by Kar-Leigh Kelso
The Lance – Arts Editor
An all-ages horde of zombie “fast food” made their way down the riverfront trail at the second annual Zombie Chase.
The 5k “run/walk/drag” began at 6:55 p.m. Oct. 11 at Askin Avenue’s end and looped back from downtown. Participants were encouraged to dress up, as some “best dressed” awards were up for grabs, but at their own risk – three minutes after the race begins, the zombies are released to chase down their victims.
Jen Mimnagh and her husband Dave were first time participants in the race and finished around the 36-minute mark. They recently moved to Windsor from London, having somewhat neglected their running routines since their summer marriage.
“This is our first big run since we got married,” said Mimnagh. “I’m glad we could make it and they gave us such awesome medals.”
Dave said he enjoyed the experience as well and said the couple will be back for the next one.
Chief organizer and head of RunningFlat, Chris Uszynski, said he was pleased with the turnout and particularly enjoys putting on running events like the Zombie Chase.
“It’s a great way to get everyone out – You see entire families come out for something like this,” said Uszynski. “It gets the community involved when you offer ‘fun runs’ where everyone can participate, dress up, go at their own pace and have a good time.”
Despite the hundreds who signed up for this race and many other RunningFlat events, Uszynski said he has had a tougher time in getting the necessary funding for the runs. As a lesser-known charity, it is sometimes harder to be recognized.
“Other local charities obviously have a great need for funding. I would be the first to tell you that this [event] in comparison takes less focus,” said Uszynski. “But I want people to see this has value – there is a need for this.”