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The Monster Mini 5K Dash and Monster Kids 1K—Halloween Run Like No Other
The inaugural Monster Mini 5K Dash and Monster Kids 1K has it all—costume prizes, fun team competition, awesome T-shirts, really big and cool trick or treat for the kids, Live Music, Monsters; oh, and there is a run too—on Halloween morning!

The Monster Mini 5K Dash and Monster Kids 1K—Halloween Run Like No Other

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Monday, 25 October, 2010

Providence, Rhode Island is one of America's running hotbeds. But even Providence has never experienced anything like this before. Starting at the Rhode Island Convention Center, there will be thousands of runners and walkers running the downtown streets in costume for a 5K loop, and there will be hundreds of kids running a 1K fun run trying to Beat Frankenstein himself, all ending right back at the Convention Center-to kick off a fantastic Trick or Treat party with Monsters galore handing out lots of candy. These monsters, courtesy of Monster Mini Golf, have promised to be friendly for this day, but you never know. And you don't know who else might show up! Rumor has it that the colorful zombie rock band The Rolling Bones will be in the building before and after the race. There are prizes for running-individual and team categories, but also prizes for the best costumes in many categories, so it will be a sight to behold.

This is a really enjoyable Halloween event where participants are encouraged to dress and run in costume-volunteers too! This first ever unique racing event invites team competitions for corporations, running clubs, schools, colleges, gyms, families, social organizations, charities, agencies and others. It takes place in Providence, Rhode Island on October 31, with the Monster Kids event at 10:00 a.m. and the Mini 5K Dash at 11:15. This amazing Dash cannot be missed!

And another incentive to sign up early: there are custom tech long sleeve T-shirts for the first 3,000 (see the Website for photo). All others who are preregistered will receive a standard T-shirt.

The Monster Kids 1K is for all kids 14-and-under, and parents or caregivers are invited to run with them. Parents and caregivers may also accompany the kids into the Monster Bash in the Convention Center to visit the Monsters (exciting props and monsters courtesy of Monster Mini Golf) and enjoy the most unique trick or treat day ever. Don't let your kids miss this: a run and lesson in healthy life style and trick or treat rewards at the end. Ideal!

And kids love mini golf. Another amenity: The Monster Mini Dash will be using state of the art B Tag timing systems so all runners will get an accurate time and All runners will receive a Buy one get 1 FREE ticket to any Monster Mini Golf. Indoor Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf is a fun time for humans of all ages! And by the way, families can sign up with a discount. Again, please see the race Website

The Rhode Island Convention Center at One Sabine Street is the ideal space for this extravaganza, and everything will be centered there. They have over 2,000 parking spaces-and plenty of space for monsters handing out candy. This is also race headquarters, and near the start and finish. Participants may get a glimpse of things to come when they avoid the rush by registering or picking up race packets on Saturday, October 30, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Packet pick up and registration will also be available on Halloween Race Day, 9:00 a.m. to 10:45. But we suggest you sign up in advance-discounts for doing so on line.

Prizes for individuals include ten-year age groups, and there are also prizes in various team categories (unlimited number my sign up, top three score). And how is this for a wide range of prizes/categories for best costume: Frankenstein, Dracula, Mummy, Zombie, Werewolf, Goth, Stella Skellarella, Jawbone; add special prizes for the most creative costume, best rock band or rock star, and best (home made) super hero or princess costume. Wow!

There is also a serious charity aspect to this event. Please take note of the charity page on the Race Website, and contribute as much as possible.

Not up to running? This event is looking for some enthusiastic volunteers (see the website); if ever there was a fun event to volunteer for, this is it!

All in all this is a race, and a Halloween party, you simply do not want to miss. Run it. Experience it! Providence will be Halloween central; a newsworthy rolling Monster party for all. Check it out at Or you may call the Monster Mini Dash hotline at 401-952-6333.

Attention all Bostonians, Providence is only a short 45 minute ride via auto or Train, and only a 5 minute walk from the train station to Convention Center. Discount accommodations at Host hotel can be found on web site at


Event Vitals

Date: October 31, 2010

Time: Monster Kid Dash 10:00 AM, Mini 5K Dash 11:15 AM.

Place: Providence Civic Center, Providence, RI

Shirts: Tech shirts to first 3000 entrants. Regular shirt to everyone else

Timing: B-Tag by Yankee Timing

Golf: Buy one get one free ticket to glow-in-the-dark golf

Awards: 10 year age group and team divisions



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