Toronto’s Monster Dash

Prepare for a graveyard smash
  • Sep 30, 2014
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On the darkening days leading up to Hallowe’en 2014, you may very well be working in your lab late one night. Who knows, you might behold an eerie sight. The monster on your slab may begin to rise, and suddenly, to your surprise, he’ll do the mash … the monster mash.

Make that the Monster Dash, and we have a date. On Sunday, October 26, at 5:00 p.m., join the other ghouls, ghosts and goblins, along with a smattering of fairy princesses and movie characters, at Toronto’s premier Hallowe’en-themed family-friendly run. It’s a frightfully fun event, one that takes place in Serena Gundy Park in the West Don River valley and on the grounds of the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. In fact, the Monster Dash is a fundraiser for the Holland Bloorview, the largest hospital of its kind in Canada, with programmes that reach some 7,000 kids and their families every year.

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Costumes are not mandatory, but they do crank up the fun (and fear) factor, and of course, there will be prizes for the best and scariest ensembles. First race up is the Spooky Mile, at 5:30, for children under 12 and accompanying adults. While kids can check their times on the clock, they will not be chip timed. That’s probably a good thing—the candy stations along the route are going to slow everyone down a bit, so don’t forget to bring your trick or treat bags.

For adult participants, there are 5K and 10K walk/run courses that offer a good workout and multiple opportunities for adrenalin spikes. The 5K features two passes of the Cemetery of the Dead (is there another kind?) and the Haunted Castle before you slip through the pumpkin patch and enter the dreaded Zombie Zone (there had to be one).

It gets even scarier for the 10K competitors, who encounter Horrible Hill, Spooky Bridge and Mad Dog Park, among other bone-chilling scenarios. But with double the scary effects planned this year for all runners, organizers urge you to prepare for a hell-bent finale as you scream to the finish.

Afterwards, enjoy the Monster Dash after party, where food and beverages will be served and prizes awarded. That should take the chill off a spine-tingling evening.

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