Section Navigation



Spooky Duke Race and Costume Contest is Saturday, Oct. 28

By Heather Brandon and Jeffrey Crawford

BOONE, N.C.—The 7th annual Spooky Duke Race and Costume Contest will be held on Saturday morning, Oct. 28, on the campus of Appalachian State University to benefit Parent to Parent Family Support Network™-High Country.

View larger imagePhoto submittedView larger imagePhoto submittedView larger imagePhoto submittedView larger imagePhoto by Marta SaylorsView larger imagePhoto by Marta Saylors

The Spooky Duke is a USA Track & Field (USATF) certified 5k and 10k race and includes a free costume march for children, adults and dogs. Costumes are encouraged. The race starts in the Raley/Peacock parking lot at 416 Howard St., and the course is relatively flat, with small hills and sidewalk terrain.

Registration is open through Oct. 25 and is $20 for the 5k and $30 for the 10k. Walkers can register for the 5k. Those registering by Oct. 12 will get a long sleeve T-shirt. For an additional $2, paid with the registration fee, the race photographer will email a finish-line photo.

Register at https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Boone/TheSpookyDuke5k10kandCostumeMarch.

Parent to Parent Family Support Network™-High Country, housed in Appalachian’s Reich College of Education, provides free support and information 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. The program serves Alleghany, Ashe, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes and Yancey counties.

Registration packet pickup is Friday, Oct. 27, from 4-7 p.m. inside the Boone Mall. Race day packet pickup and day-of registrations are available from 8-8:30 a.m. at the Raley/Peacock parking lot. The 5k and 10k races begin at 9 a.m., and the costume march begins at 10 a.m.

There will be goody bags, music, photo booths and free activities for children from 8-10:30 a.m. with Appalachian special education students providing free childcare for registered runners.

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.

Dr. Charles R. Duke, former dean of the Reich College of Education, became the event sponsor. To honor him and the Halloween theme, the race was named “Spooky Duke.”

In 2016, 400 runners participated, 75 student and community volunteers assisted with race planning and logistics, and the event raised $13,000 for Parent to Parent Family Support Network™-High Country.

Contact Kaaren Hayes (hayeskl@appstate.edu), Jeffrey Crawford (crawfordjt2@appstate.edu) or Ashley Abernathy (ashleyabernathy96@gmail.com) for more information.

About the Reich College of Education

Appalachian offers one of the largest undergraduate teacher preparation programs in North Carolina, graduating about 500 teachers a year. The Reich College of Education enrolls approximately 2,400 students in its bachelor’s, master’s, education specialist and doctoral degree programs. With so many teacher education graduates working in the state, there is at least one RCOE graduate teaching in every county in North Carolina.

About Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

###