Ninth annual Monster Dask 5K set for Saturday

  • Residents participate in the Monster Dash 5K in 2016. Staff File Photo/Matt Burkhartt

Staff Writer
Published: 10/24/2019 6:50:31 PM

NORTHFIELD — The Northfield Cemetery will appear to be alive with ghosts and ghouls as racers run through it as part of the ninth annual Monster Dash Halloween 5K.

Event Coordinator Terry McKeon, a professional physical therapist, said he was inspired to start the running, walking and bicycling event to give community members and their families a chance to be active, while wearing their Halloween costumes, if they choose. Race participants will meet at Northfield Town Hall, 69 Main St., on Saturday for the 9 a.m. start time.

“The whole family can participate and do it at their own level,” McKeon said.

Since its foundation in 2010, attendance has increased every year. Originally starting with roughly 25 people, McKeon is estimating to have more than 120 racers gather this year.

“I would say at least half the people dress up. There have been some pretty elaborate ones,” he said. “We had Wonder Woman last year and she looked just like she was from the movie.”

Entry fees are $20 per person, with a $35 maximum per family. High school students can register for just $10. Benefits go to the First Parish Unitarian Church. The entry fee also includes a Monster Dash mug — limit two per family — for the first 100 participants to register, and a large breakfast at the church for all participants.

“They have pancakes, eggs, bacon, fruit — there is a whole bunch to choose from,” McKeon said.

Awards will be given to the top runners, as well as for those dressed in costume. Racers who dress for the event will have their bib number drawn from a hat for a chance to win prizes. McKeon said the Monster Dash is “one of the best races you can go to, prize wise.”

The Northfield Creamie and Cameron’s Winery, along with other local companies, have donated prizes like T-shirts and gift cards. Piccadilly Farm also comes with bags of fresh food that racers can win, McKeon said.

Anyone with questions can contact McKeon at 617-504-2750. Race day registrations are accepted, but advance registration is encouraged online at

Zack DeLuca can be reached at or 413-772-0261, ext. 264.


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