Monster Mash Dash offers family Halloweekend fun

By Allan Bradbury
Staff Writer

A partnership with United Native Friendship Centre, North Western Health Unit and Gizhewaadiziwin Health Access Centre (GHAC) has come together to sponsor a 5 km fun run/walk on the Friday before Haloween.

The Monster Mash Dash is set to be a fun evening of family fun, costumes and exercise according to organizer Lori Leduc.

“My hope is that people come out, they dress up and they have fun,” Leduc said. “We’ve got lots of music, post-race food, a costume contest. We’ve got some major draw prizes being donated and we’ve got some big prizes coming for costume prizes as well.”

The event will kick off around 5:00 p.m. with registration near La Place Rendezvous which serves as the start and finish line. Then there will be a costume parade and judging at 6:30 and the race is scheduled to start around 7:00. Then as people finish the 5 KM course, which will run to the Sorting Gap Marina and back, there will be prizes, food and a dance party.

Leduc says she enjoys planning this kind of family event.

“I’ve been wanting to put a fun family event on since I moved here,” she said. “But then COVID hit. I tried a few of them. I had a St. Patrick’s run once. But basically I’m inspired to get all the families moving and it’s a free event. There are training programs available and it doesn’t have to be all about running. You can come walk for five km as well.

Along the route Leduc says there will be some surprises.

“There are going to be some course ‘spookers’” Leduc said. “We’ve recruited the Muskie Girls hockey team and the cross country team and some other high school participants to volunteer.”

Prizes will be awarded for best scary costume, most creative costume, funniest costume, best decade themed costume, best group costume, best pair costume, best movie themed costume.

For more information and to register you can visit the event’s Facebook page, Monster Mash Dash 5K Fun Walk/Run.