Get a jump on Halloween by taking part in the Save Our Youth Foundation Monster Dash 5K Walk/Run fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 22, at Camana Bay. All participants are encouraged to wear costumes for the family friendly event; the race is open to all, with strollers and kids welcome.

The race will follow a loop through Camana Bay and the Cayman International School, starting and ending between Cayman National Bank and the main Dart office at 89 Nexus Way.

There will be prizes for best overall costume, best family costume, first adult runner and first student runner. Water and snacks will be provided at the end of the race, with a water stop at the turnaround.

Registration on the day begins at 6:15 a.m. with both walkers and runners starting at 7 a.m., but taking off in opposite directions.

All proceeds from the event will help fund SOY programs, including school SOY clubs, which offer forums for students to discuss issues affecting them and suggest possible solutions to school administrators. SOY also brings in various mentors to motivate and inspire the young people. They are also asked to perform community service, and have helped organize and run the Monster Dash.

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman has been involved with the Monster Dash from the outset. “We are delighted to be participating and building on the success of their annual fundraiser,” said Janette Goodman, the hotel’s director of Human Resources.

The nonprofit Save Our Youth Foundation was founded in 2005 to empower Cayman’s youth by helping them to be positive leaders, entrepreneurs, and law-abiding citizens who value themselves. Its programs and initiatives include the annual Football Extravaganza/Family Fun Day, SOY Achievement Medallion Awards, SOY Club, SOY Community Service Awards, SOY Student of the Month Awards and SOY Second Chance Programme.

To register online, go to Entry fee is $20 for adults and $15 for students (ages 10-18); children under 10, free. Registration on the day of the event is $25 for adults. For more information, email [email protected]