FORT SILL, Oklahoma (Oct. 21, 2019) -- Fort Sill Halloween festivities began with the inaugural 5K Monster Dash, Oct. 19, at the Youth Center.

The competitive run was co-sponsored by Fort Sill Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation and the 434th Field Artillery Brigade. Capt. Weston Cowden, 434th FA special projects officer, coordinated the event.

"It was a fun way to get together and ring in the fall festivities in costume," said Cowden, who ran as Vanilla Ice. "There were probably 200 people who registered for the race."

The route began at the Youth Center parking lot and took runners, walkers, strollers, and dogs down Fort Sill Boulevard and around the golf course. Many of them were dressed in Halloween costumes.
The 50-degree temperature, the sunrise and the route made for an enjoyable run, Cowden said.

The top finishers in each age category were awarded medals presented by Col. Michael Konczey, 434th FA Brigade commander, who also ran the race.

The overall top male finisher was Carson Burd, age 14, with a time of 18 minutes, 58 seconds. He's an eighth grader at MacArthur Middle School. The overall top female finisher was Alexis Sprakties, who finished in 21:28. 1st Sgt. Alexis Sprakties is the conductor of the 77th Army Band.

For complete race results, visit

Jenn Troxell, Fort Sill USO Center Operations and Programs manager, worked a table at the dash.

"We came out to support and we brought some snacks and water to help everyone rejuvenate after their race," she said.

Cowden said the inaugural run will continue next year. "Now that we've gained some momentum, and the word has gotten out people will want to come back to it."

Editor's note: The Fall Fest and Zombie Run is Oct. 26 at noon; the fun run begins at dusk. The noncompetitive 5K Run for the Fallen is Nov. 23, with the run beginning at 9:30 Butner Field. Visit for more information.