Originally published in The Oregonian SW Weekly Oct. 29, 2011
Get your Halloween costume out two days early for Saturday’s Oct. 29 Zombie Apocalypse Run at LeeFarms in Tualatin.
The event is the brainchild of two West Linn moms,
Heather Robbins and Debbie Parsons, who started a business, Nomad Adventure Series, L.LC. last summer while hanging out with their kids at the pool. Ty Holbrook, a third business partner, will collaborate with them on future events, including a Valentine’s run and a Tarzan and Jane obstacle course.
“Debbie and I both work from home and are always looking for something fun to do,” said Robbins, a real estate agent. Parsons is a hair stylist. “We do triathlons and marathons, and with this business, we wanted to create wholesome athletic activities for the entire family.”
The Zombie Race is the first event sponsored by Nomad Adventures.
“My husband Jeremy loves for zombies,” said Parsons. “And, some people say that they only run if they are being chased.”
Robbins added, “We thought zombies are such a huge movement right now, and Portland tends to be drawn to such things,” Robbins explained. “We wanted a fun Halloween adventure for the family.”
And, they are giving back to the community with the event. For every family that registers from Cedaroak Park Primary, 10 percent goes back to the school. Between the two moms, they have four children at the local primary school.
A costume contest for kids kicks off the day at 2:30 followed by a Kids dash at 3 p.m. Registration includes five tickets for rides at Lee Farms. The adult activities start at 4:30 with a costume contest and the 1.5 kilometer and 5 kilometer trail run. A fog machine will set the mood and Lee Farms will offer a variety of foods and drinks for purchase, including apple cider,
When people register, they have to decide if they are a “zombie” or a “survivor,” Robbins explained.
The survivors run with a belt with flags and the zombies try to capture those flags. The first survivor that crosses the finish line, with at least one flag left, wins the survivor category. And, the fastest zombie with at least one flag wins that category.
“We’ve had such great response with pre-registration for the Zombie Run,” said Robbins. “We envision that it will be a great big party with music and getting scared.”
Lee Farms is located at 21975 SW 65th Ave., Tualatin. Cost to register is $ 15 for the Kids Dash which includes five tickets for rides and activities at Lee Farms. The Zombie 1.5 k and 5 k Runs cost $ 40.
For more information, visit Nomad Adventures
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