The Monster Dash is in its 6th year and keeps growing. This is an event you can get the whole family involved in. Put on by Yogurt Hut, Ashland Schools Foundation, and the Ashland Kiwanis is a fun Halloween themed run. Offering up a 10k, 5k, and 1 mile fun run. There are many other events the day before and day of the race including: a pre race pasta party, silent auction, viewing of the Cal-Oregon football game, vendors, and of course a costume contest.
The race takes place Saturday October 25, 2014 at beautiful Lithia Park. All courses are out and backs that start near the downtown plaza. One of my favorite places to run in Southern Oregon is Lithia Park with many different trails, duck ponds, a Japanese garden, and sometimes the deer will come out to cheer you on. Named the ultra distance running mecca of the US by Running Times Magazine, Ashland is one of the premier places to visit for a runner.
Awards will be handed out following the race at 12:30 with the overall male and female 10k winner receiving $150, the 5k is $100, and the 1 mile is $50. There will also be age group prizes which are gift cards from local sponsors equaling approximately $25 each. Each finisher under 18 will receive a medal, and there is also random drawings for prizes for all registered participants.
Registration can be done online by visiting Ashlandmonsterdash.com or you can mail/fax the form available on the site as well as register in person the day of the event. Festivities start at 8:30 with check-in for the costume contest at 9:15 and starting at 9:30. If you aren’t planning on joining in on the contest stop by one of the vendors, or local cafes for a pre race meal. The runs start at 10:30 for the 1 mile and 11:15 for the 5 and 10k.
Expect to see some incredible costumes, and have a great time running with some fun folks. Ashland is rich in culture and this run is a must if you can fit it in.