MANISTIQUE – With three minutes to their advantage, the “humans” took off with a shot gun start at the Zombie Run, held at Intake Park on Saturday. The 180 seconds was just enough time for them to advance on the water hazard course before the “zombies” were released to harvest their “lives”.
Held as a fundraiser for the Manistique High School coss country team, the Zombie Run 5K event was well attended for the inaugural event. Participants could walk or run the course, which was just short of 3.1 miles.
Humans were each given three lives (safety tape streamers pinned to their back) which they hoped they could maintain through the event. Once released, the zombies’ mission was to garner as many lives while only taking one from each human as they covered the same terrain.
Overall fastest humans were Ryan Hubert and Leigha Woelffer, both of Gladstone. Runner-ups were Dave Partyka of Manistique and Nancy Krusic of Manistique.
Zombies acquiring the most lives overall were Randy Kerr of Newberry and Olivia Holmberg of Manistique. Coming in second in the zombie category were Robert Ayotte in the men’s division and Morgan Tryan for the women.
All those completing the race were presented with a custom participation medal. First place finishes in both the human and zombie categories received hooded event sweatshirts.
Humans finishing by age categories included:
Men 0-12: Austin Hinkson, Dylan Carlson, Trevor Bosanic, Richard Parker, Brendan Thill
Men 13-19: Ryan Hubert, Brady Stoetzer, Darren Hicks, Trevor Ayotte
Men 20-29: Dave Partyka, Brian Norton, Dave Jensen
Men 30-39: John Studinger
Men 40 plus: Scott Whitman
Women 0-12: Lily Stoll, Danielle Lund, Maya Carlson, Kyra Carlson
Women 13-19: Leigha Woelffer, Kelsey Dehanke
Women 20-29: Thyra Schlabach, Randi Sims, Megan Simmons, Carrie Urban, Jennifer Bennedetto
Women 30-39: Kayla Matchinski, Jessica Beckman, Shaunta Bosanic, Laura Carlson, Nyan Lakosky
Women 40-49: Nancy Krusic, Lisa Holmberg, Jessica Demers, Dee Dee Thill, Amy Blanchard, Nikki Tryan, Stephanie Carlson
Women 50 plus: Lisa Demers, Donna Winkel, Nancy Dixon, Janet Pratt
Zombies included: Missy Bodi, Brynn Santi, Ella Santi, Gail Jacobs, Beth Birk, Danielle Brown, Morgan Tryan, Kimberly Witherspin, Levi Lakovsky, Robert Ayotte, Pete Jacobs, Gail Jacobs, Shannon Manty, Olivia Holmberg, Angela Whitman, Holly Blowers and Darren Hicks
There are additional sweatshirts and t-shirts available should anyone be interested in purchasing one. Those interested can call Mary Lou Lund at 450-6146 or Laurie Lindstrom at 341-4300, ext 136.
Additional photos are available for viewing on the events Facebook page by searching “Manistique Zombie Run”.