Annual Monster Dash raises money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County
HALFWAY — Whether you’re a ghoul or a goblin, everyone races for the prize.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County’s Monster Dash, a 5K and 1K — where participants race in Halloween costumes — will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Martin “Marty” Snook Memorial Park in Halfway. The Monster Dash puts a fun spin on traditional races.
“We encourage our participants to race in a costume,” said Tom Kline, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County. “It’s Halloween themed, we have fun with that.”
For those who are serious about racing, and those who just want to look really scary, the Dash accommodates both.
“For those who are competitive and do competitive races, we time the race,” Kline said. “There are race awards given by Racine MultiSports for the overall winner of the 5K. They have an overall top finisher for both men and women. We have prizes for the scariest, the funniest and the most original costume. We have little trophies we give out. It’s kind of interesting. You have a mixture of people who are more there for a fun run and those who are into the competitiveness. We try to accommodate both. We also have a photo booth.”
In his fourth year putting on the Monster Dash, Kline has seen some creative costumes.
“People have fun with it,” he said. “We had three ladies who participated a few years ago who went as grapes, they had balloons attached to their costume. We have people dressing as the traditional scary stuff.”
The Monster Dash is only a small part of a much larger event.
“We do this in partnership with Racine MultiSports,” Kline said. “They have an annual duathlon and 5K that they do that day. The Monster Dash is part of that event.”
The Monster Dash sees more than 100 participants every year.
“We usually have between 100 and 150 participants,” Kline said. “It’s not a huge race like some of the races in the area, but we’ve stayed committed to it because it’s in line with that piece of making healthy choices and doing good things for our bodies. It is our hope to grow it to be a larger race.”
Proceeds from the Dash go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County.
“It’s important for people to know that all the funds that are raised stay in Washington County to support or local agency,” Kline said. “It’s invested right back into the community and helps us provide the one on one mentoring services for kids.”
The services that Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County give to the community have lifelong value.
“The services we provide are unique,” Kline said. “With the studies that we’ve done locally and nationally, we’ve seen that the more one-on-one mentoring you do, you see improvement in academics, making healthy choices, and relationships. Those are three areas that these kids are challenged with, so we try to focus on those areas. All kids are born with potential to achieve lots of different things. We want them to realize that potential. We want them to be productive and happy, and give back to their community.”
Kline believes that the Monster Dash will be a spooky, fun time.
“It’s a good time,” he said. “It’s laid back and it’s fun.”
Top photo: Two runners dressed as grapes crossed the finish line at the Monster Dash 5K. (Herald-Mail file photo)