El Paso County is trying to make a point with its second annual Zombie Run, and it isn't just that zombie costumes are a damn fun way to scare the kids.
The county wants citizens to use their still-working brains to put together emergency kits and plans before the Springs' next mini-apocalypse. (Think Waldo, Black Forest, the floods.)
Anyway, we at the Indy
would like to formally encourage you to make those plans and kits. They're a really good idea. (Take it from this Manitoid.) We'd also like to encourage you to dress up like a zombie, because zombies are cool.
Check out the run here:
El Paso County to Hold Second Annual Zombie Run on Saturday
Public Welcome to Watch the Zombie Run and Visit Emergency Preparedness Vendors
El Paso County, CO., Sept. 25, 2014 – El Paso County Parks is hosting the second annual “Be Prepared…Don’t Be A Zombie” Zombie Run on Saturday at Fox Run Regional Park. The event helps showcase the need for all residents to develop their own family and workplace emergency preparedness plans.
A false cancellation message went out on Facebook today for those who ‘liked’ last year’s event listing. Last year’s even listing was deleted because the date from last year was resulting in confusion. Participants, runners and zombies, who signed up for this Saturday’s Zombie Run have been notified by email that the event is still on as scheduled, starting at 10 a.m. this Saturday, September 27.
The Zombie Run is a traditional 5K with minor obstacles (and zombies) and a 3K shortcut for those that want a shorter run. The runners will wear “life flags,” similar to flag football. The fully costumed and made up zombies try to steal the flags from the runners as they move along the trail. Runners who lose flags get a chance to answer emergency preparedness questions to get life flags back. For those who like a little more fun, they can also modify their traditional running apparel to dress as zombies.
“Being prepared for any emergency is important for your family,” said Commissioner Peggy Littleton. “It only takes a little effort to make a plan and to be ready. Even if people don’t want to participate in the run or be a zombie, they are welcome to come out and visit the emergency preparedness vendors and displays that will be set up in the park. This is a great opportunity to purchase items for a 72-hour emergency kit.”
Registration: has closed for this event.
Time: The first of multiple heats begins at 10 a.m.
Location: Fox Run Regional Park is at 2110 Stella Drive, Colorado Springs.