The Race to “Stomp Out Alzheimer’s”

BY: Natalie Tenpenny

Public obstacle races have been a rising phenomenon in recent years. The Zombie Stomp Race is unlike any obstacle run you have ever encountered before.

This race is coming to the Silver Shoe Ranch in Dalton on May 12, 2012.  It will include a 1-mile kid’s obstacle run, as well as an adult oriented 5k and 10k mud run. The course runs through a historic area in Dalton so there will be “zombies” hidden in the muddy trails.

There will be twelve divisions for men and women that will be separated by age and the race will be held in different waves. Participants can sign up for time slots for the different waves when filling out their application and safety consent waiver.

Zombie Mud Run

“I am really excited about the Zombie Stomp Race. I have done a few other races recently, but I am by far the most thrilled about this one. When you add zombie to anything it’s an adventure. Plus the profits from this race benefit a good cause,” said Easton Hankins, 22, native of Dalton, Ga.

Every participant will be supplied with a racing bib with a microchip inside that will record each individual’s race time. The bib will allow people to distinguish one another. So it must be worn at all times while on the course. It can also be used as a tracking device as a safety precaution. The bib along with an official Zombie Stomp shirt and scarf will be picked up on game day before the race.

“I’ve participated in multiple obstacle courses and mud races over the past few years. It’s so much fun to get a group of your closest friends together and just make a day out of the races. This is the first time I have ever been to the Zombie Stomp but I have heard awesome things. I can’t wait,” said Niki Scott-Jones, 19.

To anyone interested in participating in the race as one of the zombies, there will be a zombie pick-up the day before the event from noon to 7 p.m in downtown Dalton at the freight depot.

On race day, participants will need to bring a valid photo identification, a change of clothes, their signed safety waiver, $10 cash for parking and a whole lot of nerves. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter.



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