Zombie Run returning to raise funds for youth recreation

Fun, physical, and ghoulishly entertaining all at the same time, this year’s Zombie Run, sponsored by Best Body Fitness

Fun, physical, and ghoulishly entertaining all at the same time, this year’s Zombie Run, sponsored by Best Body Fitness, promises to “an absolute blast,” according to event director Scott McDermott.

The Oct. 18 event will see runners take to a three-kilometre obstacle course, where they’ll face not only a variety of challenging obstructions, but also a swarm of ‘zombies’ trying to hinder their progress.

The event is now in its third year, and is held annually as a fundraiser for local high school sports teams. This year’s proceeds will go to five different groups — a local ringette team and a Scouting group among them.

“We always have teachers that are always going to volleyball tournaments and basketball tournaments and the kids all have to pay for it now,” said McDermott. “It’s not like the old days.”

More than $5,000 has been raised since the event began, and McDermott is hoping for a solid turnout again this year to help increase that number even further.

In doing so, he’s trying to garner as many participants and volunteers as possible for the event, which he says is more fun than challenging.

“The obstacles are more fun than hard, and if you don’t want to do one, you just go around it,” he said.

Obstacles, he added, could require participants to do something as simple as jumping over hay bales, or to take part in more challenging tasks such as crossing a wobbly bridge over water.

An after party at Chef’s could feature further fundraising entertainment, although details of that had yet to be confirmed by press time.

The run will take place on Oct. 18 at Top O’ The Hill Golf Course beginning at noon.

Information on registering for the event as either a ‘zombie,’ a runner or a volunteer is available online at www.sylvanzombierun.com. More information is also available by contacting McDermott at info@bestbodyfitness.com.