LAKE PLACID - Local students are planning to hold a zombie run this Saturday to raise money for a school trip to Costa Rica.
The zombie run is set to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Mount Van Hoevenberg biathlon range, with registration opening at 9 a.m. Each runner will be given three tags, or "lives," at the beginning of the race, and students dressed as zombies stationed along the 5K trail will try to steal the tags.
The first three runners who finish with at least one life will win a prize, like gift certificates to local businesses. People who lose all their tags will be able to buy raffle tickets to win prizes as well.
Students will wear ripped clothes and put makeup on their faces to make them look like the undead.
"We're going to try to make them really realistic," said Kayla Hudson, a high school senior who is raising money for the Costa Rica trip.
The run is a fundraiser for the trip that about eight high school Spanish students and Environmental Club members plan to take to the Central American country of Costa Rica from April 13 through 21, the school's spring break. For the bulk of the trip, students will work on service projects to help people there.
The kids got the idea because Spanish teacher Jennifer Lawrence did a zombie run last year in Morrisonville. She said having zombies run after you makes a 5K more fun.
"It's a good motivator for people who aren't avid runners," Lawrence told the Enterprise.
Hudson said she wishes she could run in the race, but she's also looking forward to dressing up as a zombie. She said there's been a lot of interest so far.
"I think it's going to be fun to be a zombie and chase people around," Hudson said.
The zombie run cost is $10 for the 5K, and $5 for the half-mile kids run. There won't be any zombies on the kids run.
Anyone who wants to pre-register can mail a check payable to "Environmental Club" in care of Jennifer Lawrence at 34 School St., Lake Placid, NY 12946, or email Lawrence. Those registering should include the name, age and gender of the participant and whether he or she plans to run the 5K or the kids run.
All participants are encouraged to dress in costume.
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