Everything You Need to Know


Check out the photos from all of our 2016 Minnesota Monster Dash races !  

Plus there are other photos on our Facebook page!
Below are photos from previous Monster Dash Races. 



This information is from 2016, please check back for 2017 information.


We know you want to come and cheer on your runners on race day! And we LOVE to see the streets lined with excited fans!

Here are some spectator tips to use on race day.

  • Start and Half Finish only:  Park in the recommended parking, walk up to the start and then walk down Kellogg Boulevard to the Half Finish at Upper Landing Park.  See perspective in the key locations map.
  • Summit: Selby runs parallel to Summit on the North side and is the recommended detour for residents in the area.  You can use this and find on-street parking and walk to Summit.  Please adhere to no parking signs, permit-only parking and please do not block driveways.
  • Shepard and/or 10-Mile Finish line:  West 7th Street runs parallel to Shepard Road.  Please take that and use Davern, Alton, Homer or Rankin as cross streets to get to Shepard.  To stop at the 10 Mile finish line, please take Montreal to Elway and find parking before walking down to Shepard.  You most likely will not be able to park near Shepard.  Click here for map.  Please adhere to no parking signs, permit-only parking and please do not block driveways.
  • Half Marathon Finish Line: Park in the recommended parking area  and walk down Eagle Parkway to Upper Landing Park.


Neighborhood Info & Detours

This is neighborhood and detour information from the 2016 race.  We don't expect it to change too much for 2017, but we will update the information as soon as we receive it in the fall of 2017.

The Monster Dash is centered in some of the most popular and scenic portions of St. Paul.  As a result, we want to make sure residents and spectators know what to expect and how to get around when roads are closed.

Road Closure times:(see course map here)
Summit:  7:30-10:00 a.m. (But between Nina and Kellogg the road closes at 6:30 a.m.) 
Mississippi River Blvd: 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Shepard Road:  7:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
We will do our best to get everything off the road as quickly as possible and St. Paul Police will open the roads behind the last runners.

Please see recommended detour information below.

Cathedral Area Detours (for residents, people who are going to the Cathedral, and employees in the area):
Click here to download PDF or see larger view.
From West:
Take 94 West to Dale Street Exit and take a right onto Dale Street. Take a left onto Selby Avenue and use that to get to your destination north of Summit Avenue.  If going to the Cathedral directly, continue on Selby Avenue all the way down to the Cathedral parking area. 
From South:  
Take 35E to Kellogg Blvd Exit.  Take a left on Kellogg Blvd. to John Ireland Boulevard.  Only the right lane will be open on John Ireland Boulevard and you can take it only to Marshall Avenue.  Take a right on Marshall Avenue and drive straight to Western Avenue, take a left.  Stay on Western Avenue until you intersect with Selby Avenue, then take Selby Avenue to get to your area or take a left to the Cathedral
From North or East:
Take 35E South or I-94 East and take the Marion Street Exit.  Take a left onto Kellogg Blvd.  Take a right, into the right lane of John Ireland Blvd. then take an immediate right onto Marshall Avenue.  Drive straight to Western Avenue, take a left.  Stay on Western Avenue until you intersect with Selby Avenue, then take Selby Avenue to get to your area or take a left to the Cathedral.

Crossing Summit Avenue during the race:
Summit Avenue between Nina and Mississippi River Boulevard will close at 7:30 a.m.  After that time officers will allow crossing at these intersections when it is safe to do so:  Dale, Lexington, Snelling, Cleveland, Fairview and Cretin.  You may have a bit of a wait, or no wait at all.  The Race starts at 8:30 a.m. so any time between 8:30 and 9:30 will likely have Summit Avenue very busy with runners.  Please plan accordingly.
If you are on the south side of Summit and need to get to the North side of Summit, we suggest to go to Jefferson Avenue and connect with Northbound Ayd Mill Road.
If you are on the south side of Summit and need to go west, take West 7th/Highway 5 westbound to Minneapolis.

