets $50 and fourth gets $25. You have to run in your costume to qualify. About 50 people participate in the Costume Contest each year.

Photo Gallery

Race Director Amelie Sharp (2019-2022), Count Dracula and his Unicorn (race director from 1995-2018). Course Record by Kiera Woodman 25 from Clarksville in 2020 (29:58). Seniors (70+) in 2020. Wranae Shabel, Lynda de Paulis, Helen Fussell, Amelia Wallace, Janet Lowe and Dorothy Galloway. Dilbert, aka John Spencer. Winner of Costume Contest in 2015.

Course History

This is one of the new courses that were added when the Running Tour expanded from 12 to 14 races in 1995. Designed by Tomas de Paulis, it originally had a shorter turnaround with a complex looping of the parking lot at the start. One year a wheelchair racer participated. He lost control in one of the sharp turns and ended up in the lake, where he was promptly rescued and could finish. As the name implies, it is held on the last Saturday of October. Famous for its charcoal-grilled gourmet hot dogs and Costume Contest. In 2012 the race used chip timing for the first time instead of finishing cards. It was also officially USAT&F certified, which required the turnaround to be moved 17 yards further out. New race director for 2019, Amelie Sharp. From 2023 Dan Smithhisler. The new course record was set by 19-year-old Drew Williams, who beat second place by 4 minutes.

Portrait of a couple

Portrait of man and woman

Portrait of girl running

Portrait of group of members

Winner in Costume Contest 2015.