Thanks to the over 150 runners and 30 zombies who came out for Project: LEARN’s 2nd Annual Run for Your Life Zombie Run 5K race October 27th at Buckeye Woods Park in Medina. Fabulously sunny, cool weather and zombies eager for the chase made the day a huge success. Runners attached three “life flags” to their clothing, while zombies went after those flags to “infect” the runners. Zombies were stationed in various zones around Buckeye Woods Park, lurking in the trees and on the trails, just hoping to grab those life flags and infect more zombies to carry on the zombie apocalypse.
Project: LEARN is especially grateful to our major sponsors for this year’s race: 3M, Medina Rotary Club, The Post Newspapers, Sportsworld, Second Sole, Oak Ridge Farm & Floral, Buehler’s Fine Foods, Mapleside Farms, and Cool Beans Cafe. Also, we’re very grateful to Kohl’s employees from Medina who served as volunteers for the day as part of the Kohl’s Cares program.
The Zombie Costume contest was won by Roxana Rathbun and James Rathbun, whose ghoulish costumes included inventive stage makeup techniques that made them truly look like the undead. The Most Infectious Zombies-the zombies who captured the most life flags from the runners-were Ethan Briggs (100 flags!) and Joshua Zackery (46 flags).
The top three male finishers who still had a life flag attached were as follows:
1<sup>st</sup> Place: John James III, with a time of 18:52
2<sup>nd</sup> Place: Ryan Oleksiak, with a time of 19:14
3<sup>rd</sup> Place: Rodney Hower, with a time of 23:30
The top three female finishers were:
1<sup>st</sup> Place:Kalin Weber, with a time of 22:14
2<sup>nd</sup> Place: Savannah Kole, with a time of 22:49
3<sup>rd</sup> Place:Theresa Wright, with a time of 23:04
The top three male and female finishers received medals. All who crossed the finish line, whether dead or undead, received certificates of participation and our thanks for their support of adult literacy tutoring in Medina County.
We had wonderful volunteers from the Board of Project: LEARN, Kohl’s, Brunswick High School, Walsh Jesuit High School, Medina High School, and our own BookShelf volunteers and tutors who were a tremendous help in putting on this run. Thanks to all, hope to see you again next year!