Be Prepared

Security Policy


Team Ortho Foundation and Monster Dash are taking security precautions to keep this event as safe as we can. 

  • Bag drop bags will be available on race day and will be clear in color. You must use the clear bag on race day.   If you bring your own bag to bag check specifically, we reserve the right to inspect it for security purposes. 
  • Spectators should leave backpacks and big purses at home.  If they are brought into the race area, they will be subject to inspection.
  • We ask that participants and spectators be aware and respectful of sirens and emergency vehicles that may end up on the course.  If you hear or see an emergency vehicle, please move to the side of the road.
  • St. Paul Police will be enforcing no pedestrian traffic on Spring Street, which is the road right in front of the shops and residences near our finish line.  Please be respectful of this enforcement.  Residents want to be supportive of our event, but when their one and only exit/ entry is clogged by people it can be frustrating for them.  Spectators and participants are asked to watch the race from the north side of the course instead of along Spring Street.

Team Ortho has other additional security measures in place at all points on the course.

Course Certification

The Monster Dash Half Marathon and 10 mile in St. Paul is certified by the USATF.

Click here to see the Half Marathon Certification

Click here to see the 10 mile Certification

Half Marathon & 10 Mile

The 2017 Half Marathon and 10-Mile Monster Dash course in St. Paul is fast, beautiful and entertaining.  Did we say fast?  You just might PR on this course which is all downhill (400 vertical feet total from start to finish)!

Combined with the beautiful fall foliage, the start of the race is spectacular! It begins near the picturesque Cathedral of St. Paul which overlooks the city. Participants will run the tree-lined course along historic Summit Avenue and finish in Downtown St. Paul at the Mighty Mississippi (See course info).  The half marathon and 10-mile course is chipped timed and USATF certified!

And if you can handle it-- challenge yourself to run the distance in costume!  You could win our costume contest! But make sure you run with it on first-- we can guarantee fun but we cannot guarantee "no chafing".

Start time: 8:30am

Monster Half Marathon & 10 Mile

  • Performance Zip Up
  • 10-Mile and Half Marathon get a Stained-glass finisher's medal
  • Chip-timed
  • USATF Certified
  • Costume Contest
  • Beautiful course
  • Headset friendly 
  • FUN Post-Race Party!


Start planning your costume now and come out on out for our super fun and friendly race!

Monster Dash 5K

Please note:


Both chipped and non chipped 5k racers will begin at CHS at 9:30 am.

Join us for the Monster Dash 5K in St. Paul!  A super-fun costume race that is great for the whole family!

Monster 5K  (Chipped & Non Chipped options)

5K: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Start Time:  9:30am
Location: Start and Finish are at CHS Field

  • Adult, gender-specific, Monster Dash Performance Zip Up
  • Stained-glass finisher's medal
  • Fun run, great course along the Mississippi River!
  • Convenient and abundant parking!
  • Trick or treat candy for kids at the finish
  • Beer Garden at Upper Landing Park
  • Costume contest!
  • Watch yourself finish on the 50ft Jumbo Tron at CHS Field!


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Packet Pick-up

Thank you for registering for the Monster Dash Half Marathon, 10-Mile, and 5K. We are glad you are joining us and thousands of other fun runners with great spirit for our signature race.


Packet Pick-Up/Expo Hours 
Friday, October 27, 2017
Time: TBD
Union Depot
214 4th St E
St Paul, MN 55101 
Parking available at Union Depot parking lots (accessible towards and past the intersection of Kellogg and Broadway) and other area parking lots including Lowertown Ramp, 316 Jackson St, St Paul, MN 55102.

What to expect at the 2017 Monster Dash Packet Pickup

  • Pickup for Monster Dash
  • Registration for Polar Dash
  • 2018 Monster Race Series registration
  • Great Monster Gear in our Store


If you can't make our Packet Pick-up, there are some options for you: 

1. You can have your gear picked up by a friend or family member during our packet pick-up hours.  They MUST have a photo copy or picture of your photo ID (texted or emailed to your phone) with them along with your bib number to pick up your packet. 

2. If you cannot attend packet pick-up, you can have your packet mailed to you.  Please see our policy page on how to do that

3. While there is no general race day packet pick-up, if you cannot attend any of the scheduled packet pick-ups or get anyone to pick up your gear and packet for you or purchase a mailout, then for a $20 convenience fee per person, we will have your packet waiting for you at our information/registration tent on race day.  This must be prearranged by October 23, 2017, as only the packets of those who have prearranged with us will be there on race day. Please see our policy page on how to do that.  


