2020 Virtual Contests

Who’s the spookiest, funniest, cutest or silliest? Who has the best finish line dance? Find out and join the fun in this year’s virtual contests!

This year’s contests will be held exclusively online. Submit your photos or videos to be entered to win from this year’s phantasmal prize pool! More information below…

How It Works

Entrants must be registered for the 2020 Virtual Monster Dash to enter any of this year’s contest. Does that mean you have to run? Nope! Feel free to run, walk, slither, march or plant yourself at home for the Dash. No matter if you run or skip the race, you are welcome to enter this year’s fun-filled competitions.

Contests will be open the week of October 23rd – November 1st. During that time, you can enter in any of three ways:

  1. Post your photo or video to Instagram using #MonsterDash2020.
  2. Post your photo or video to our Monster Dash Facebook page.
  3. Email your photo or video to

When submitting your entry, please include the costume or video category you are competing in (see list below). For example, Best Finish Line Video, Most Boo-tiful Costume (Age 0-7), or Funniest Costume (Age 15+).

On November 2nd, let the judging begin! Our ghastly group of judges will be picking the winners of each category after 11:59pm on November 1st, and then put the Top 10 up to your vote…who will win overall Best in Show???

monster dash winner

Eric Ghelfi 2015 5K top male finisher

2020 Costume Contest Categories

Note there are two child categories by age:

Child (ages  0-7  OR  8-14):

  • Spookiest
  • Funniest
  • Most Boo-tiful
  • Best Superhero

Teen/Adult (ages 15 and older)

  • Spookiest
  • Funniest
  • Most Boo-tiful
  • Most Original

Groups, Pets & Accessories (all ages)monster dash costume contest

  • Best Couple
  • Best Group
  • Best Family
  • Best Pet
  • Best COVID Face Mask
  • Best Stroller


  • Best Race Photo
  • Best Finish Line Photo


  • Best Race Video
  • Best Training Video
  • Best Finish Line Video

2020 Race Contest Categories

Even though we’re not giving race awards for fastest time, you can submit your race time to the registration website to enter to win fun-tastic prizes. We’ll be drawing randomly from each race distance in both the Youth & Adult age categories from those runners who submit their times by 11:59pm on Nov 1st.

2020 Contest Prizes

We’re grateful to the businesses that have donated to this year’s prize pool! Check out our 2020 Auction & Prize Donors.

We’re still matching up prizes with events, but plan on us announcing some specific contest prizes soon! Winners in each category will be awarded from our black cauldron of gift cards, toys, tasty treats, gadgets, and more!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to run to enter the costume contest?

No, but you do have to register for the Virtual Monster Dash to join any of this year’s contests. Distance doesn’t matter — just choose a category, sign up, and start planning!

When will we know who the winners are?

Our shadowy selection of judges will be busy choosing the winners on November 2nd. Once the category winners are announced, we’ll post the top dogs to our Facebook page and give you all a chance to vote for the very Best in Show. Voting will take place over one week, and then we’ll announce the most spook-tacular winner!

Where should I go for updated info?

“Like” the Ashland Monster Dash Facebook page to keep up on announcements about the virtual race, contests, online auction and more!  Or visit the website here for regular updates.