The 10th annual Spooky Duke Race and Costume Contest will be virtual for 2020. A 1K, 5K, or 10K run, walk, ride, swim, row, mummy shuffle, or thriller dance can be completed between October 19, 2020, to October 31, 2020.
The event benefits Parent to Parent Family Support Network™-High Country. The program, housed in Appalachian’s Reich College of Education, provides free support, caring connections, information and hope to families who have a premature baby, a child with a disability, an emotional or behavioral challenge, a mental illness, a chronic health condition or to families who are grieving the death of a child. Parent to Parent Family Support Network™-High Country serves Alleghany, Ashe, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes and Yancey Counties in the High Country of North Carolina.
About the Race
Complete either 1K, 5K, or 10K anywhere!
Costumes are encouraged for everyone!
How to Register
- Online Registration is open through October 31
- $25 until September 18, 2020
- $30 September 19, 2020, to October 31, 2020
- Registrations received by October 31, 2020, will include a long sleeve t-shirt
- Student teams can register a group of 20 for $20
History of the Spooky Duke Race
The first Spooky Duke in 2011 was championed by Jennifer McClure, an Appalachian Social Work student and Parent to Parent FSN-HC intern, who chose to create the race as her final project. Her dream was that event would continue and grow....and it has!
Dr. Charles R. Duke, former dean of the Reich College of Education, became the event sponsor. To honor him and the Halloween theme, the name "Spooky Duke" was born.
The "Spooky Duke" is now an USATF certified race with a free costume march. All proceeds benefit Parent to Parent Family Support Network™-High Country and help support their work to aid local families who have children with special needs.
In 2019, 300 runners participated, 50 student and community volunteers assisted with race planning and logistics, and the event raised $24,000 for Parent to Parent Family Support Network™-High Country.
Questions? Please contact Spooky Duke.