Registration ongoing for 3rd annual Harbin Clinic Zombie-thon

 An Apocalyptic Block Party followed by RLT’s “The Addams Family, the Musical” will wrap up a night of Halloween-themed events

The fastest, flesh-eating 5K returns to Northwest Georgia this fall, and for runners and walkers alike, the Harbin Clinic Zombie-thon is the best way to test your survival skills against zombies invading downtown Rome.

Registration is open for the 5K and Health Walk slated for October 24, and with the Harbin Clinic Apocalyptic Block Party on Broad Street to follow, the night of family-friendly events will immerse Rome and Floyd County in the Halloween spirit.

ZombieSocialmediapromo4“Harbin Clinic doctors and employees love having the opportunity to help save Rome from the vast zombie horde descending on the town in late October,” said Harbin Clinic Executive Director Kenna Stock. “It’s great to be able to partner with the Downtown Development Authority and the Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority on this celebrated, community event.”

Zombie-thon is the third race in the Harbin Clinic Race Series for 2015. RFPRA and Harbin Clinic have teamed up throughout the year, bringing to Rome Leprechaun-a-thon in March and the Color Me Free 5K in July, as well.

“It’s one of the best things about Rome and Floyd County – that agencies like Harbin Clinic are wonderful about joining forces with other agencies to help provide these services,” said Lauren Jones, Marketing Coordinator at RFPRA. “Harbin is great about helping us put on these healthy, fun, family-oriented events for the whole community, and we are excited about our continued partnership with them and the DDA.”

An Apocalyptic Adventure

“It’s one of the most exciting, anticipated events of the year for the community and everyone loves to get involved,” said Betsy Hampson, and event coordinator and Manager of Recreation Services at RFPRA. “With volunteers getting zombified in costumes, people love the dramatic element of Zombie-thon.”

Registrants are able to sign up for different categories in the 5K and Health Walk, to make Zombie-thon right experience for them.  Runners may choose to run a traditional 5K with a separate start time, or opt for the full-on Zombie-infested 5K.

Those who register for the Zombie-infested 5K will wear flag belts attracting ravenous zombies along the course, who attempt to snatch runners’ flags (symbolic for brains). Runners who cross the finish line with their belts intact finish alive, while those without their flags join the dead.

Those who want to be involved in Zombie-thon without the race aspect may register for the 2-Mile Health Walk. People may also register to be Zombies in the event, and registration is open for volunteer members of the Harbin Clinic Zombie Outbreak Response Team. Zombies and Outbreak Response Team members must be 16 years or older to volunteer.

Pre-race festivities will start at 3:30 p.m. at Bridgepoint Plaza for race-day registration, and includes make-up artistry and photos with Zombies. A panel of costume contest judges will be surveying the zombies before the race, and costume contest winners will be announced after race-awards.

Registration for the 5K is $30 per person and registration for the 2 Mile Health Walk costs $25 per person. For runners and walkers ages 10 and under, registration is $20. Race day registration for both the 5K & Health Walk is $35. Register by noon, October 14 for a guaranteed t-shirt. For groups of 10 or more, registration is $25 per person, and groups must register in-person at RFPRA Headquarters at 1 Shorter Ave. Registration for the Zombie-infested 5K course is limited to the first 450 registrants. Register online at http://rfpra.com/zombie.html.

Zombie registration is free with the option to purchase a t-shirt for $15. Response Team registration is also free, and Team members are needed to help with race-day registration and course assignments. All Zombie and Response Team volunteers must register by noon on October 13.

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More Apocalyptic fun to follow

Immediately following the race is the Harbin Clinic Apocalyptic Block Party on Broad Street.  Ann Arnold, Director of the Downtown Development Authority said she anticipates huge crowds at this year’s event.

“We hope thousands return downtown to experience the awesome atmosphere of the apocalyptic block party,” Arnold said. “We enjoy teaming up with Harbin Clinic and RFPRA to jointly bring this free family event downtown each year.  It is our last block party, as well as the biggest downtown event of the year.”

The Block Party will feature the Infinity Show Band. For more information on the Harbin Clinic Apocalyptic Block Party and other DDA events, visit downtownromega.com.

As the Block Party ends, locals are invited to see a performance of “The Addams Family, the Musical,” a Rome Little Theatre production at the Historic DeSoto Theatre on Broad Street. The show is perfect for all ages and starts at 10 p.m.  Show and ticket information is available at RomeLittleTheatre.org.

Zombie-thon 5K event proceeds benefit local parks and recreational programs and services. The 5K and apocalyptic block party is coordinated through the partnership efforts of the Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority and the Downtown Development Authority. The entire event is made possible through the generous sponsorship support of Harbin Clinic.

Register, get race information and block party details at RFPRA.com or at the Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority at 1 Shorter Avenue. For more information call 706-291-0766.

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