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Monster Mash 5K FAQ's Page


What does my registration fee pay for?

Your registration fee, along with the generous support of our sponsors, cover the cost of permitting for our venue, timing, and other hard costs.  100% of net proceeds will go to fund resources in all 26 Issaquah School District schools in the areas of Academic Support, Basic Student Needs, Mental, Behavioral, and Emotional Support, and Enrichment Programs.

Do I have to be a runner to participate?

Not at all!  All ages and participation levels are welcome.  We encourage time-conscious runners who average a 5K time of 24 minutes (7:41 min/mile pace or less) to register in our Elite Runner wave, but you will note that there is a wave dedicated to walkers, walk/joggers, and general runners of all speeds. 

What type of Covid-19 safety precautions are being taken?

Registration will be limited to comply with current King County Covid restrictions.  The total number of persons attending MM5K, including registered racers, volunteers, and staff will not to exceed 499 persons.  It is important to note that only registered Monster Mash registrants will be allowed on site because these are the numbers we are using to document persons on-site.  Additionally, racers will be registered into staggered starting times with limited numbers per wave.  Wave corrals will be clearly marked, distanced, and released two minutes apart from each other.  Masks will be required in the areas adjacent to the Start/Finish line which include the corrals, restrooms, parking lot, and registration/packet pick-up areas, and vendor tents at Lake Sammamish State Park.  Masking along the actual 5K route is encouraged, but not required.  Your mask can be looped around your wrist, tucked into a waistband or pocket, hung from a lanyard, or another way while you run.  Extra disposable masks and hand sanitizer will be available at tent locations. 

Do I have to be vaccinated to attend the Monster Mash?

No.  We commit to keep the Monster Mash 5K well below 500 attendees, so you will not be required to show proof of vaccination to attend.  You will, however, be asked to wear a mask in all areas except the running trail.  In compliance with King County Covid restrictions, we will require ALL persons on the race premises to be officially registered so we can carefully monitor the number of persons on-site.  It is not an option to attend this event as a spectator of a registered participant.  All who attend the Monster Mash must be able to show proof of registration, even if you choose not to run so we can account for all persons in our numbers. 

Do I need to bring a mask with me?

Yes, please.  While masking on the 5K route itself is optional, masks will be required in all other areas adjacent to the Start/Finish line which include the corrals, restrooms, parking lot, registration/packet pick-up area, and sponsor tents at Lake Sammamish State Park.  Expected to be asked to wear a mask or to be offered one in these areas if you do not have one on - thanks for understanding! 

I can't quite picture how the staging area and route will be set up.  Do you have more details?

Please view this video for a preview of both Monster Mash 5K staging and route areas.

How many people are you expecting and do I have other race options?

We are anticipating around 350-400 racers.  For those who prefer to run/walk indoors or within their own neighborhoods, we have a virtual race option available.  Virtual racers will receive the same technical tee and event medal that in-person racers receive and can either pick these items up at the Foundation or pay for shipping their race swag to their home.  Both in-person and virtual racers help us support the students in our community... thank you!

Is there a dedicated little kid race?

While we had originally envisioned a shorter distanced Goblin Dash race for exclusively elementary-aged kids, we feel that it is in the best interest of the kids to forego this option this year.  The Monster Mash 5K is open to all ages and all fitness levels, so we welcome you to bring whomever you feel comfortable bringing!  If you choose to bring smaller children, you may find that it is more comfortable to register for one of the later start times with walkers or walker/joggers.  We do not recommend strollers, and please note that 5K is 3.1 Miles.  We look forward to hosting a Goblin Dash next year!

What’s the parking situation?

