VIRTUAL: How It Works

The 14th Annual Monster Dash Run for Education is going both VIRTUAL and in-person this year!

What does that mean?

Racers in 2022 have the choice of signing up for the in-person event in Lithia Park on Saturday, October 29th OR a virtual event to run anytime, anywhere through October 31st.

Looking for the in-person race instructions? Click here.

For our virtual racers, it’s up to you to plan a frighteningly fun event! You’ll still register and run your distance, but you’ll choose the route, your starting time, and your festivities before, during, and after the race. Don’t worry, we’ve got lots of ideas!

Step 1: Register

Registration is NOW OPEN for the 1-mile, 5K, or 10K distances and will remain open (for Virtual runners) through 11:59pm on Oct 31.

Don’t plan on running? That’s okay, too! You can walk, sprint, or creepy-crawl your distance. In fact you don’t even have to run…you can just sign up for one of the run events in order to join us for the virtual Costume Contest! Please note that prizes will not be given for fastest race times to our virtual racers, but you can submit your race time to be eligible for prize drawings!

Step 2: Start training

Keep an eye on our Facebook page and Instagram page for fitness tips and challenges all October long. Treehouse Books is getting in on the fun, too, with fun Halloween activities throughout the month. Make it a family and friends affair if you wish, and start planning with people in your “bubble!”

Step 3: Pick up your packet 

This year we’ll be hosting drive-thru packet pickup at Ashland Middle School. You’ll pull up in your car, and masked volunteers will ask your name and bring your packet to you. All virtual registrants will receive a bib, a crepe paper finish line, a finisher’s medal and fun giveaways.

Youth registrants will also receive a Monster Dash Fun Packet!

Step 4: Run your distance

Run or walk your 1-mile, 5k or 10k distance anytime between October 21st-31st.  Choose your route, track your time, and have fun — it’s all up to you! You are welcome to run one of the Monster Dash courses through Lithia Park, except on race day morning when the area will be limited to in-person runners. Please remember that, as a virtual runner, no roads will be blocked off from traffic and no flaggers will be monitoring intersections. It’s up to you to stay safe on the road!

See suggested 1-mile and 5K virtual race routes HERE

Step 5: Upload your time

Track your race time and upload it to the registration website starting on October 21st. Don’t miss the chance to get some great finish line footage for our video and photo contests (dancing, cheers and role-playing are all encouraged!)

Step 6: Enter this year’s contests

Enter our costume and video contests! Visit our Contests page for more information about how this year’s contests will work. We’ve got lots of categories and prizes lined up for you…don’t miss out!

Step 7: Celebrate!

We hope you seize the opportunity to make the 2022 Virtual Monster Dash a memorable family, friend, or neighborhood affair. Follow our Facebook page for celebration ideas all October-long (training tips, activities and more).

For t-shirt information click HERE.

For contest awards and prizes click HERE.

For ideas on creating your own mini-gathering, click HERE