THE Halloween spirit is certainly in the air over Castleisland these shortening days and lengthening nights.
A team of volunteers, attached to An Riocht Athletic Club, has taken on the task of organising a 'Freaky Friday Fun Run' on Friday, October 26 at 7.30pm .
Participants are being urged to use their imaginations regarding the outfits they wear on the 5K run through the streets and roads through and around the town.
Each runner will be issued with 'Miners lamp' type headlight for effect and safety and the more ghoulish the getup and garb the better. In fact there will be prizes awarded for the most imaginative and seasonal gear on display.
The club's own team of witches will have a cauldron of steaming soup and rolls to revive the runners on their return to the seasonally transformed clubhouse. A disco will follow and a party will kick off the bank holiday weekend celebrations.
The event will mark the winding down of one of the most remarkable years in the life of the progressive club.
During the early part of the summer the phenomenally successful 'Couch to 5K' programme was introduced and it attracted an average of 300 locals of all ages to the track on three nights each week.
The year may be coming to a close but the programme continues and there is a noticeable increase in the numbers of men attending with each passing week.
The majority of those who made the transition from the couch to the track earlier this year have already taken part in the club's three 5K runs so far this season.
The club organisers are promising that the 'Freaky Friday Fun Run' will get your Halloween festivities off to a great start in Castleisland - where the town will be alive to the opening strains of the Patrick O'Keeffe Traditional Music Festival.
The 'Freaky' run/walk will take on Main Street and Church Street before heading onto the appropriately named Black Road and in by Cordal Road and home to the track and clubhouse.
"This event will cater for both the experienced runners and those who have just started the current Couch to 5k programme.
It will give the beginners an opportunity to get out and experience the fun of taking part," said a club spokesperson.
Entry fee is €10 and this includes purchase of a headlamp. The Couch to 5k programme is gathering strength with each week and training takes place on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights from: 7.15pm for beginners and 8pm. for those who have completed the first programme over the summer.
These sessions take place under flood-lights on the track. This provides a safe environment for both adults and children. Further information can be had from An Ríocht AC on 066 71 42199.