Zom­bie In­va­sion 5K to raise funds for Spe­cial Olympics

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The Zom­bie In­va­sion 5K is a fun, fam­ily-friendly event in which par­tic­i­pants “tran­si­tion” into zom­bies be­fore ei­ther run­ning or walk­ing the 3.1-mile trail. The event is not to be con­fused with a zom­bie chase, in which par­tic­i­pants run from zom­bies. Last year, hun­dreds of zom­bie adults and chil­dren raised more than $15,000 for Spe­cial Olympics Maryland by par­tic­i­pat­ing in the event.

Zom­bies can pre-reg­is­ter for the 5K in­di­vid­u­ally or in teams by vis­it­ing www.zom­biein­va­sion5K.com. The cost to reg­is­ter for adults older than 18 years old is $25 for a cot­ton T-shirt or $30 for a per­for­mance fab­ric T-shirt. The cost for chil­dren be­tween 11 and 17 years old is $20 for a cot­ton T-shirt or $25 for a per­for­mance T-shirt. There is no reg­is­tra­tion fee for chil­dren 10 years old or younger.

Zom­bies may also choose to reg­is­ter the day of the event, but only a lim­ited sup­ply of T-shirts will be avail­able. Race-day reg­is­tra­tion and check-in will be open be­tween 8 and 10 a.m. Dur­ing this pe­riod, vol­un­teer makeup artists from the Port To­bacco Theater and lo­cal high school drama clubs will help par­tic­i­pants tran­si­tion into zom­bies by ap­ply­ing zom­bie makeup. Zom­bies who need help tran­si­tion­ing are en­cour­aged to ar­rive early, or par­tic­i­pants may also “zom­bie-fy” them­selves. The 5K be­gins at 10 a.m. on Sun­day, Oct. 23, at Lau­rel Springs Re­gional Park, 5940 Ra­dio Sta­tion Road, La Plata.

The zom­bie par­tic­i­pants can choose to run the 5K as a race or to take a more leisurely, fam­ily-friendly, zom­bie-like pace. Strollers are wel­come. The start times will be stag­gered to al­low faster zom­bies to lead the way. The race por­tion for run­ners will be con­ducted us­ing chipped tim­ing. The run­ners may ob­tain their reg­is­tra­tion pack­ets from the FOP Lodge No. 24 lo­cated at 10285 Rosewick Road in La Plata on Oct. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. or Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A light lunch will be served when the zom­bies fin­ish the 5K. Ad­di­tion­ally, the CCSO, FOP and CCCOA will present awards for the 5K race to the top zom­bie fin­isher in each age cat­e­gory, the over­all top fe­male zom­bie fin­isher, the over­all top male zom­bie fin­isher and the top fundrais­ing zom­bie team. They will also hold a zom­bie beauty con­test.

The in­fected area — the 5K route — can be viewed on the event web­site (zom­biein­va­sion5k.com). The right west­bound lane of Rosewick Road will be closed to traf­fic dur­ing the race to pro­tect the run­ners and walk­ers. It is not ex­pected to sig­nif­i­cantly im­pact traf­fic. Zom­bie po­lice of­fi­cers will pro­vide traf­fic di­rec­tion.

Any­one with ques­tions about the event may con­tact Sgt. Proc­tor at 240-299-5207 or proc­tora@ccso.us. Those who would like to make a mon­e­tary do­na­tion in lieu of par­tic­i­pat­ing in the 5K may mail it to Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice/At­ten­tion Sgt. Proc­tor/PO Box 189/La Plata MD 20646; checks should be made payable to Spe­cial Olympics Maryland. Lo­cal busi­nesses in­ter­ested in do­nat­ing services may also con­tact Sgt. Proc­tor.

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