Hidden Falls Detour:
Click here to download map PDF or see larger version or click on map at right
If exiting from Highway 5, and you want to go to Hidden Falls via Shepard Road/Mississippi River Boulevard, signs will guide you to follow Edgcumbe Road.  Take a left on Munster Ave., and another immediate left onto Norfolk Lane (which turns into Norfolk Ave.)  Follow that to Cleveland Ave. South and take a right.  Keep going all the way to Magoffin Avenue and take a left.  An officer will greet you at Mississippi River Boulevard and allow you to cross to Hidden Falls when it is safe to do so. 

Shepard Road Detour:
Please take Highway 5/West 7th, which runs parallel to Shepard road and use as your detour.  Highway 5 can get you into Minneapolis or to the airport.
St. Paul Police will allow access to local businesses as well when it is safe.   

Mississippi River Boulevard (MRB): 
All of Mississippi River Boulevard is closed from just north of Summit Avenue to Highway 5 from 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.  We will be allowing an access lane for residences between Prior and Magoffin.  It is required that residents only travel north on this lane so everyone is going in the same direction.  Please plan accordingly.  Letters are being mailed out to this affected area.

Upper Landing Condos, Caribou Coffee, Anytime Fitness:
Upper Landing Park will be a gathering location for the 5K and a post-race party location.  Residents of Upper Landing Condos and folks who want to access the Caribou Coffee and Anytime Fitness will still be able to get to and from the area via Eagle/Old Chestnut during the race.  Shepard  Road will be closed from Highway 5 to Jackson, with the exception of the Eagle/Old Chestnut intersection being clear for traffic.  There will be no traffic on Shepard Road from Eagle during this event.  There is an expected delay in this area between 9:00-9:10 a.m.  If you can leave before or wait to leave after that time, it would be much appreciated.  We apologize for this inconvenience.   

Bike/Trail Traffic:
The bike/pedestrian trail near Upper Landing runs parallel to our race finish line and is open to the public.  We will do the best we can to  keep this unobstructed for folks who plan to use the trail on Saturday morning.  However, please keep in mind you could face some race congestion.  Please feel free to continue on this trail or you could take a suggested detour that could bring you around the race without much trouble.  Traveling West on the trail, you can go to the left where the trail splits before Upper Landing Park and continue on the trail along the river until you can pop back up near Washington which is past our finish line and the congestion should subside in this area.  If you are traveling east (toward downtown) we suggest you do the same route.

Thank you for your patience.  If you are a resident who lives on Mississippi River Boulevard (south of Summit to Shepard) or on Summit Avenue and are affected by this closure, a letter is being sent to your home notifying you of the road closures.
Click here for the Summit Letter
Click here for the MRB Letter

Lowertown/Downtown 5K letter

Event Maps

This information is from 2016, please check back for 2017 information.


The Monster Dash is located in St. Paul on Saturday morning, October 28th, 2017.  Here are some maps to help you get around.

St. Paul

The Monster Dash Half Marathon and 10 Mile in St. Paul has one single start and two finish lines, plus a race village, shuttles and post-race party!  Please review the following maps to familiarize yourself with the event on race day.

Course Maps

Key Locations in St. Paul (Start, Half Finish, Race Village, Post-Race Party and Parking)

10-Mile Finish

10- Mile Shuttles



This information is from 2016, please check back for 2017 information.


The folks who run the Monster Dash 10-Mile will have shuttles waiting for them near the finish line to bring them 3 miles to the Post-Race Party.

14 shuttle buses will be driving the 6-mile, round-trip loop along the Westbound lanes of Shepard Road to get runners to the post race action, their bags for their clothes and to parking.

Shuttle buses will be located at the intersection of Shepard Road and Elway, about 600 feet from the 10-Mile finish line.  You will be dropped off near the Half Marathon Finish Line Chute at Washington.  You can walk from this location to pick up your bags at bag drop.

Click on Map Below to See Larger Version or to Download and Print



Post-Race Party

Where else can you run a race, be in costume, listen to great music AND drink a beer? Only at the Monster Dash Post-Race Party at Upper Landing Park in St. Paul.  The festivities begin after you cross the finish line!


Make sure you bring your photo ID to get wristbanded at packet pickup or on race day. You must show you are over 21 in order to get your free beer!  Plus, even if you are wristbanded on at packet pick-up, you will still need to have your photo ID on you during the party!



