Avoid zombies during annual 5K

The third annual zombie run will be held June 17 to benefit Lord Fairfax Community College scholarships.

The Outbreak 5K gives participants the chance to run as if they are being chased by zombies scattered around the college’s Middletown campus.

Sally Voth, public relations specialist with the college, said about 100 people participated the first year and between 120 and 150 the second year.

Proceeds from the race will benefit the W. Michael Larrick Memorial Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is awarded to a full-time student who has lost a parent or guardian. It was set up three years ago by Britney Larrick Hammond and her brother Michael Larrick in memory of their father, W. Michael Larrick, who died in 2004 in a work-related accident. The first $1,000 scholarship was awarded this past academic year.

Runners pay a $35 fee if registered in advance, or $40 the day of the event. The 5K includes obstacles, such as hay bales, mud pits and a rope scramble. Participants can choose to walk and also skip obstacles.

Those wishing to become a zombie can do so for free, but must register ahead of time due to a 50-person limit. Pre-register at www.outbreak5k.com. All ages are welcome. Zombies are asked to arrive by 8:30 a.m. for make-up, and runners/walkers by 9:30 a.m. The first wave of runners will leave at 9:45 a.m.