in person monster dash

We’re excited to see racers back in Lithia Park for the Monster Dash Run for Education!

How does it work this year?

Racers in 2023 have the choice of signing up for the in-person event in Lithia Park on Saturday, October 28th OR a virtual event to run anytime, anywhere through October 31st.

For information on how the virtual race will work this year, click here

Step 1: Register

This year, registration is in-advance and online only. No other registration method will be offered (including paper mailers) and race registration will close at midnight on Friday, October 27th. You will not be able to register in the park the morning of the race. 

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. Make training a family and friends affair if you wish!

Step 3: Pick up your packet 

All registrants will receive a bib, sponsor coupons, and fun giveaways. Virtual runners will also receive a crepe paper finish line, and their finisher’s medal for their virtual race celebrations. 

Youth registrants will also receive a Monster Dash Fun Packet that includes activities, treats, and (bonus!) a free science kit or toy from Blue Marble. Stay tuned for more packet pickup information as the event gets closer, and keep an eye on your email!

Step 4: Arrive on time

On October 28th, please come to your starting line in Lithia Park in time for your race event

Start/Finish Location: Just below the Band Shell in Lithia Park.
Start Times: 5k and 10k at 9:00am, 1-mile at 10:30am

See below for map and descriptions of race courses. 

Step 5: Be courteous & safe

We will be asking all racers to:

  • let the fastest runners line up in the front
  • runners with strollers line up in the back
  • run on the right side of the street
  • please don’t bring pets to the race
Step 6: Enter this year’s MANY contests

All finishers will receive medals as they cross the finish line. Racers are also invited to enter our costume and video contests! Visit our Contests page for information about how this year’s contests will work. We’ve got lots of categories and prizes lined up for you, your family, your pets…don’t miss out!

Step 7: Celebrate!

We really look forward to seeing you for the 2023 Monster Dash in Lithia Park! This year’s festivities will include a Monster Activity Village with FREE games, crafts, displays, music, and more! Follow our Facebook page for information about activity booths, costume inspiration, and updates.


For t-shirt information click HERE.

For contest awards and prizes click HERE.

2023 In-Person Race Courses

monster dash map

Right click on map image and select “open in a new tab” to see a larger version of the map.

10K RACE—9:00AM
Begins at parking area by Butler Bandshell; follow Winburn Way to Granite St and around Reservoir on Glenview Dr; up Terrace St to the cul de sac; turn around and follow same route back to finish line. (Purple Course)

5K RACE—9:00AM
Begins at parking area by Butler Bandshell; follow Granite to Glenview and around Reservoir;
turn around at Ashland Loop Rd and return to finish line. (Orange Course)

Begins at parking area by Butler Bandshell; follow Winburn Way onto Granite St; turn around at base of Lantern Hill Dr and follow same route back to finish line. (Green Course)