Monster Dash

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HOLTS SUMMIT – Monsters and super heroes showed up on Oct. 21 to run or walk in the Monster Dash 5K in Holts Summit. Community members wore their Halloween costumes to participate in the walk or run. Afterwards, kids enjoyed a trunk-or-treat.

Holts Summit Community Betterment Association, Capital Region Healthy Community and Missouri Foundation for Health, Healthy Schools Healthy Communities put on the first annual Monster Dash.

Participants who wore costumes were entered in a chance to win cash prizes. Some winners included a mouse in a mouse trap and Bonnie and Clyde.

One participant named Addison Kaullen, age 9, said she came to the 5K to have fun. 

"If we do a 5K then we're going to have fun and there's nothing else to do during our day," Kaullen said. 

Kaullen dressed as her favorite super hero, The Flash.

One family attended the Monster Dash dressed as their favorite color of crayon. Cecilia Holmstrom dressed as a yellow crayon. Holmstrom said she chose yellow because it was the color of her hair. 

Following the 5K, participants could attend a trunk-or-treat. Admission was one dollar or a canned food item. The groups donated the admission fees and canned food items to the Holts Summit Soup Kitchen.

The Healthy Communities Coordinator for Capital Region Medical Center, Ashley Varner, said the donations will help those in need in the Holts Summit Community. 

"Our soup kitchen here in Holts Summit is available for our entire community. It's on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Free meals for our community for any of those that are in most need or no need," Varner said. 

Local businesses signed up to decorate trunks and had out candy to the children.

The Healthy Communities Coordinator for Capital Region Medical Center partnered up with the Holts Summit Community Betterment Association to find a physical activity to get the community active.

Although this was the first ever Monster Dash 5K, the groups that presented the event hope to make it an annual one.