15th annual Monster Dash race in Ashland

MEDFORD, Ore. – On Saturday morning, monsters, superheroes, movie characters and more, all went head-to-head in Ashland’s 15th Monster Dash.

The runners, young and old, met up at Lithia Park this morning.

They had the choice to participate in a ‘fun- run,’ one mile run, a 5k or a 10k run.

But more than the glory, the run helped the Ashland Schools Foundation, who organized the run.

It aims to impact local Ashland public schools through grants that help teachers buy equipment they need for quality teaching.

The foundation says that the monster dash continues to grow each year.

Ashland Schools Foundation’s Erica Thompson said, “last year we had just under 1000 people and that was a record here. This year we have over 1200 people, community is so important we band together, everybody has different strengths, different things to contribute and so when we can come together and help each other out, we’re stronger together.”

After the runs were done, there were other activities families could engage in.

This included the costume contest, food stands, face painting and more.

If you missed out on the run, you could still contribute by going to their website. 

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Maximus Osburn is a reporter for NBC5 News. He studied at California State University-Northridge, graduating with a degree in Broadcasting. Maximus is an avid martial arts enthusiast and combat sports fan. He even traveled to Thailand to train with martial arts experts. Maximus loves movies, nature, and doing things outside his comfort zone, like swimming in sub-freezing lakes in the winter.
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