Spiderman sported bright orange running shoes, bloodied twins from “The Shining” held hands as they ran past and even a giant blueberry made his way across the finish line.
The first Moonlight Monster Mash Dash, a Halloween fun run sponsored by Vertical Runner in Breckenridge, raised $250 for the Summit High School cross-country team last week.
Drew Mikita, Vertical Runner Breckenridge co-owner, said his outdoor equipment store was already in the process of planning a running event close to Halloween, and decided to donate part of the entry fees to the team.
“We just opened in July so this was our first crack at putting on an event for the community,” he said. “We plan on doing a lot more in the future.”
Runners had the option of a 1-mile or a 5K run, and the 56 participants all wore costumes as they ran at dusk on the Breckenridge recreation path.
“This race far exceeded our expectations,” Mikita said. “I didn’t see one person not having fun out there. We want more and more of that — hosting events the community wants.”
Mikita said he expected 25 runners, and so more than doubling that number in the first year of a race made him excited to continue the event in the future.
He said one of his favorite costumes he saw was a family dressed as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Awards were presented for the best human and best pet costume at a party following the race.
Shoe company Hoka also sponsored the event, allowing runners to try on a pair of shoes during the run and also donating two pairs during a raffle.
“We always want to put in a twist of helping the community when doing these kind of things,” Mikita said. “Events that generate money, we want to give a portion to charity or someone in need.”
The cross-country team has wrapped up its season, so the money will be used next year.