MONSTER DASH -Halloween!!- Sat 10/31/2020 4 Events 2 Locations 2 Times in St. Paul. 5K & 10K in Harriet Island Park, Half Marathon & 10 Mile at Upper Landing Park

Come out and join the Monster Dash!  For the FIRST year TO Accommodate as many runners as possible, the 5K & 10K will be starting and finishing at Harriet Island Park AND The Half Marathon and 10 Mile will be starting and finishing in UPPER Landding Park. Both Parks will have a COSTUME CONTEST! Virtual Runners will have an online costume contest.

General Race Info

Join us for Monster Dash!  Monster Race Series's signature costume race is the perfect way to celebrate a Happy & Healthy Halloween 2020. Choose from 4 distances: 5K, 10K, 10 Mile & Half Marathon.
Half Marathon- 8:30 AM - Starts and finishes in Upper Landing Park, St. Paul, MN 

10 Mile: Noon - Starts and Finishes in Upper Landing Park, St. Paul, MN

10K: 8:30 AM - Starts & Finishes in Harriet Island Park 

5K Timed: 8:30 AM - Starts & Finishes in Harriet Island Park

5K Untimed: Noon Starts and Finishes in Harriet Island Park

Half Marathon

Monster Dash Half Marathon- 8:30 AM, Upper Landing Park, St. Here’s the route:

10 Mile

Monster Dash 10 Mile- NOON, Upper Landing Park, St. Paul Here’s the route:


Monster Dash 10K- 8:30 AM, Harriet Island, St. Paul
Here’s the route:


Monster Dash 5K –timed- 8:30 AM - Harriet Island, St. Paul
Here’s the route:

Monster Dash 5K –untimed- NOON - Harriet Island, St. Paul
Here’s the route:

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. 

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

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 is Free

To add packet mailing, please go to our Changes + Policies page.


Packet Pickup

Thank you for your interest in Monster Dash!  Bibs and Gear will be available on race day only. There will be no packet pick-up the day before the race. pick-up to get your bib, chip and race gear.

Note for There will be no bag drop this year.

Race Day Sat, October 31st, 2020

Time: 8:00am at your start line (Upper Landing Park for Half, Harriet Island for 10K/ timed 5K)

11:30 am at your start line (Upper Landing Park for 10 mile, Harriet Island for untimed 5K

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


 The Half Marathon (8:30 am start) and 10 Mile (noon start) start and finish in Upper Landing Park in St. Paul, MN . 

Parking is recommended at Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55102   -OR-

RiverCentre - 150 W Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55102 ; 

there is a special event rate of only $5 per car. 6 AM to Noon.

The 5K & 10K Start at Harriet Island Park. There is Parking in the Harriet Island and Rasberry Island Parking Lots, on a first come basis.

Gear/Size Charts

Bag are provided at the start. We provide markers for you to write your race on the outside of the bag. It is then transported to the finish area for you to pick-up.

New: 2019 Performance Jackets in Black - Size Chart Below!

2018 'Vintage' Jackets




Results and Awards


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 MD 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, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 Plus
  • Overall winners will not be eligible for age group awards ('no double dipping'


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.

What is your COSTUME in 2020?


Our 2020 Skeleton is

currently 'in training'!