Connellsville Recreation Board sponsoring events on Oct. 26
Connellsville Parks and Recreation Board on Monday night discussed two October events — The Running Dead, the city's inaugural zombie run, and Tangled Up in Brew.
The Running Dead, during which participants can be zombies or runners, will take place on Oct. 26. Every runner will be equipped with flags that will be attached to their bodies. As they run the 2.5-mile course through Connellsville, they will have to survive “attacks” by zombies who will try to capture their flags.
The runners with the best times and most flags will receive a prize, and the zombies with the most flags will win a prize. Once the run has been completed, the zombies will have an opportunity to compete in the Zombie Olympics, including events such as The Brain Eating Competition. Winners of the Zombie Olympics will receive prizes. These events will be held along North Prospect Street in the area of the former Conn Area Catholic School Building.
The Connellsville Recreation Board will be holding events at East Park on the same day.
“We could have the zombies zigzag around bales of hay,” said board member Leigh Ann Lincoln.
Lincoln said board members plan to purchase pumpkins that will be given away to children. Trick-or-treat will be part of the festivities.
“Last year, we bought 100 pumpkins, and we had a lot left over,” Lincoln said. “Maybe, we should just get 50 this year.”
Board President Melissa Tzan said the group will have a chance to give the pumpkins away to students at local elementary schools.
“We're going to have some of the school kids help us out,” added Mark Hofmann, a co-organizer of The Running Dead.
The organizers of the Running Dead are planning to have horror movie screenings in different locations in walking distance throughout the afternoon and evening. They are asking for local businesses and organizations to get into the spirit of the zombie run by decorating their storefronts, having zombie or horror-themed specials and offers, or extending business hours for the participants and spectators.
Any businesses, organizations or individuals interested in getting involved are asked to contact the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org. Vendor spaces are available. Additional activities and contests will be announced as they develop.
Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. The race will begin at noon at 110 N. Prospect St. The cost for zombies and runners will be $25 for early registration, with a deadline of Oct. 13. Registration afterward and on the day of the event will be $35.
At the meeting, board members discussed the third annual Tangled Up in Brew, which will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 12 in Yough Park.
Lincoln said this is the first year the city's Parks and Recreation Board has been involved with the event. The Trail Town Council and Sustainable Connellsville organized the events in the past.
Brewers who are interested in participating in the event are currently being recruited. The board is planning to order cups that will be given away to those who participate.
Cindy Ekas is a contributing writer for the Daily Courier.