The Norman Transcript

October 11, 2013

Norman 5Ks bring spooky fun

by Hannah Cruz
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Monsters and zombies will rule the city streets this October during two Halloween-themed races and fun runs.

Terrified humans will escape the grips of the walking dead during the 4th annual Zombie 5K 9 a.m. Oct. 19 on the University of Oklahoma campus.

The event, hosted by OU Union Programming Board, invites participants to run the course as their choice of “humans” or “zombies.” Humans wear football flags as they run the full course. Zombies sit in waiting for runners to jog by to capture their flags.

“The person with the fastest time and the most football flags gets a skull trophy that we call ‘Most Likely to Survive,’ and the zombie with the most flags gets the ‘Deadliest Zombie’ trophy,” said Stephanie Anderson, Zombie 5K director.

Of course, costumes are encouraged for both zombies and humans, Anderson said. UPB staff will provide zombie makeup before the race to those who aren’t brave enough to try it on their own. A costume contest will also be held.

“We had someone last year enter in the contest as a human and she had a couple scratches and she was in cargo shorts and survival gear,” Anderson said. “It was pretty cool.”

The event benefits Bridges Norman, a nonprofit that assists homeless high school students with housing, assistance and scholarships. Anderson said 250 participants raised $1,600 last year.

This year Anderson said she is expecting between 250-500 participants. The event is open to all ages, and no OU affiliation is necessary.

Registration for the Zombie 5K is $25 through Oct. 17. Race day registration is $30. Discounted prices are available for students and teams. Runners will receive the official Zombie 5K racer shirt. The course is certified and sanctioned by USATF. Visit ou.edu/upb to register and for more information.

The Junior League of Norman are offering a healthy, alternative for celebrating Halloween with the 7th annual Monster Dash 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk 2 p.m. Oct. 27 at Reaves Park, 2501 Jenkins Ave.

The race raises funds for Junior League projects, including Baby Steps, a program to help teen parents complete high school; Done in a Day, a program to provide assistance to other non-profit agencies with short-term volunteer needs; and Food for Kids, a program to provide students at risk of going hungry with backpacks full of food every weekend.

Lara Streight, Monster Dash chair, said children and adults are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes during the races.

The fun community event includes children and adult costume contests, arts activities, face-painting and games, Streight said.

The cost to pre-register for the Monster Dash 5K and 1 mile run/walk is $25. Price includes a T-shirt for the first 250 registrants. Registration beginning Oct. 20 is $35. Registration for children age 12 and under is $5 regardless of the race. There will be no charge for one adult accompanying children for the 1 Mile Run/Walk.

For more information visit juniorleagueofnorman.org.