The ninth annual Monster Dash Run for Education will be held Oct. 28 in Lithia Park.

The 10-kilometer run begins at 8:30 a.m., the 1-mile Fun Run/Walk at 10 a.m. and the 5K Run/Walk at 10:45 a.m. Top finishers for each receive cash prizes and age-group winners receive gift cards from local merchants.

All races are chip-timed and costumes are encouraged.

The Monster Ball Pasta Party from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., precedes the running events. Non-runners are welcome in or out of costume, and tickets are available on the event's website (ashlandmonsterdash.com) or at the door for $2.

The event is sponsored by Ashland Kiwanis, Ashland Schools Foundation, and Yogurt Hut. Profits support grants in Ashland public schools.

For information or to register see www.ashlandmonsterdash.com, call 541-482-8197, or pick up a flyer at any Yogurt Hut, Ashland school or downtown sponsor.