A family fun run/walk event coming to Presque Isle on Saturday, October 31, will get folks active with some festive fall fun all the while supporting a good cause.


The second annual Monster Dash Aroostook 5k and accompanying Little Monsters Fun Run is a Halloween-themed event that will start and end at TAMC’s A.R. Gould Memorial Hospital on Academy Street in Presque Isle.  Proceeds will benefit the County Dialysis Center, where life-sustaining treatments are provided to patients from all across Aroostook County.

The Little Monsters Fun Run, for ages 4 through 12, will begin at 9:00 a.m.; it is a half mile route around the TAMC campus. The 5k run/walk will get underway at 9:30 a.m.  The race will loop around the TAMC campus, go down Cedar Street to Mantle Lake Park and back to TAMC.

Awards will be presented for top male and female finishers, as well as for the best adult, best youth and best family costumes.  There is also a team category, so get a group together and challenge your friends or co-workers.

This is the perfect event for adults and kids who might want to get a little more ‘mileage’ out of their great Halloween costume or maybe want to gear up for trick-or-treating that night,” said Sarah Caron, organizer and race director for both the adult and children’s run/walk.  “This is really just a fun event that raises money for a great cause.”

Pre-registration for the event is available on-line on TAMC’s website.  Interested participants are encouraged to register in advance at www.tamc.org by clicking on the Monster Dash icon on the homepage.  The cost is $5 for the Little Monsters Fun Run and $15 for the 5K run/walk.  There is also a $40 discount option for a family of four.  Registration will also be available on-site at TAMC beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, October 31.

Every dollar from Monster Dash registration fees benefits The County Dialysis Center. The center treats approximately 45 patients, three times each week.  In 2014, patients received 5,789 treatments at the center.  New equipment and renovated space to accommodate increased patient numbers is needed for the center, which has been in constant operation for nearly two decades.