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UPDATE: Bite the Bullitt 5k Zombie Chase postponed

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ZombieS WANTED

By Stephen Thomas

 UPDATE (Sep. 23): The Bullitt County Coalition for Recreation, Education and Wellness (C.R.E.W.) has postponed its inaugural Zombie Chase scheduled for Oct. 5.

C.R.E.W. director Daniel Crum said a low sign-up tally led organizers to hold off for now and schedule another time when more participants may be able to attend, possibly next spring.

The organization will discuss a future event further during their next monthly meeting, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m., in the community room of the Bullitt County Health Department Annex building.

The public is invited to attend the meeting. Crum encouraged anyone with ideas to enhance the zombie chase, or any further community recreational ideas, to join the committee.

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ZOMBIES WANTED: New event looks to be lively fundraiser

CLERMONT - You will be chased. You will get muddy. You will have fun. And you might feel like you're dead on your feet...more or less.

The Bullitt County Coalition for Recreation, Education and Wellness (C.R.E.W.) is hosting the first annual Bite the Bullitt 5K Zombie Chase at the Bullitt County Fairgrounds.

Bite the Bullitt consists of an obstacle course, in the mud, that offers participants a chance to run, sometimes fast, with zombies at various points trying to catch them.

According to C.R.E.W. director Daniel Crum, it's all good, clean fun...so to speak.

"It's not your normal 5K," said Crum. "It's a fun way to get out, be different and attract a crowd."

"Zombies" will be in designated at specific parts of the 5K route, located on a mud pit with various obstacles.

Crum said the recent success of zombies in the media, such as "The Walking Dead" television series, and the popularity of adventure runs, such as mud runs, led to the creation of the local event.

"It's a take on these adventure runs with a theme close to Halloween," he said. "We kicked fundraising ideas around and tried for fun events."

According to Crum, each participant starts with a "life flag" that hangs from their waste. As they head through the course, zombies will try to capture the flags.

"It's like flag football," Crum said. "Each lap you get a new flag, so you can finish with three. You receive a medal if you finish with at least one."

The Bullitt County Fairgrounds was an ideal location for the event, Crum said, because of the large dirt track area used for demolition derbies and dirt drags.

"Not everyone is happy with tearing up their property," Crum said. He added that there would be places to clean off mud and bleachers for viewing the action.

Bite the Bullitt is now open to all ages...dead or alive. Despite the zombie theme, Crum said the event would remain family-friendly.

For those unsure of completing a 5K route, Crum reminded that participants were free to run or walk the route at their own pace.

"People that don't think they can run three miles don't have to," he said. "They just have a three-mile course. It's a 5K fundraiser for fun. You're just trying to essentially survive.

Participants will also receive t-shirts, survivor medals and goodie bags, as well as being entered into prize drawings. Zombie volunteers also receive t-shirts.

"We encourage people to dress up (as zombies) but we'll have folks on hand to help with the make-up on a first-come, first-served basis," Crum said.

Professional photography will be available during the event, provided by Sherry Parker. See what you look like as a survivor or as a zombie.

Registration fees include $25 for participants, or $15 for zombies. Don't lose your heads, but zombie space is limited.

Funding will go toward future Bullitt County C.R.E.W. programs and events, such as community weight loss competitions and the Longest Day of Play program.

The inaugural Bite the Bullitt 5K Zombie Chase will take place Saturday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m., at the fairgrounds...rain (preferably) or shine. Crum advised bringing an extra change of clothes. Participants age 18 and younger must have a parent or guardian sign their release form.

Pre-registration is available through Sep. 27 by calling 955-5355, or go to www.bullittcountyhealthdept.com. You may also register at the Bullitt County Health Department located on Lees Valley Rd. in Shepherdsville.

Bite the Bullitt is presented by Bullitt County C.R.E.W. in association with the Bullitt County Health Department, Bullitt County YMCA, Cedar Grove Wellness Group, Valinda Reed and Angela Hobbs of Bullitt County Public Schools, Donna Burke with Embrace Home Loans, and the Bullitt County Diabetes Coalition.