Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - Updated: 1:05 AM
On Friday night, zombies descended upon Lee S. Jones Park for the second annual Zombie Glow Run/Walk 5K. The race benefited the Lyon County High School softball team, and almost 140 participants signed up to run with zombies and show their support of the Lady Lyons.
The Zombie Glow Run/Walk was a 5K event, or about 3.1 miles. This was the second year for the fundraiser, and participation was up almost 25 percent compared to last year. The unique nighttime run offered a fun alternative for runners accustomed to competing during daylight hours. The course was outlined in glow stakes and black lights, and participants were given glow necklaces and bracelets during the race.
Adding to the spooky atmosphere, the Lady Lyons softball players dressed as zombies and ran or walked with the other participants. Runner Teresa Adcock, after finishing the race, said, "The softball players were on the race course thanking people for signing up and supporting their team. That was nice to hear."
Lady Lyons Softball Booster Club President Debbie Ellis said, "This was truly a community event, from the parent volunteers who coordinated and staffed the race to the local businesses who sponsored it. We want to thank King's Lawn Care, Lake Barkley Cross Fit, Bingham Drilling, P&H Cattle Company, Fredonia Valley Bank, Century 21 Land of Lakes Realty, Bows & Cleats, and Los Agaves Mexican Restaurant. Their donations covered all of our race expenses, including course supplies and t-shirts for our participants. Their support means that every registration fee will go straight to the players for equipment, uniforms, and tournament fees."
Ellis also discussed the race participants, saying, "There were some serious athletes competing this year. But there were also families who turned out to walk and run together and show their support for our softball girls. We appreciate our community support so much."
Varsity softball coach Monty Todd was also appreciative, saying, "It no longer surprises me when we have a large community turnout for our softball events. This community has supported and continues to support the kids of Lyon County daily. It is an honor to coach and be associated with a community and school administration that not only support with their words, but with their actions and attendance. Once again, speaking for the girls softball program, I say thank you."
The youngest race participant was 5-year-old, and the oldest participant was 80. Competitors vied for medals in five age-based categories.
The overall male winner was Curtis Persinger, 35, with a finish time of 17:01.
The overall female winner was Allison Murphy, 16, with a time of 26:53.