A 5k fundraiser with a new twist will benefit the Shepherd’s House and a backpack food program.
Angela Shur, who owns Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies and sits on the local homeless shelter’s board of directors, is planning a zombie 5k event for Oct. 29 in Mount Airy. However, the run is only part of the evening’s events.
“It really should be packed with family fun,” explained Shur.
The race will begin at 6 p.m. at the corner of West Oak Street and Willow Street. Runners will run west on Independence Boulevard and turn north onto the Emily B. Taylor Greenway. They will then follow Lebanon Street and North Main Street back into town.
Shur said the invasion of zombies in Mount Airy will be the first zombie run offered in North Carolina.
“There will be more than 200 zombies along the course,” said Shur, who noted Interact clubs from schools throughout the county will be providing zombies.
Ten percent of the zombies will be chasing runners down to steal the neon flags hanging from runners. Participants with flags remaining will earn tickets for a drawing which offers prizes ranging from gift certificates to wine packages.
They will turn those tickets in at the block party that awaits at the end of the race, which is expected to be quite the event in and of itself.
Shur said following the race Halloween festivities will ensue on Franklin Street and Market Street. The streets, which will be blocked off, will offer trick-or-treating, games, crafts and other activities for children and adults. Even ice cream bars will be included in the cost of admission. A DJ will provide entertainment, and prizes will be handed out to those with the best costumes.
“We are always working for the kids,” said Shur. “We really want to put on a family-friendly Halloween event.”
Early registration race entry fees range from $7 for children ages 5 and under up to $40 for adults. Pre-registration is open until Oct. 14.
The race will appeal to all who want to make the 3.1-mile trek. A wave of participants including any folks in wheelchairs or otherwise disabled will kick off at 6 p.m., followed by waves of those seeking competition and families participating as a group.
Those who run or walk in the 5k will gain free entry into the event which follows. However, one needn’t take part in the race to enjoy the evening filled with activities.
A $10 fee will be charged to folks attending only the Halloween party. Once a person gets a wrist band, nearly everything on the street is free of charge, said Shur.
Race-day registration is from 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 29. Those who fail to preregister can sign up then, though a slightly higher fee entry fee is applicable.
Race T-shirts will also be available and were designed by a local teen who has Asperger’s Syndrome, according to Shur.
“They are phenomenal,” said Shur of the shirts designed by local Katie Jones.
Shur also noted those families who drop by will be giving a little money to a worthy cause in exchange for a lot of Halloween fun. Seventy-five percent of proceeds will go to the Shepherd’s House, the local homeless shelter which helps families in need get back on their feet. The other 25 percent will go to the backpack food programs of the local school systems, programs which send a backpack filled with food home for the weekend with children who may be in need.
Shur said she’s hoping to raise between $10,000 and $15,000 at the event.
“I’m hoping it’s bigger than the pie-eating contest,” said Shur, referencing a fundraiser she holds for the Shepherd’s House every Fourth of July.
For more information about the event stop by Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies, located at 153 North Main St. in Mount Airy, call the store at 786-1537 or visit the race web page at http://bit.ly/2dO3bak.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.