On-Course Music

Get your ROCK on during Monster Dash where we will have mustic all along the Half Marathon and 10 Mile course.


Then cap it off with a fabulous DJ at our Post Race Party in Upper Landing Park!

Pace Teams

Check back in the fall for 2017 Pace Team information!


We will have pacers for the Monster Dash 10 Mile and the Half Marathon on October 28th.  Pacers are there to help you reach your running goals. They encourage, educate and even challenge you during a race.  Both races can use pacers that are assigned to the times that best fit you.

Check out the paces and finish times below and pick which pacer you will run with for the Monster Dash.  If you have a question for the pacer, please talk to them at the expo!  They will have a table in our vendor area at the Union Depot.

Goal Finish TimeGoal PacePacer Name






























Parking & Transportation

This information is from 2016, please check back for 2017 information.


St. Paul Parking for Half Marathon, 10-Mile


We have many options for Monster Dash parking this year.  Whether you want to park near your race start or near the finish by Upper Landing Park, there are options for you.  Convenient and abundant parking! 

Start & Finish Locations for Monster Dash: (click here for start times)  Parking Overview map (wide view)
Half Marathon & 10 Mile start line location: Cathedral of Saint Paul, 239 Selby Ave. St. Paul, MN
5K Start &  Finish line location: CHS Stadium, 360 N Broadway St, St Paul, MN 55101
10 Mile Finish Line:  Shepard Road and Elway  **Runners shuttled to Half Marathon Finish
Half Marathon Finish Line:  Shepard Road & Sherman Street, Saint Paul, MN (Near Upper Landing Park) 

Parking Alert!  We anticipate 10,000 runners plus spectators for Monster Dash. Keep these points in mind:

  • EXPECT DELAYS as you park, due to high traffic volume, construction and event road closures.  
  • Pay attention to suggested routes on this page to get you to key areas.  
  • Plan to arrive at least one hour prior to the start of your race to ensure you are NOT LATE.  
  • We will not allow runners to start the race if they are more than 15 minutes late getting to the start line.

Parking near Half Marathon/10 Mile Start:  Click here for MAP & DIRECTIONS

Saint Paul College Ramp -- $10.00
***Shuttle pick up at Chestnut & Eagle, returns back to college only.

Be aware these lots could fill early. It is best to access all of these locations from Interstate 94, however, there are directions from north, south, east and west, by clicking here.

There is absolutely no parking at the Cathedral of Saint Paul. 

Parking in between Half Marathon/10 Mile Start and Upper Landing Park (Half Marathon Finish, Upper Landing Post-Race Party):  Click here to download map. Click here for directions.


Smith Avenue Transit Center parking. First come, first serve. Pay upon entrance. $15.00  Address 145 N. Smith Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55102
7 Corners Lot. First come, first serve. Pay upon entrance. $20.00  Address: 150 N. Smith Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55102 
RiverCentre Event Parking $15.00.  First come, first serve. Pay upon entrance.  Address:  150 Kellogg Blvd. West, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Kellogg Ramp Event Parking. First come, first serve. Pay upon entrance.  Address:  129 Kellogg Blvd. West, Saint Paul, MN 55102 

** Please plan to bring cash. Some ramps are cash only!


Timing & Scoring

The Monster Dash Half Marathon and 10-Mile will be timed using MTEC Results.This chip must be worn on the day of the event until you cross the finish line. This is a disposable chip and will not need to be given back after the race.


MTEC Results Instructions:


  • Keep the chip that was assigned to you at registration. Chips are non-transferable.
  • Wear the chip at all times during the race.
  • You do not need to return the chip after the race…they are disposable

Race results will be available later on race day on our results page.


Thank you for running Monster Dash.  Please allow 48 hours for race timing results to finalize.  If, by Tuesday, you still have questions about  your timing result, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Your detailed results are available here: 




Awards for the 10-Mile and Half Marathon will be mailed out 4-6 weeks following the race.  

  • Awards will be given for the Top Overall Male and Female Finisher.
  • Awards will be given for the Top Male and Female Finisher in each of the following age groups:  0-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+
  • Overall Winners will not be eligible for age group awards.