More than 400 runners came out to participate in Better Opportunities for Single Soldier’s second annual Zombie 5K Run on Thursday. In the early morning light on an unseasonably warm Halloween morning, runners maneuvered through a series of obstacles set up in the woods and field behind Magrath Gym.
The rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the runners, many of whom dressed in costumes for the event. Throughout the course, zombies attempted to grab the runner’s red flags, symbolizing lives.
The goal for runners was to make it through the course with at least one flag remaining and “live” to tell their tale.
BOSS program adviser Michelle Roden said that several Fort Drum organizations contributed to the success of the event. From Public Works utilities staff who set up lighting and special effects, to representatives from the Directorate of Emergency Services, to volunteers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, many individuals stepped up to make the event memorable.
“The weather held out until the last wave of runners. We had more zombies and more effects (than last year), and everyone had a good time,” Roden said.
The Zombie 5K Run has quickly become a popular favorite event, and Roden said the staff looks forward to continuing this tradition for years to come.