by Maggie Kalar
It is that time of year when ghosts, goblins, ghouls, vampires, and yes, even zombies begin showing up everywhere you look. The spooky Halloween decorations and candy have been popping up in stores since the end of summer. With Halloween just around the corner, many people are wondering what sort of safe and creepy fun can be found for the whole family to enjoy.
Visalia Parks and Recreation Department may have the answer you have been looking for! The Department is gearing up for their Second Annual Zombie Fun Run on Saturday, October 28, at the Valley Oaks Golf Course. Check-in and day of registration is from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. with the event kicking off at 6:30 p.m. Just in time for the sun to go down and the creepiness factor to increase!
What is a Zombie Fun Run? Well, it is just what it sounds like. Participants will run or walk a creepy course and trail set up at the Valley Oaks Golf Course in Visalia as they attempt to maneuver past zombie filled locations throughout the course.
Each human will face their fears as they run from the undead through the creepy course. Zombies are the obstacles, and they are ready and ravenous for those that don’t make it through or get left behind. Humans wear two flags on a belt and must protect these flags at all times from the Zombies. These flags are the human “life.” Zombies are staged throughout the course, ready to chase and steal flags. If a Zombie grabs a flag, the human now joins the rank of the undead, however, the newly undead can still finish the course. If the human is able to make it through the maze of Zombies, they live! This will continue through the twists and turns of the creepy course until the very end where a massive apocalyptic meeting of undead awaits you!
All humans who register will receive either an “infected” or “survivor” finisher medal and entry to the post-party event. The post-party event will include live music, plenty of yummy food and delicious drinks, as well as lots of Halloween fun!
Registration for the Second Annual Zombie Fun Run is open, so be sure to sign-up now! This event is open to individuals ten years old and older. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Registration is $45 per person and includes finisher medal and entrance to the post-race party. Register online at www.liveandplayvisalia.com or in person at the Anthony Community Center located at 345 N. Jacob Street in Visalia. Registration is open to all humans regardless of where they reside. Individuals can also register the day of the event between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. For more information, please call the Visalia Parks & Recreation Department at (559) 713-4365 or email recreation@visalia[dot]city.
Be sure to make your plans now to attend the Second Annual Zombie Fun Run in Visalia on Saturday, October 28. Grab your friends and family and plan your strategy to remain alive and uninfected!