Student group sponsoring ‘Zombie Chase Race’ on Oct. 4

Runners will have a chance to outrun zombies during a 5-kilometer race that is being sponsored Saturday, Oct. 4, by the Student Physical Therapy Association at Western Carolina University.

The Zombie Run 5-K Chase Race will begin at 4 p.m. near the WCU picnic area. Runners will be given flags that zombies along the course will try to steal. Runners who complete the 5-K with at least one remaining flag will be considered “zombie apocalypse survivors,” said Chris Garcia, a student in WCU’s doctoral program in physical therapy who is helping organize the race.

Proceeds from the race will be used to provide physical therapy services to the community and to support physical therapy research. Prizes will be awarded to overall winners.

Race registration is available on active.com. The fee is $20 through Friday, Oct. 3. On race day, the fee will be $25 as registration is held from 2 until 3:30 p.m. at the race site. Runners who register by Monday, Sept. 15, will be guaranteed a race T-shirt.

Following the race, a “Zombie After Party” with live music and chicken wings and pizza will be held at Tuck’s Tap and Grille in Cullowhee from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for race participants and $10 for non-racers, with proceeds from the ticket sales also being used for physical therapy services and research, Garcia said.

For more information, contact Garcia at 828-803-0552.