Cats&Bats5K 2020

October 31st, 2020 @ 8:00am EST

Cats&Bats5K 2020
About this event

For 5 years, this has been the race of choice for your pre-Halloween fun! The famous Cats & Bats 5K is once again in ABERDEEN! #HalloweeninAberdeen

$25/per person (5K live) through the end of September.  Price increase to $30/per person October 1 through race day.

$20/per person (1 mile Fun Run live or virtual) through the end of September.  Price increase to $25/per person October 1 through race day

$30/per person (Virtual Option). Includes packet mailing.



SATURDAY, October 31, 2020 - 8:00 am start time (rolling start to avoid crowds)


Festival Park in Aberdeen on Thursday, 10/29/20 from 3-7 pm.  Look for us under the pavilion.

Please try to attend the Advance Packet pickup as this will help us to avoid crowds on race day.

Due to CoVid-19 restrictions, there will be no packet pickup at Charm City Run this year.  

We will also be offering a mailing option this year ($5.00), please see registration.

The second option is to pick up your packet on the morning of the race. Packet pick-up will begin at 6:30 AM and will run until 8:00 AM. Participants are STRONGLY URGED to utilize the Advance packet pickup opportunity as race day pickup can be very busy and we must start the race on-time in order to comply with police and permit restrictions.


  • CUSTOM EVENT SHIRT - Please register by 10/16 to guarantee your shirt size choice. 

  • Come on out to beautiful Festival Park in Aberdeen, MD and participate in the ONLY 5k to feature a Marathon Quality Commemorative Finisher's Medal for all participants. All new design for 2020.

This is THE area's spookiest fall running event, so don't miss out!  We expect a sellout crowd.

In addition to a beautiful flat-and-fast course, you also get great swag, food, drink, shirts, awards, and don't forget. . . an AWESOME Finisher's Medal for all participants!

2020 Finisher's Medal


Our run will benefit The National PTSD Foundation, a 501(c)3 that works to support our local first responders who suffer from this affliction.

Due to social distancing and group gathering restrictions, awards will be announced on-line after the completion of all participants. 

Costumes are welcome and encouraged!  Our costume contest will be virtual - entries will be posted on Facebook and the winner will be determined by the number of "Likes".  

We'll see YOU at the Cats & Bats 5K! 

 This event is RAIN OR SHINE!

Ticket sales are final and there are no refunds.

Teaming it up with your friends?  Great - join their team or create your own. If you're not on a team, click Join a Team and then "None"


Festival Park, Aberdeen
Parke St
Aberdeen, Maryland
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October 31st, 2020 @ 8:00am EST
Race Logistics


The CoVid-19 Pandemic has changed the course of road racing – pun intended – and we are continually evaluating our plans and conditions to ensure your and our safety.  As of this writing, Maryland is entering Phase 3 of the recovery with fewer restrictions.  We hope the conditions allow this to continue, but we reserve the right to make changes as time progresses.  We will make every attempt to keep you fully informed of these changes.

  • Participants and any spectators will be required to wear a face covering before and after the race; they may remove it while on the race course
  • Only those who are wearing a valid event race bib will be permitted in the Start/Finish corral
  • We will be starting at 8:00 am with a rolling start.  The start line will remain open for at least 15 minutes to allow everyone to cross the start line with appropriate distance from other runners, allowing a few runners across every few seconds. If necessary we will keep the start line open longer to allow all to start with appropriate distancing. The race is chip timed, so your time starts when you cross the start mats and ends when you cross the finish mats. 
  • If you are running with a group or team, the group of 10 or fewer will be allowed to start together. 
  • 1 mile participants will start once all the 5K runners have crossed the start mats.
  • Due to the extended start, there is a good possibility that finishers will be coming back at the same time that others are starting.  Please be aware and always keep to your right to avoid collisions!
  • Once you have completed your distance, please proceed to the Medals table to pick up your Finisher’s medal. This will be self-service with an attendant. If you must wait, please maintain appropriate distance from other participants.
  • Water and snacks will be available in the park.  Please enjoy your snack and cool down a bit, then we ask you to leave the park area to reduce crowding.
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