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Zombies set to invade ETSU campus Oct. 28

Brandon Paykamian • Updated Oct 20, 2017 at 10:07 AM

Halloween enthusiasts and zombie buffs are invited to East Tennessee State University to join in their annual “day of the dead” on Oct. 28, when the East Tennessee State University Department of Physical Therapy will host this year’s 3K Zombie Run at 9 a.m.

At the event, each runner will be given two flags to wear during the race. Participants dressed as zombies, who will be hidden throughout the course, will try to take the flags of the runners to determine who “survives” the zombie onslaught at the end of the course.

Approximately half of the course will be located on the trail behind campus in the ETSU woods, in which many of the zombies will hide and startle participants. The course will begin and end at the Tri-Hall Field behind Centennial Hall, according to organizer Conner Hensley.

“We just want people to come out and have fun,” he said. “It’s going to be a great kickoff to the Halloween weekend.”

Registration for runners is $25. For those who wish to be zombies, the event will cost $20. Spots for zombies are limited. 

Though there will be prizes for best zombie costume and top three finishers, Hensley said the main aim of the event is to have fun and most importantly, raise money for the Foundation for Physical Therapy, which supports physical therapy research and student education. This year, ETSU and other schools will compete in the Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge to see who can raise the most for the foundation. Hensley said the school that wins will receive additional funding for physical therapy research. 

Aside from a chance to have some Halloween fun, Hensley said the annual event will be an opportunity for those curious about the physical therapy program to come meet some of the students and faculty.

“Hopefully, we’ll have a lot of people show up. We’re excited,” he said. “If anyone’s interested in physical therapy, it’s also a good time to come talk to people in the program.”

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