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October 21, 2013

Undead to overrun France Park for students

It's almost time to double-tap.

Organizers of the first Cass County 5K Zombie Run have been busy this past weekend setting up obstacles at the 3.1-mile course laid out at France Park for this weekend's event, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.

They're planning for at least 100 runners and zombies to participate. About 20 had signed up as of Friday, according to Jacob Fisher, one of the participants in the Loganland Leadership Academy's zombie run committee.

"Runs like that don't really have high preregistration sales," said Fisher. But about 60 have indicated on the run's Facebook event page that they're participating, and Fisher has been fielding several calls regarding sign-ups and details on the run.

Fisher is anticipating a few groups of runners to register together, he said, "So they can go try to survive the apocalypse course together."

The course begins at the beach at France Park and travels up a hill, around the quarry and back to the beach in a loop. The course includes several hills and at least one downhill slope will be turned into a slide, Fisher said.

At the park, "There's plenty of natural obstacles that would of course be tough," he added, but the zombie run committee planned to set up hay bales, string spanning the gaps between trees and old car tires to make the course more difficult.

The concept of a zombie run was new to France Park Superintendent Lucas Beach, but he said the idea was appealing.

"I actually was kind of speechless when they told me it was a possibility," Beach said. "I've never heard of such a thing."

However, he conducted some research, and found out that zombie runs have what he termed "a huge following nationwide."

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