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The Roanoke Times (Virginia)
October 9, 2013 Wednesday
Metro Edition
Virginia; Pg. A12
144 words
The running dead: Zombie race fundraiser is declared a success
Jordan Fifer

Zombies are apparently big in the Roanoke Valley.

The first Roanoke Zombie 5K on Saturday drew roughly 1,000 participants and raised more than $27,000 for the Special Olympics of Virginia, said Western Virginia Regional Jail Sgt. Lori Fadorick, one of the event's organizers.

The jail sponsored the race at Roanoke County's Green Hill Park with the county's Parks and Recreation Department.

"It went really, really well," Fadorick said. "It far exceeded expectations when we started this little venture."

About 125 people signed up to act as zombies in the race, chasing runners through the course. For their time, the faux jogging dead received professional zombie makeup and a free T-shirt.

Fadorick said organizers hope to hold the event again next year and make it an annual race.

"We got a lot of good feedback," she said. "Everybody really liked it."

- Jordan Fifer

photo - Courtesy of the Roanoke Zombie 5K - Zombies who took part in Saturday's first Roanoke Zombie 5K in Roanoke County received professional makeup and a free T-shirt. Race organizer Lori Fadorick said she hopes the race will take place again next year. "We got a lot of good feedback," she said. "Everybody really liked it."
October 9, 2013

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