There is plentiful on-site parking at the Lake Sammamish State Park Boat Launch.  This dedicated parking area is conveniently adjacent to the Monster Mash Start/Finish line and Registration/Packet Pick Up area.  Since this is a Washington State Park, a Discover Pass is required for the day.  Annual and Day Discover Passes can be purchased via local vendor with a small transaction fee, purchased at a State Park kiosk, or pre-purchased with your race registration without a transaction fee.  If you choose to purchase a Discover Day Pass along with your race registration, your Discover Pass will be included with your race packet.  If you already have a Discover Pass, then you're all set and parking will have no cost associated with it for the race!

If you do not own a Discover Pass and do not wish to pay for a day pass, there is free parking available near the ISD Central Administration building, which is approximately 1.25 miles away.  It is of note that extra time should be allotted for walking to Lake Sammamish State Park should you choose this option and that the race start will not be held late arrivals.

Click here to view a slideshow preview of the parking/registration/start/finish line area. 

What’s Included?

Each registration prior to October 10th, 2021, includes a technical wicking tee in a size of your choosing and a unique event medal delivered on race day.  Due to the pandemic-related supply chain/manufacturing delays and issues, shirts/medals for registrations after 10/10/21 are expected to be delivered in late-November.   These items will be available for pick up at the Foundation, or you may pay for shipping to your home.    

Costumes are encouraged.  What types of costumes?

We encourage you to embrace the season and wear whatever feels festive and comfortable to you.  This can be anything from a family-friendly costume to silly accessories like tutus, crazy socks, and hats, or just committing to a color palette of all orange and black.  All festively dressed racers will receive a raffle ticket entry for local gift cards and prizes!

Are you accepting morning-of registrations?

No.  Monster Mash 5K 2021 is completely sold out.  We will not be accepting any day-of registrations, and will need to turn unregistered racers away, unfortunately.  

How early can I pick up my packet and swag?  Can I pick up another racer's packet for them?

Packets will be available for early pick up on 10/29/21 at Plateau Runner, 2- 6 PM.  You may pick up packets for other registered racers as well. Early packet pick up is a great way to avoid the day-of lines, and we highly recommend this option.  This way, you can also race in your cool Monster Mash 5K shirt if you want! Everybody will receive a packet with their racing bib/timing chip, but only those who registered by 10/10/21 should expect to receive their shirt and medal at this time.  Late registration race swag will be available for pickup in November. 

I'm new to this - how early should I plan to arrive?

We generally recommend 45 minutes to 1-hour ahead of time to allow for potential lines, packet pick up (if you haven't already done so - see option to pick up early), warm up, and time to find your starting wave corral.  If you find yourself with a little extra time, you'll have a fresh sunrise over the lake to soak up or you can snap some fun photos with our inflatables.   

Will there be water available on the course? 

There will be water stops set up at the 1 mile and 2 mile markers. Thank you in advance for using the trash cans for disposal.

Are dogs and strollers allowed?

While East Lake Sammamish Trail remains a public trail without restrictions, we strongly advise against dogs and strollers due to the two-way traffic of the race route.  

How long does this event last?

Our first wave is scheduled to start at 9 AM.  Our last wave is scheduled to start at 9:10 AM.   One can typically expect the last walker to cross the Finish line about one hour after they start.  If you run early and need to leave the area early, the exits to the park will be open, but please note that there is the possibility that you will be asked to yield to crossing runners.

Are there prizes?

Yes!  There will be awards and prizes for fastest time in each age division as well as overall fastest male/female (1st, 2nd. 3rd place).  We anticipate announcing these awards around 10 AM.   Additionally, raffles/prizes will be awarded to those who run in costume (at any speed!), so get creative! 

I own a business and would love to see my logo on the back of the Monster Mash shirts and on race signage...  How does that happen?

Support from our generous sponsors allow us to cover our costs and pass along more funding directly to students in our community.  To learn more about Monster Mash 5K sponsorship options, please email: valerie@isfdn.org

Are there volunteer opportunities available at this event?

Yes!   Our event has a variety of ways for teens and adults to get involved.  Please note that due to event size restrictions, we may only be able to accept small groups.  To express interest in available age-appropriate opportunities, please email: info@isfdn.org


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