Meridian Star

October 8, 2012

‘Monster Dash’ getting ready to start

By Brian Livingston /
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     In a few weeks downtown Meridian may look like it has been overrun, or over-walked, by members of the "Thriller" video.

    The 2nd Annual "Monster Dash" is the largest fundraiser for the Meridian Kiwanis Club. According to Kiwanis Club president Brandon Pratt, it's a walk or run event in which the participants are encouraged to wear their best Halloween costumes.

    "This race is a tremendous amount of fun for us and everyone involved," Pratt said. "Not only do we get to sport our Halloween costumes but we are raising money that will support different children's organizations right here in the Meridian area."

    The 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run will be held downtown on Saturday, Oct. 27, Pratt said. Participants are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. There will be $50 cash prizes awarded to runners with the "Best Costume" in their age division.

    Pratt said Tim Irvine with the Bonita Running Club will serve as race director, and all participants will receive a lightweight "Tech Shirt," as well as breakfast provided by Popeyes Chicken.  

    Pratt said proceeds from the race will go to local organizations and causes that the club supports, Pratt said.   

    "In addition to supporting a number of children's organizations, our club places one Automated External Defibrillator or 'AED' at a local school each year," Pratt said. "We also help fund the Trinity Dyslexia Center and fund eight partial scholarships at Meridian Community College,"

    Those interested in preregistering can find more information on the Kiwanis Club Facebook page or through For more information on joining the Meridian Kiwanis Club please contact Brandon Pratt at 601-479-2769 or