Toasted Owl Gives a Hoot Run 2019


Sunday, October 27, 2019

About the Toasted Owl Gives a Hoot Halloween Fun Run

Above all, the Toasted Owl Gives A Hoot Halloween Fun Run, is about helping animals.  It includes a 5K Run and 2K Walk, open to both human and canine competitors, through downtown Northampton. Register by October 15th to receive a free race t-shirt. Costumes for 2- and 4-legged participants are welcome!

Don't forget to bring 6 cans of cat food on race day to get a free entry into the Toasted Owl Gift Certificate Drawing. Stay after the race for complimentary grill, pumpkin pie, and hot spiced apple cider (non-alcoholic) courtesy of Toasted Owl.

The event is RAIN OR SHINE.

For more information on running, walking, sponsoring, or including your pet's name on the race t-shirt, contact


Important Dates

July 15 – September 30: $30 Early Owl Registration with guaranteed race t-shirt
October 1 – October 15: $35 Regular Registration with guaranteed race t-shirt
October 16 – October 25: $35 Regular Registration (race t-shirt not included)
October 26: Pre-Race Bib Pickup/Registration at Toasted Owl from 12pm – 4pm (race t-shirt not included)
October 27: Day of Bib Pickup/Registration at Toasted Owl from 9am – 10:15am (race t-shirt not included)

To ensure a prompt race start, we will not be able to guarantee timing for runners registering after 10:15am on race day.

Race Lineup

The race will include chip timing and the following staggered start times for the most accurate results:

1st Wave: Runners without dogs
2nd Wave: Runners with dogs
3rd Wave: Walkers with and without dogs

*2K walkers will not be timed*
*Please refrain from using retractable leashes*

Race Route

The race begins at Toasted Owl on 21 Main Street in Northampton. The course follows a very flat route from Main Street to Market Street to North Street to Industrial Park to Day Avenue to Bridge Street to Main Street.

Parking is available in the Probate Court lot located behind Toasted Owl or in the Strong Avenue lot. Street parking is free in Northampton on Sundays.


Prizes will be awarded to the top two male and female finishers in the following categories:
-Overall Winner
-Age 12 and Under
-Age 13 - 19
-Age 20 - 29
-Age 30 - 39
-Age 40 - 49
-Age 50 - 59
-Age 60 and Over

Additional prize categories include:
-Best Costume (Human)
-Best Costume (Canine)
-Best Duo (Human and Canine)
-People’s Choice Costume (most “likes” on Facebook)
-Top Team Fundraiser
-Top Individual Fundraiser
-Fastest Team (based on times of top three runners per team)
-Largest Team


Running or walking as a team is a great way to enjoy the race with friends, family, and coworkers! Plus, the teams with the fastest time, most members, and the highest fundraising total will receive special prizes on race day.

Groups of three or more people are eligible for a registration discount of $5 per person. PLEASE NOTE: TO RECEIVE THIS DISCOUNT, ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST BE REGISTERED IN THE SAME TRANSACTION BY OCTOBER 25. Select “Add a Participant” after entering the first participant's information. The group discount will be applied automatically at checkout. Due to processing fees, the discount can only be applied at registration; we are unable to offer refunds. Email with any questions about group registration.  


How to Register

Register Now!
Registration opens on July 15, 2019


Register Offline

Please return this form along with registration fee of $35 to:  Dakin Humane Society, c/o Toasted Owl Fun Run, PO Box 171, Springfield, MA 01101.

All registration forms must be received by Thursday, October 24th. This form may also be dropped off at Toasted Owl Tavern on October 26th between 12pm-4pm or October 27th between 9:00am-10:15am.


Terrifying Terrier

Scanlon & Associates

Become a Sponsor

Interested in becoming a Toasted Owl Halloween Fun Run Sponsor? Please download the document below for more information on sponsorship levels and benefits. Complete the sponsorship form included and send payment by 10/7/19 to the address listed below to be included in all race materials:

Dakin Humane Society
Toasted Owl Fun Run
P.O. Box 6307
Springfield, MA 01101