by jamesc 5/2/2014 12:40:49 PM --
NORFOLK – Zombies usually get a bum rap. They are not the easiest of people to get along with, they have poor hygiene and they often wear the same haggard-looking clothes. But give credit where credit is due. Some zombies can be terrific fundraisers. Although they spent a recent Saturday morning on the campus of Northeast Community College in Norfolk chasing mortals while occasionally drooling, they were able to assist in an endeavor to raise scholarship funds for Northeast students.
64 people and one dog ran in the Zombie 5k Fun-Run/Walk, sponsored by the Northeast Student Government Association (SGA). 15 of the runners were zombies. Josi Bradfield of Beemer, a member of SGA and one of the organizers of the event, said they started planning the run/walk at the beginning of the year.
The course was laid out over much of the campus. Runners said although it was challenging at times, they had a good time. The race began at Paradise Courtyard, near the Cox Activity Center, and finished in the same location about an hour later. Two flags were attached to each non-zombie runner which represented the runners’ lives. The zombies’ goal was to capture as many lives as they could. The humans were given a 90 second head start.
Bradfield said prizes were awarded to the first male and female runner who crossed the finish line, and the zombie with the most captured flags or lives. Every runner received a black or red band. Black was given to the zombies and the runners who lost both their lives. Red was given to the runners who crossed the finish line with one or both of their lives.
Todd Henggeler of Columbus, first place male runner, said, “It was a very crazy but fun course, lots of twists and turns. It was perfect weather for a run.” Misty Appeldorn of Norfolk, first place female winner, gave up her flags. “I didn’t try to get away from them, I just ran. She was like half my age, she got close so I gave her my flags,” she said with a laugh.
Zombie winner Nick Korth of Norfolk, collected 20 flags and said most of the runners gave him a challenge. He said he had to use more energy at the beginning and in the middle of the course. “They ran off to the side or held their flag and some ran off course a bit just so I wouldn’t get them.”
SGA raised over $1,600 from the event.
A zombie checks his watch at the start of a recent Zombie 5k Fun-Run/Walk at Northeast Community College in Norfolk. The event, sponsored by the Northeast Student Government Association, raised $1,600 for student scholarships.