Zombie Run 2014!

Ghoulish Fun Returns:  Project: LEARN’s Third Annual 5K Run for Your Life Zombie Run on October 18th…

Let’s Get Ready to…Stumble!



Project: LEARN’s Zombie Run 2014 Was Spooky Fun, Even on a Rainy Day

October 18, 2014:  For Immediate Release

Project: LEARN of Medina County thanks the 160 runners and 31 zombies for participating in today’s 3rd Annual Run for Your Life Zombie Run at Buckeye Woods Park.  This year’s race, which began at the spooky time of 4pm, had runners again traversing a 5K course through the park while avoiding wandering bands of zombies.  The zombies attempt to steal the runners’ life flags (caution tape attached to the backs of the runners) at various points on the course.  Runners were trying to get to the finish line with at least one “life” intact…but few survived the zombie apocalypse.

Executive Director Karla Robinson noted, “Project: LEARN is so thankful for the runners, zombies, and many volunteers who came out on such a rainy day to participate in the race.  Several runners mentioned that they had their best times ever for a 5K today—being chased by zombies has a way of increasing your speed!”  Zombie costumes were very creative this year, including zombie football players, zombie teenagers, zombie ballet dancers and zombie waitresses.

Awards were given in three categories:  Overall Finishers who Survived the Zombie Apocalypse, Top Women Finishers (Alive or Undead) and Top Men Finishers (Alive or Undead).  Winners were as follows:

Overall Finishers who Survived the Zombie Apocalypse (with at least one life flag)

  1. Savannah Kole              21:29
  2. Ryan Sheppard             23:55
  3. Eric Hayden                  25:30

Top Women Finishers (Alive or Undead)

  1. Reagan Kole                 22:28
  2. Alysia Rogers               22:40
  3. Shelly Baltic                  23:23

Top Men Finishers (Alive or Undead)

  1. Harvey Lindner              19:54
  2. Steve Marshall              20:28
  3. Timothy Foster              22:42


Zombie makeup help was provided courtesy of Project: LEARN volunteers.   Volunteers also served as “Corpse Marshals,” making sure no runners lost their way on the spooky course through the woods.  After the finish, runners and zombies alike enjoyed free healthy snacks of bananas, apples, granola bars, and water.  Chiropractic Spine Center even provided free chair massages after the race to both runners and the tired zombies who were worn out from all that stumbling.

Project: LEARN is extremely grateful for the support of our sponsors for today’s race: The Post Newspapers,  C:Dox Marketing & ApparelCool Beans CafeA Cupcake A DayThe Raspberry and the RoseDunn-Right Custom Carpet CleaningOak Ridge Farm and FloralMapleside FarmsChiropractic Spine Center, The Ward Family and The Koch Family.  Project: LEARN sends a special thank you to the Kohl’s Medina associates who donated their time to our event today through the Kohl’s Cares Foundation program.

All proceeds from today’s run benefit Project: LEARN’s adult and family literacy and tutoring programs in Medina County.  Project: LEARN helps adult students to change their lives by providing free tutoring in reading, math, GED test preparation and English as a second language.

Complete race results will be available on the Project: LEARN website by Monday afternoon, October 20th, at www.projectlearnmedina.org/zombie-run-2014.  Here they are! Zombie Run 2014 Finish Times

Contact:  Karla Robinson, Executive Director, Project: LEARN
105 West Liberty Street
Medina, OH  44256

330-723-1314 or projectlearn.medina@gmail.com