POINT PLEASANT BEACH — The 14th annual Monster Dash 5K and One Mile Fun Run, a Halloween-themed race in support of the Point Pleasant First Aid & Emergency Squad, was held Saturday, Oct. 28 on Jenkinson’s Boardwalk.
Children took to the boards for the One Mile Fun Run beginning at 9:30 a.m., beginning and ending in front of the aquarium. The 5K took off following next at 10:30 a.m., starting and finishing at Central and Ocean avenues.
The annual event raises funds for the operations of the completely volunteer-run squad that covers Point Pleasant Beach, Mantoloking and Bay Head, to assist in purchasing equipment and supplies, providing rig maintenance and fuel. All runner registration fees go directly to the First Aid Squad.
Ms. Miller said the members have always known they wanted to organize a 5K, but the idea for a Halloween-themed run came after a collective vote by the First Aid Squad over a decade ago.
“We started it in 2010. This is the 14th year and this is probably the warmest weather we’ve ever had,” said Megan Miller, Point Pleasant First Aid & Emergency Squad fundraiser and Monster Dash 5K co-chair, alongside her husband, Johnathon.
“The first few years were not chipped and then we got chips now with Elite Racing Systems,” said Ms. Miller, referring to chip-timing accessibility. “It’s been really cool; each year is a little bit different.”
Each year, the squad members work a specific area of the event, either staffing the tables to sign up racers, setting out food, replenishing water jugs or some as costume judges.
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