2013-10-18 / Front Page

Return of the running dead: Fort Gordon to host Zombie 5K

By Nick Spinelli
Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office


Staff Sgt. Barry Betts, 369th Signal Battalion, runs for his life from a zombie during the 2012 Zombie Run. 
Photo by Nick Spinelli / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Staff Sgt. Barry Betts, 369th Signal Battalion, runs for his life from a zombie during the 2012 Zombie Run. Photo by Nick Spinelli / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Fort Gordon’s second annual Zombie 5K will take place Saturday. Once again, the event is being sponsored by Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers; but this year, there is a new location, a new course, and new challenges.

“This year, the event will be held in a more wooded area,” said Sr. Airman KatyAnn Coulter, BOSS representative. “The goal is to make it more challenging. We’ll have at least two large obstacles on the course, but really, the course is an obstacle with rough terrain and a lot of ups and downs throughout.”

Like last year, all contestants will begin with three flags. As they race along the trail, they will be attacked by zombies, who will try to capture the runner’s flags. Lose all three, and a runner is “dead.” They can still finish the run, but only those who cross the finish line “alive” with at least one flag remaining will have their time recorded.

“All runners will receive a T-shirt and a souvenir cup,” Coulter said. “If they survive, they will also get a medal.”

According to Coulter, more than 100 people have already signed up for the run, and excitement is continuing to grow.

“Last year, this was a really popular event and it raised a lot of funds for the single service members on post, so why not do it again?” she said.

Check-in for the event is 7 a.m. and the first wave of runners will take off at 9 a.m. For more information on the event, including how to register, visit www.fortgordon.com/boss/ or call 791-2556.

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