Monster Dash - Sat 10/26/19

8:30am - Cathedral of St. Paul / Upper Landing Park, St. Paul, MN

Note: All info is tentative as we look at adding back in the 1 Mile and Mt. Doom Challenge this year and tweak some more things.  Check back in July!

Come out and join the Monster Dash!  For the 2nd year all races will be finishing in Upper Landing Park, bringing you twice the size of post-race party.   All distances are certified and the Half/10M are their usual brisk downhill!    This year, the Mt. Doom Challenge will be returning in our new location with the 1 Mile race being added to the end of the day.  More info on that soon!


General Race Info

Join us for Monster Dash!  Monster Race Series's signature costume race is the perfect way to start celebrating Halloween in 2018!

Half Marathon: 8:30 AM

Starts near the Cathedral of St. Paul, finishes at Upper Landing Park 

10 Mile: 8:30 AM

Starts near the Cathedral of St. Paul, Finishes at 10 Mile mark of Half Marathon (Shuttles back to Upper Landing Park)

10K: 9:00 AM

Starts & Finishes at Upper Landing Park 

5K Timed: 10:30 AM

5K Untimed: 10:45 AM (After 5K Start line is cleared)

*NEW* 1 Mile: ~11:30 AM (Info coming soon)

Starts & Finishes at Upper Landing Park

ALL RACES FINISH near post race party at UPPER LANDING PARK 

(10 mile finishers are bused from their finish to the finish of the Half Marathon) 

Half Marathon

Course Map -

  • Monster Dash Jacket
  • Stained-glass finisher's medal
  • Chip-timed
  • 8 aid stations with water and Gatorade
  • Bag drop at Cathedral, pick-up at Upper Landing Park
  • Costume contest
  • Post Race Party at Upper Landing Park
  • 3 hr 15 min time limit

Course Map -

Start/Finish Location: Upper Landing Park

 (180 Shepard Road, Saint Paul, MN)

  • Adults and kids receive the Monster Dash full-zip race jacket
  • Stained-glass finisher's medal
  • Get your bib & Gear mailed to you (currently $6.99)
  • Bag Drop Click here to request mail-out for $7.99
  • 2 aid stations
  • Costume Contest
  • 90 minute time limit
  • Optional chip-timed
1 Mile / Mt. Doom Challenge

This year, the Mt. Doom Challenge (including the 1 Mile distance) will be returning in our new location!   Stay tuned for more info.  

New for 2019 WR and future races:  Special Challenge awards to the top 3 M/F and top 1 Overall in each Challenge Age Group

Costume Contest


A great feature of the Monster Dash races is the funny and creative costumes that runners come up with.  Some run the 5K -- while others run 10K or Half Marathon all decked out in their Halloween costumes!  We invite you to do the same (with one tip, you might want to practice running in it before race day)!

Here are the categories to get you brainstorming on a great costume. This year, awards will be given at the post race party 


We will be judging for the Top Three in the following divisions: 

  • Individual Male
  • Individual Female
  • Couple (2 individuals)
  • Group (3 or more individuals)
  • Individual Boy (12 and under)
  • Individual Girl (12 and under)

and Where Do I Find Out If I Won?
Winners will be announced following the race at the Post Race Party. 

Check our Facebook page and your email to find out if your costume won!!

Best Costume Overall - $200 (or $400 contribution to your favorite charity) 

1st Place Female - $100 or Two Free Race Entries or $200 Contribution to your chosen charity 

1st Place Male - $100 or Two Free Race Entries or $200 Contribution to your chosen charity 

1st Place Couple - (2)$50 or Two Free Race Entries or $200 Contribution to your chosen charity 

1st Place Group - $200 or Four Free Race Entries or $400 Contribution to your chosen charity 

1st Place Boy - $50 Amazon Gift Card 

2nd Place Boy - $25 Amazon Gift Card

1st Place Girl - $50 Amazon Gift Card

2nd Place Girl - $25.00 Amazon Gift Card

Home Packet Delivery

Don't want to come to packet pickup?  We can mail your packet for you! Most recent costs on the registration page.    

Packet Mailing starts at $4.99 and increases closer to the race date.

Note: Race Day Pickup costs $20, so if you can't make it to day-before packet pickup, this is the recommended option!

You can arrange race day pick-up for $20 per packet/racer. Gear size is guaranteed for runners who arrange for race day pick-up.  Click here to schedule.

If you forget to come to packet pick-up and try to get your packet on race day the fee will also be $20 per packet/racer. Gear size is NOT guaranteed for this option.

There will be no general race-day packet pickup for the races (except for those who paid for race-day packet pick-up). Please see above information about having your packet mailed to you or pay for your race day packet pickup exception.

Packet Pickup

Thank you for your interest in Monster Dash!  Please join us for our packet pick-up to get your bib, chip and race gear

*For the Second year, Bib #'s not pre-mailed will be assigned quickly and dynamically at packet pickup, so you need not look up your bib # or bring Photo ID.*

Date:  Friday, October 25th, 2019
Time:  11 AM-7PM`
Location: Upper Landing Park (180 Shepard Road, St Paul, MN 55101)

YOU DO NOT NEED YOUR BIB NUMBER AHEAD OF TIME. This year, we will be assigning bib numbers (for those who did not choose mailouts) "dynamically" at Packet Pick-up. 

If you need to change your race distance, please go here:

Directions, Parking, & Accommodations


Gear/Size Charts




Race Changes

 Click here for info on race changes

Results, Photos, and Awards

Results and Photos

Results will be posted at and on our Results page


New this year! We are splitting into 5 year age groups and adding 0-9, 10-14, and 5 year age groups up to 70+ to allow for more awards for racers, and especially kids!

New for 2019 WR and future races:  Special Challenge awards to the top 3 M/F and top 1 Overall in each Challenge Age Group

  • Awards will be given to the Top 3 Overall Male and Female Finishers.
  • Awards will be given to the Top 3 Male and Female Finishers in each of the following age groups:  0-9, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+
  • Overall winners will not be eligible for age group awards ('no double dipping'

Check out 2018's winners:

Charity Partner

Charity Partner

The Twin Cities Mountain Bike Patrol (TCMBP) was formed in 2018 to meet the need for a volunteer group of first responders to assure safety on Metro area mountain bike trails, and provide medical support at a variety of sports events. Most of the members of TCMBP are also members of the Backcountry Trail Patrol Association, and/or the former MORC (Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists) Mountain Bike Patrol, and have been involved in medical support for numerous events in Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin since 1996. Their red jerseys with the white cross on them are a familiar sight at the Twin Cities Marathon, the BLAST Series mountain bike races, the City of Lakes Loppet (on skis and mountain bikes), the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, as well as all of the Team Ortho/Minnesota Monster Series races since their conception.


The majority of the patrollers are trained to the Wilderness First Responder level, although their ranks also include Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics, Registered Nurses and other healthcare professionals. Their medical training has served them well, with documented saves at the Twin Cities Marathon in 2012, and again in 2014, and a BLAST Series race in 2008, as well as countless interventions for both serious and minor medical issues. Members are also certified in the highest level of Basic Life Support, CPR for the Healthcare Provider with Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), in addition to their first aid/emergency medical certification. Patrollers ride on the course in teams of two, equipped with first aid supplies for trauma, bone and joint injuries, common medical situations such as nausea, vomiting, cramping, dehydration/over hydration, and heat and cold illnesses. Each team also carries a special, compact AED, which were purchased through a grant by the Team Ortho Foundation.