Claremore Daily Progress

April 15, 2014

‘Run for your lives’

NTC Environmental, Spatial Technology program to host 2nd annual Zombie 5K Race

Mark Friedel
Staff Writer

CLAREMORE —

The Environmental and Spatial Technology (East) program at Northeast Technology Center in Claremore wil host their second annual Zombie 5K Race Saturday at the Rogers State University Nature Reserve. The race will consist of a health fair, live music, food vendors, fitness challenges and optional obstacle courses.
Festivities will be held from 2-10 p.m., and the race will begin at 6 p.m. Proceeds from the event will be used to rebuild the trails of the RSU Nature Reserve. 
An outbreak of zombies will chase runners attempting to finish the race with all of their lives (flags). If a runner loses a life, they have the opportunity to regain it by completing one of three obstacles set up throughout the course.
EAST student Annie Yang established the idea for the 5K at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year, and has been working with fellow EAST students to complete the task.
“Zombie chasers will chase down the survivors to get as many flags as they can, while the zombie lurkers hide in places throughout the course,” said Yang. “Anyone can sign up to be these three characters.”
The Interact Club of Rogers County has also partnered with NTC EAST for the event. 
The club is an international service organization that combines business owners, educators and everyday people to provide humanitarian services to help build goodwill and peace throughout the community and world.
At 2 p.m. Saturday, the Interact Club will host a Presidential Fitness Challenge for the public to test their fitness abilities through situps, pullups and a one-mile run.
“People should come out and live for the night,” Yang said. “There will be something for every zombie fan to enjoy, including apocalypse training, undead music, brain-craving food and treacherous obstacles.”
Runners, who are interested in participating in the Zombie 5K, can register online at ntceast.org. To participate as a survivor runner or zombie chaser, the fee is $25 and $20 for lurkers. 
The first 100 people to register will receive a free Zombie 5K race T-shirt.