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First W.Va. Zombie 5K boasts popularity

More than 500 participants have already registered for the first Run Like Hell Zombie 5K Run/Walk during East End Main Street's HallowEast festivities next weekend.

Billed as the first event of its kind in the state, the race will serve multiple purposes as a community activity and fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the neighborhood organization.

Lori Brannon, a neighborhood planner with the Charleston Planning Department, gave the statistics during East End Main Street's monthly board meeting Wednesday.

"It's better than we had hoped," she said.

The Zombie 5K will take place on Saturday, Oct. 26, during the HallowEast event. Participants can choose to have flags attached around their waist, and some participants from the event's fourth annual Zombie Walk will attempt to pull the flags off runners.

Zombies will be located in designated "attack zones" on the route, and will be signed to give runners notice of the zombies.

Prizes will be awarded to the runner with the best time, the runner with the best time and the most flags and the zombie who took the most flags, among others.

The Zombie 5K begins at 7 p.m. that day, right after the Zombie Walk at 6:30 p.m. Both events will end with a pub crawl at establishments at and near the intersection of Washington and Elizabeth streets.

Brannon also said 50 people have already purchased tickets for the Murder Mystery Party, to be held Oct. 24 at the Woman's Club of Charleston. The limit for that event is 180 participants.

Registration remains open for the 5K, the Zombie Walk and the murder mystery dinner party, but slots to be "attack zombies" for the 5K have reached capacity.

To register for the 5K, visit, or use the link on the East End Main Street website. Links and instructions for registration to other HallowEast events, as well as an event schedule, are available at

East End Councilwoman Mary Beth Hoover, who serves on East End Main Street's board, said the race was the event with the most clicks on the TriStateRacer website, a situation that was still true Wednesday afternoon.

In other business, the board:

  • Learned that East End Main Street has received a Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP) grant from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to purchase five new solar-powered recycling compactors for the neighborhood.

The grant was awarded in the amount of $28,000 -- the full amount requested by East End Main Street.

The compactors are similar to those found in other cities, like Morgantown, but can only be used for recyclable materials.

When the containers are full, they automatically compact the contents using energy derived from a solar panel on top of the container. The containers will also be able to send signals to alert city workers when the containers need emptied.

Hoover, who is part of East End Main Street's design committee, said local artists would be contacted to help make "skins" for the cans to make them more decorative.

  • Heard that the organization's new Warehouse Wednesday promotion has already helped businesses in the neighborhood.

Secretary Amy McLaughlin said at Habitat for Humanity's ReStore, for example, business was double what it would be for a comparable time period.

  • Learned that a deal had been arranged with the Clay Center to allow for a holiday version of the East End Bazaar to be held at the venue.

The holiday Bazaar will run on three Saturdays after Thanksgiving, and will include entertainment in addition to a number of vendors.

East End Main Street Director Ric Cavender said he is in the process of filling the vendor slots for those weeks.

Contact writer Matt Murphy at or 304-348-4817.


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