Monster Dash

October 15, 2021

Join us at sunset for 5K run, walk, or roll along the Lower Yahara River Trail and through our haunted prairie and forest. CAUTION! Monsters may be lurking along the trail. If you survive, your reward will be a bonfire with s'mores, beverages, and food available for purchase from Delta Brew Lab and the Vegan Pa’Ka food truck and an outdoor movie (Bettlejuice) once the sun has set. Costumes are heavily encouraged!

Monster Dash Flier   Facebook Event


Early bird registration costs $20 and includes access to the 5K, bonfire, and admission to the outdoor movie.  Registration fee will increase to $30 after September 1st. Registration fees help support youth education and outdoor recration programs at the Lussier Family Heritage Center, a Dane County Parks facility.


Starting Location and Route

The race will begin and end at the Lussier Family Heritage Center (3101 Lake Farm Road, Madison). Parking is available at the Heritage Center or across Lake Farm Road in the Capital City & Lower Yahara River Trailhead parking lot.

Route Map 


Age Restrictions

The Monster Dash 5K is open to all ages, however there will be monsters lurking along the rage route so it might not be suitable for all. Our monsters will be warned to hang back when people with strollers or very young kids are passing by but they will still be visible so please use your best judgement. Not into thrills and chills?  Skip the haunted forest and join us at 7:30 PM for the outdoor movie, Beetlejuice! ($10 per person suggested donation if you are attending just the movie).