Bib Numbers

Bib numbers and a copy of your photo ID are needed for packet pick-up.

Click here to see Bib Numbers for Monster Dash

Bib numbers are not automatically updated with your registration.  The list is updated often.  Please check back to see your bib number as the race approaches. 




Course Information

Three race distances, two main courses when you do the Monster Dash:  Half Marathon and 10 Mile  or the 5K course. Which ever race you choose, you will have a great experience in Minnesota's beautiful fall atmosphere with a Monster Dash twist!

Monster Half Marathon & 10-Mile

Start time: 8:30am

Half Marathon Course

Start Location: St. Paul, MN (Race Village at John Ireland Blvd & Dayton/Marshall)
Half Finish Location: Upper Landing Park in St. Paul (Eagle Parkway and Shepard Road)  No parking at finish.
10 Mile Finish Location: Near Elway and Shepard. No parking at finish (on-street a few blocks away)

Half Course open for 3 1/2 hours
10-Mile Course open for 2 hours, 45 minutes

The 2017 Half Marathon and 10-Mile Monster Dash is in St. Paul this year!  Combined with the beautiful fall foliage, the start of the race is spectacular! It begins at the picturesque Cathedral of St. Paul that overlooks the city. Participants will run downhill (an end total of 400 vertical feet) along the tree-lined course  on historic Summit Avenue and finish in Downtown St. Paul at the Mighty Mississippi.  The chip-timed race is USATF certified. 

And if you can handle it-- challenge yourself to run the distance in costume!  You could win our costume contest!
Click on here to Download PDF of Course 

Elevation Map (Click on map to download PDF)





















Screen Shot 2016 09 23 at 4.12.05 PMMonster Dash 5K 

Start time 9:30am
Location: Start and Finish are at CHS Field


This is the shorter, family-family friendly distance for the signature Monster Dash.  The 5K is an optional chip-timed event. 

  • Watch yourself finish on the 50ft Jumbo Tron at CHS Field!
  • Convenient Parking
  • Costume Contest
  • Walker-friendly
  • Trick or treat candy for kids at the finish
  • Party with ALL the Monster Dash Runners at the post-race party in Upper Landing Park!
  • Beer Garden at Upper Landing Park!








Check back soon for 2017 Monster Dash gear pictures!




Costume Contest

This information is from 2016, please check back for 2017 soon!


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 10-Mile 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.  Awards for the winners will be announced via our Facebook page (and email) the following week!



Click here to see all photos on our Facebook page



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

  • Individual Male
  • Individual Female
  • Couple (2 individuals, group leader to post picture)
  • Group (3 or more individuals,  group leader to post picture)
  • Individual Boy (12 and under, must note age on photo)
  • Individual Girl (12 and under, must note age on photo)



What Will I Be Judged On?

Judges will grade contestants on a scale of 1 to 5 in each of the following categories:

  • Execution (How well did you put this costume together?)
  • Originiality (How unique is your costume?)
  • Wear-ability (Is this something that could be worn during a race?)
  • Overall Effect


When and Where Do I Find Out If I Won?
Winners will announced on the week following the race. Check our Facebook page and your email to find out if your costume won!!


What Can I Win?
Your very own Monster Dash Costume Contest Award Flag!



Travel and Lodging

Coming in from out of town for the race? Check back soon for great hotel recommendations!


Partners & Vendors

 Thank you for your interest in being involved with Monster Dash!






If you are interested in being a partner or vendor at our expo, email us for additional information. 

If you are interested in a partnership of a different kind, please contact us.



Weather Policy

During Team Ortho events there is always the potential for extreme or severe weather conditions (for example: lightning, tornado, high winds, extreme hot or cold temperatures, blizzard, etc...). Team Ortho Foundation will do as much as we can to make the experience as safe as possible.  But if there is severe weather, the race may be delayed as race officials consult public safety officers.  If there is more than a reasonable delay, or if conditions persist, race officials reserve the right  to shorten or cancel the race.  Entry fees are non-refundable.  Please check the website and your email before the race for any changes or cancellations.  If you  are already at the event, listen to the announcer about any weather changes that may occur.