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DECATUR — Ready for take-off?

Lace up, dress up and join the Decatur Park District for the flattest, fastest race in town — Scareport: Run the Runway at Decatur Airport!

Since 2014, this unique, lights-out event has welcomed between 300 and 500 runners in its 5K/10K races and one-mile Tot Trot.

All runners receive a glow-in-the-dark medal, and the top male/female race finishers receive a lamp created from a runway light.

A Halloween theme encourages participants to run in costume, with a chance to win individual and group costume prizes.

The after-party in the Gaitros Aviation FBO includes a meal, DJ, face painter, and booths hosted by Fleet Feet, Decatur Running Club, Cape Air, and St. Louis Airport.

The course is wheelchair-accessible, baby-stroller friendly, and very dark, so headlamps or flashlights are expected.

If you’re not a runner, feel free to join the fun! You can register for the 5K and walk the course. Take advantage of the opportunity to step on the runway … in the dark! Register at active.com or at the DISC, 1295 W. Wood St., in Decatur. All proceeds benefit educational outreach at Decatur Airport.

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