Wanted: Zombies hungry to chase runners

Boys & Girls Club staff members Kate Kennedy, the sustainable development coordinator, and Callen Cudmore, the program administrator, show off one of the signs made for their upcoming zombie run fundraiser happening Oct. 25 in Charlottetown. Melissa Heald photo.
Boys & Girls Club staff members Kate Kennedy, the sustainable development coordinator, and Callen Cudmore, the program administrator, show off one of the signs made for their upcoming zombie run fundraiser happening Oct. 25 in Charlottetown. Melissa Heald photo.
By Melissa Heald
Oct. 9, 2014

With popular shows like The Walking Dead, it’s clear. Zombies are in.
But Kate Kennedy isn’t exactly a fan of zombies herself.
“I don’t watch The Walking Dead, but I know those shows are huge,” said the sustainable development coordinator for the Boys & Girls Club in Charlottetown.
So when the club was looking for an idea for a fall fundraiser, they decided on a zombie run.
Influenced by another Boys & Girls Club’s zombie run and other similar events held in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, Kennedy and the rest of staff knew they had found a unique way to raise money for the club.
“It just sort of fit,” said Kennedy. “It’s fun, festive. It’s Halloween. It’s got a bit of the scare factor in it.”
Plus, it’s never been done on the Island, she said.
The run happens on Oct. 25 starting at 1 p.m. Participants can register as a runner or a zombie.
The three kilometre fun run takes place on the Confederation Trail beginning at the Cineplex parking lot and ending at Longworth Avenue right by the Pizza Delight.
Runners wear a flag football belt with three flags on it, what Kennedy referred to as “energy.”
Throughout the run, there will be zombie zones clearly marked with signs warning runners they are entering a zombie area. As runners run through, the zombies try to grab the flags.
But Kennedy wants to make it clear if a runner loses all their flags – unlike in the movies – they don’t turn into a zombie, they just keep running. Runners also have the option to buy back flags along the course at two energy stations.
If a runner crosses the finish line with three flags, they are entered to win prizes at the end, said Kennedy.
Getting the word out about the run hasn’t been difficult because it’s new, different and exciting, said Kennedy.
The difficulty comes with people either deciding to be a runner or a zombie, said Kennedy, adding people are more interested in being runners.
“People are excited to run and scream and be scared.”
They are limiting the number of zombies because they want more runners than zombies, but they are still looking for zombies, said Kennedy.
Zombies can also win prizes for the best-dressed zombie and the zombie who captures the most flags, said Kennedy.
She hopes for a good turn out and a fun day so everyone has a good time with zombies that are good and scary, said Kennedy.
“Everyone is looking forward to it. The staff is all onboard to help out and get ready.”
Cut off date to register is Oct. 17 and participants have to register at the Boys & Girls Club in Charlottetown.

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