by Sarah Einselen Pharos-Tribune
---- — Just like the walking dead, the zombie run is coming back.
Members of the most recent graduating class of the Loganland Leadership Academy have rescheduled the 5K run with zombie-themed obstacles for Oct. 26. The course has been moved to the trails at France Park.
The run originally had been planned for midsummer at Huston Park. However, work on scenic facilities at Huston made France Park a more feasible location, according to Brya Danely, one of the run’s organizers.
“We’re able to do more obstacles at France Park,” added Danely.
Danely was tight-lipped about what the obstacles were, but did say they’d include several muddy climbing hills, a tire obstacle, some crawling, and a segment that she called a “bloodbath.”
When runners slide down the opposite side of one of the climbing hills, “it’s going to be full of — it’s just going to look like blood,” Danely said. “They’re going to have it all over them.”
What the “blood” will actually be is still to be determined, she said, but it may include red gelatin.
Organizers are also weighing the challenge of barbed wire in a crawling obstacle with concerns over participants’ safety.
“That’s still a maybe because we don’t want anybody cutting themselves,” Danely said.
The run is slated to start at 10 a.m. Oct. 26, with registration and check-in starting at 8 a.m. Make-up for anyone participating as zombies will start at the same time as registration.
Danely advised that participants should be at least 16 years old because of the nature of the obstacles.
Advance registration for runners is $25, $20 for zombies. Registration the day of for both zombies and runners will be $30.
Proceeds will be headed toward establishing a scholarship fund for high school seniors in any of the four county schools — Logansport, Lewis Cass, Pioneer and Caston.
“It’s something we know the high schoolers need,” Danely said of the fund. “Not everybody does get a scholarship, so any way we can help our community, especially to help them go to school — that’s what we wanted to do.”
Pioneer Regional Schools Superintendent Dave Bess said he applauded the group’s effort to fill in the gaps.
“I would support that,” he said. “It might encourage some students that are on the fence.”
“I’m not into the zombie thing,” he added, “but I know from watching movie trailers that that zombie thing is kind of a current, popular trend.”
Specific eligibility guidelines for the planned scholarship fund are yet to be determined. Organizers don’t even have an official goal set for the amount they want to raise through the zombie run registrations and sponsorships.
“I think at first we said it would be great if we had $10,000,” said Danely, but the group is waiting until funds raised are tallied up after the race to set up the fund’s specifics.
“However well we do this year will let us know if we can do this every year,” she said. Members of the Loganland Leadership Academy, a joint program between Cass County Purdue Exension and Logansport-Cass County Chamber of Commerce, may tweak each year’s fundraiser, but if continued, it would still support the scholarship fund.
More information about the Cass County 5K Zombie Run is available by calling Danely at 574-702-1999, Jacob Fisher at 765-409-4565, or Brooke Stotler at 574-601-6814.
Sarah Einselen is news editor at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 574-732-5151. Twitter: @PharosSME
If you go: WHAT: Cass County 5K Zombie Run WHEN: 10 a.m. Oct. 26 (registration starts 8 a.m.) WHERE: France Park, 4505 U.S. 24 COST: $25 for runners and $20 for zombies in advance; $30 for both the day of registration INFO: Visit the run's Facebook page or register online at cass5kzombierun.eventzilla.net. More information is also available by calling Brya Danely at 574-702-1999, Jacob Fisher at 765-409-4565, or Brooke Stotler at 574-601-6814.