By J.L. Haler
Music, dancing, kids laughing, bouncy castles, ice cream, photo booths, costumed runners, and the sun shining. Who could ask for a better day? This was the second year my son ran in the Monster Mash Dash for Specialized Needs Recreation.
I've said it before, but the running community in this area is a wonderful group. I have never seen anything but support, encouragement, and fun had by the participants, volunteers, and spectators. My son is the runner of the family, it seems to be his stress release. And not just a short jaunt, he prefers long distance running. So we tend to hit all the fun runs in the area. The rest of us are happy spectators. One thing to remember about the fun runs in the area is that they don't have to be runs. Often there are fun walkers. And sometimes fun dancers.
The runs are all amazing in different ways, but the Monster Mash Dash is one of my favorites. The proceeds from the race go to Specialized Needs Recreation, a non-profit that offers recreational activities for kids and adults with developmental and physical disabilities. Team Hoyt CDA, a non-profit, was there as well. Runners pushed racing wheelchairs filled with joyful men and women. Everyone thrilled to participate.
And what makes this a blast to watch is the costumes roaming around. Last year we saw two fully suited Storm Troopers, weapons playing the classic Storm Trooper music (upper pic.), and this year I watched a T-Rex cross the finish line (Lower pic. my son, not the T-Rex. Confusing, I know.). You have to love a race that leaves everyone with smiles and laughter. And there's no way to spend a better day than helping others.
What makes this one of my favorite races is the sheer joy emanating from everyone. If you get a chance to next year, make sure to check out the Monster Mash Dash. I guarantee you won't be able to leave without a smile on your face.
P.S. Did you notice the drastic attire difference from last year to this year? Just an example of what it means to live in the great Inland Northwest. Never count on a certain temperature!
I love spending time with my family doing all the wonderful activities in the Inland Northwest.