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Double Race Preview: St. Helens Monster Dash 5k/10k (St Helens) and Scappoose D.O.G Howl-O-Ween 5k (Scappoose)

Monster Dash

Monster Dash

Did you know that the town of St Helens celebrates Halloween during the entire month of October? The Spirit of Halloweentown has events scheduled throughout the month, and on Saturday, October 8th, runners take to the street for the annual Monster Dash 5k and 10k race. With an apocalypse, monsters, and zombies, this run is not for the faint of heart. The 1-mile run is open to all ages, and it will include some of the same course-side entertainment, so be sure your kids can handle a little scare before signing them up. These Halloweentown events could lend themselves to a running double header, since just ten miles away from St Helens, the Scappoose D.O.G (Dog Owners Group) is hosting a dog friendly 5k run/walk at Bernet Farms on Dike Rd at 10am. Run fast enough, and you can attend both races!

All Monster Dash races start at 12 noon at Columbia View Park in St Helens. The course takes runners and walkers through city streets to McCormack Park, where they run a loop, before returning back to the start. After the finish, runners can expect great food and drink, and there is a large variety of Halloweentown activities to choose from. For up to date information, follow the event on Facebook.

If you’re more of an actor than a runner, you can volunteer as a zombie along the route. The event benefits local veterans.

Howl-O-Ween 5k

Howl-O-Ween 5k

Scappoose D.O.G Howl-O-Ween 5k details:
When: Saturday, October 8; 10am
Where: Scappoose, OR (map)
What: 5k
Registration: online here or print and mail registration form.
Registration cost: $35 pre-registration; $40 day of race; $15 for teens 13-16; Free for 12 and under
Registration includes: race entry, shirt for those registered by Sept 17.
Packet Pickup: Day of race starting at 9am.

Monster Dash details:
When: Saturday, October 8; 12noon
Where: St Helens, OR (map)
What: 5k, 10k, 1-mile kids run
Registration: online here
Registration cost: 5k/10k – $40 through Sept 15; $45 through Oct 1st; $50 thereafter. Monster Mile – $5.
Registration includes: monster/zombie themed race, finisher’s medal, shirt to the first 100 registrants, post-race food and drink.
Packet pickup: Friday October 7, 6-8 p.m. at Pacific Athletic Club, 320 A. Street, Columbia City, Oregon; Day of the event starting at 10:30am.

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