2013-11-01 / Front Page

BOSS’ second annual Zombie Run brings life to walking dead

By Sgt. 1st Class Kelly Jo Bridgwater
Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office


Second Lt. Jonathan Lochman, B Company 442nd Signal Battalion, is in “zombie” mode Saturday morning, going after one of the runners in the Zombie 5K Run. 
Photo by Bill Bengtson / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Second Lt. Jonathan Lochman, B Company 442nd Signal Battalion, is in “zombie” mode Saturday morning, going after one of the runners in the Zombie 5K Run. Photo by Bill Bengtson / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office The second annual Zombie Run, a 5K walk / run event sponsored by Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers took place at Fort Gordon Saturday morning with approximately 150 people showing up to put their fitness to the test by running or walking the monsterstrewn course set up in the woods located behind the Courtyard.

The first heat of runners, and walkers, kicked off at 9 a.m. with additional heats following in 15-to- 30 minute increments. Volunteers who were dressed as zombies surprised participants at various ambush points located along the trail. The final zombie challenge lay in the ‘tunnel of death’, a plastic-covered black tube set up near the end of the trail. As runners sprinted through the tunnel they had to sidestep zombies as they headed toward the finish line.

“It’s exciting” said 2nd Lt. Joshua Foley, a Basic Officer Leader Course student assigned to the 442nd Signal Battalion, 15th Regimental Signal Brigade and one of several BLOC students who volunteered to spend their Saturday morning taking part in the Zombie Run. “I’ve never had the opportunity to dress up like a zombie. It’s been pretty fun scaring people.”

The event sponsored by Fort Gordon’s BOSS program included food and beverage tents and the playing of non-stop motivational music featuring songs with a shared theme, that of running or walking.

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