Praise for The Pumpkin Trail Run from The Chapel Hill News' sporting year in review, penned by Randy Young:
"My choice for the Event of the Year goes to the big event in the small package. The bright shining moment in local recreational athletics goes to 'the little road race that could,' the quaint Pumpkin Run 4k run along a beautiful wooded trail just north of Horace Williams airport.
Just long enough to test endurance a bit in avid runners, the shortness of the race (2.5 miles) did not intimidate younger runners. Thus, the race inherently invited family participation. Mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers ran side-by-side in a celebration of the course's undeveloped natural beauty.
Elements conspired to create an almost euphoric atmosphere. October's rains had broken, the air was crisp, sunlight golden, and the autumn colors brilliant. The timing was right for runners to participate and still have their Saturday night free.
After the race, smiles were plentiful, as the YMCA played host to the awards ceremony. There were family games, music, and fresh-baked treats courtesy of See Jane Run members.
No one present wanted to leave, lingering in the twilight as awards (carving pumpkins) were presented. Perhaps it illuminated, however, what a precarious thing is beauty, and how as Keats said, that a thing of beauty should be a joy forever."