The Inaugural Monster Run Offers a Spooky Good Time + A Race Entry Giveaway!

Calling all witches, ghosts and goblins – the inaugural Monster Run is just one month away! MIlwaukee’s newest race features a Quarter Marathon, 5k, Kids Run and plenty of spooky surprises along a course that runs through Whitnall Park.


Below, Anna Ryan from Vision Event Management, talks about what runners can expect at this year’s inaugural race.

For more details about the Monster Run, visit our Featured Races page.

This is the Monster Run’s inaugural year – what prompted the start of this race?

We wanted to provide a fun Halloween-theme race the whole family can enjoy. We also thought making this an evening run was something unique and very fitting for the Halloween season.

MedalWho wouldn’t want to add this medal to their collection??

How many runners are you expecting this year?

This year, we’re expecting more than 2,500 participants.

Can you share some of the race highlights?

The Monster Run provides an exciting Halloween-theme race with post-race games and activities for the whole family. Three distances fit any runner’s ability: there’s a Quarter Marathon (6.55 Miles), 5K and Kids Run. Post-race activities include bobbing for apples, a potato sack race, digging for worms and a guess the number of candy corn game. Course décor will also certainly add to the Halloween theme. Pumpkins carved ahead of time will also be judged.

Can you tell us more about the Costume Contest?

Participants will be judged ahead of time and announced at the beginning of the race. There are three categories: Best Group Costume, Best Kids Costume and Best Individual Costume. Prizes include gift certificates and commemorative trophies.

What are some of the participant perks?

All finishers will get a medal and Quarter Marathon participants will also receive a long sleeve tech shirt. 5K and Kids Run participants will receive a cotton shirt. All registered participants receive 1 FREE witches brew (aka beer).

ShirtThis year’s shirt design

What’s the course like?

The course is pretty scenic and runs through the Boerner Botanical Gardens. The course is also relatively flat with a couple of rolling hills after mile four.

Are you in it to win it?

Join us at the witching hour! We’re giving away a free entry to the Monster Run. To enter the contest:

  • Tell us which race distance you want to race (Quarter Marathon or 5k) and what you’re planning to dress up as for Halloween.

For additional entries do the following and let us know you did each action in separate comments:

Good luck! We’ll pick a winner at random on Tuesday, September 24 and announce the winner the following day. Be sure to check back on Wednesday to see if you’re our winner!*

Keep Running MKE – you’re doing great!

*Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize by emailing If the prize is not claimed within that time frame, we will select a new winner.

64 thoughts on “The Inaugural Monster Run Offers a Spooky Good Time + A Race Entry Giveaway!

  1. I “liked” Keep Running MKE on Facebook!

  2. I shared the post on FB.

  3. I “like” Keep Running MKE on Facebook!

  4. I “like” Monster Run on Facebook!

  5. I would love to run the Quarter Marathon as the Black Swan!

  6. I would rock the quarter marathon as Buddy the Elf!

  7. I “like” Monster Run on Facebook.

  8. I shared Monster Run on Facebook.

  9. I “liked” Keep Running MKE on Facebook.

  10. I would like to run the Quarter as Forrest Gump!

  11. I (already) like Keep Running MKE on Facebook!

  12. I (already) like Monster Run on Facebook!

  13. I’m following @KeepRunningMKE on Twitter!

  14. I am following @Monster_Run on Twitter!

  15. I shared this on Facebook!

  16. I would love to do the quarter marathon, and I want to dress up as thing 1, with my man as thing 2!

  17. I would like to run the quarter and would dress up as thing 1, with my man as thing 2!

  18. I want to race the 5k as a ladybug!

  19. I like Keep Running MKE on Facebook.

  20. Follow Keep Running MKE on Twitter.

  21. Like Monster Run on Facebook.

  22. Follow Monster Run on Twitter.

  23. Quarter marathon, and I plan to dress up as… well, I haven’t actually decided yet. Something fun, I promise. 🙂

  24. Liked Keep Running MKE on Facebook

  25. Followed Keep Running MKE on Twitter

  26. Shared post on FB

  27. Liked Monster Run on FB

  28. Followed Monster Run on Twitter

  29. Plan on doing the 5k dressed as a gladiator

  30. Liked Keep Running MKE on Facebook

  31. Liked Monster Run on Facebook

  32. this is awesome! i’m already running the quarter marathon. looking forward to it!

  33. I would like the Monster Run to be my first quarter marathon! I would run it as the queen of hearts from Alice in Wonderland.

  34. i would love to run the quarter marathon! i just ran my first 10k in chicago on saturday, and i won your free entry to the brewer’s 10k, but cannot make it! plus, my daughter can do the kids run and get involved!

  35. i like keep running mke on facebook.

  36. i like the monster run on facebook.

  37. i follow monster run on twitter (and i would dress up like a cat this year. because i think it might help me run faster, and i need all the help i can get.

  38. Quarter Marathon, a green warty witch I think, unless the kids come up with family costume idea 🙂

  39. I follow Keep Running Mke on Twitter

  40. I follow Monster Run on Twitter

  41. I have liked the Monster Run page
    I have liked the Keep Running MKE page
    I have followed Monster Run on twitter
    I have followed Keep Running on twitter
    I tweeted about the giveaway
    I would run the quarter marathon distance
    I’m most likely going to be She-Ra

  42. I Like Monter Run on FB

  43. I’d do the 5k and I don’t dress up for Halloween. 🙂

  44. I already follow both on twitter and I would run the Quarter as a Nun.

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