By Caleb Mynatt, The Belton Journal
As October continues on, the calendar nears closer and closer to the beloved holiday of Halloween. With scares, costumes, and candy, Halloween has become the most notable thing about the month of October. The month of October, however, also beckons in the beginning of colder weather, and the beginning of flu season. Though the enjoyment for these two things are on two opposite ends of the spectrum, Belton New Tech High School @Waskow has found a creative way to mix these two things into an event that everyone will love. On Oct. 31, Belton New Tech High will be hosting the 1st Annual Zombie 5k Run.
“At our school, we have formed a new group for the freshmen called “Freshman Outbreak” who is hosting the event,” said Sharla Adams, Pre-Cal teacher and orchestrator of the event. “Their classes study things that pertain to diseases. In history, they study plagues. In math, they study exponential functions. In science, they learn about the biology and chemistry of diseases. In English, they read books pertaining to the field. We figured this would be a good way to incorporate this theme for Halloween, and give back to the community.”
Being called the “chase,” the run will have a theme of a zombie chase. Halloween is as good of time as ever to encourage this spooky theme, and the event encourages participants to come out in costume if wanted.
“My friends and I will be running, and we are going to dress in a Walking Dead theme,” said Katie Brown, a senior at New Tech. “Some will be zombies, someone is going to be Rick Grimes, other people will be the other characters. We are really going all out for this.”
The thing unique about the Zombie 5k is that all the proceeds from registration and concessions will be going back to the community in the form of flu vaccinations.
“Using the proceeds, New Tech will be helping host a free clinic on Nov. 21 at HEB,” said Adams. “The vaccinations will be 100% free, and will cover all four strands of the flu as opposed to the typical vaccination that covers the three main strands. Each vaccination is $26 for us to give, and we’ll give them out until we are out of money. We just figured it was a great way for Freshman Outbreak to stick with their study of diseases and help better the community.”
The cost to run is $25 if you pre-register online, and $30 for race day registration. With all proceeds going to the good cause of preventing a Bell County outbreak, there is hope that the community will come out and run on Halloween.
The run will start at 9 a.m. on Oct. 31 at 700 Confederate Park Drive in Belton. Register online at runsignup.com/Race/TX/Belton/NewTechZombieRun. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/events/1482063235425089.