Claremore Daily Progress


May 30, 2014

NTC Zombie 5K run raises $2,500 for RSU Conservation Education Reserve


The Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST) Program at Northeast Technology Center (NTC) in Claremore raised a total of $2,500 for the Rogers State University Conservation Education Reserve. Funds were collected in April through the program’s annual Zombie 5K Race.
As a first year NTC student, Annie Yang heard about the race held last year, and immediately took charge, working with her fellow EAST students to complete the task of organizing the event for this year. The course took place inside the RSU nature reserve and “zombies” chased participants trying to finish the race with all of their flags (lives). If a runner lost a life they were able to regain it by completing one of three obstacles placed throughout the course.
“The mad pit was the crowd’s favorite obstacle this year,” said EAST assistant Justin Gibson. “People were diving into the mud and having a blast.”
Through a partnership with the EAST program, the Interact Club of Rogers County held a Presidential Fitness Challenge for participants. The Interact Club is an international service organization that combines business owners, educators and everyday people to provide humanitarian services and help build goodwill and peace in the world and community.
“The Interact Club was a big help toward the outcome of the event. We could not have pulled it off without them,” said EAST student Ty Ussery.
More than 100 participated in the event and the money raised was used to rebuild the trails of the RSU reserve, while also raising awareness about the trails availability to the public.
“I had an amazing time organizing the Zombie 5K. It was a stressful process, but it was definitely worth it,” Yang said. 
She and her classmates are already planning for next year, she said.
The EAST initiative focuses on student-driven service projects through the use of the latest in technology. EAST classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art workstations, servers, software and accessories. Students find problems in their local communities and then use the technology to solve them.
For more information on Northeast Technology Center’s EAST Program, visit or call (918) 342-8066.

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