Zombies coming to Horsebarn Hill Friday
Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 24, 2013 00:10
This Friday at 5 p.m. Horsebarn Hill will be the setting for a large scale zombie invasion in which participants will either run for their lives or not be living at all.
In order to raise funds for this years Huskython Dance Marathon, the board of special events for Huskython, co sponsored with UConn Recreation, will be hosting the Zombiethon Dash of the Dead.
The 2.5 mile adventure race will feature two competing teams of zombies and humans. Over 150 zombies will be chasing an even larger group of human racers who must avoid the horde by traveling from safe zone to safe zone. Humans will be equipped with flag belts that, when grabbed by a zombie, signal another victim of the zombie horde.
“Over the past couple of years we’ve really picked up on the popularity of adventure races, as well as the popularity of the Walking Dead television show,” Vice President of Fundraising for Huskython Joe Calitri said.
The event came about this summer as Huskython was making preliminary plans for a fall fundraiser. Research on the event type was conducted by Lauren Haggerty, coordinator of special events for Huskython. Adventure races of this genre, such as “The Walking Dead Escape from New York,” have been envisioned before, and have combined similar elements and themes as the Huskython event.
“It really came as perfect fit because we needed a fall event, and the zombie theme worked perfectly with October and Halloween coming up,” Haggerty said.
In order to provide make-up for the estimated 150 zombies, UConn recreation and Huskython have hired five professional makeup artists from Darkest Art.
In addition to the Zombie Dash, Huskython will also be hosting a Zombiethon after party in which food and drinks will be served to participants and spectators.
Those interested in racing can sign up ahead of time at huskython.uconn.edu. There is a fee of $25 dollars to join the race, and it also includes free food at the Zombiethon after party. Walk-ins will also be accepted at the Hicks Arena starting at 2 p.m. for zombies and 4 p.m. for humans, however it is encouraged to sign up ahead of time in order to guarantee receiving a t-shirt.
“Five years down the road, after we make a name for this event, we can maybe see it grow to over 1,000 participants,” Calitri said.