It is time to start training for the zombie apocalypse. On Saturday, September 14 at 4 p.m., the apocalypse will be a reality at the Carbon County Fairgrounds, but for a good cause. The Carbon County Boys and Girls Club, AVAR (Awareness Vision Action and Responsibility) and the Utah National Guard will host a two mile obstacle course and fitness challenge event to raise funds for the renovation of the Boys and Girls Club building.
For the race, participants can register to be a human or a zombie. Zombies need to come already in character and will chase the humans trying to take their lives (flags). Each human will have three flags and can get more at each National Guard station if they take a fitness challenge. Prizes will be awarded for the first to finish with a flag, the most flags upon finishing and many others.
Music, dancing and concessions will follow the race in the After the Apocalypse party. Spectators can join the party by purchasing a ticket to watch the race for $2.00. All race entry proceeds will go to the building fund for the club while the spectator fees will be used to cover race costs such as printing and advertising. The Boys and Girls Club will be selling concessions at the After party and 100% of the money raised will go into the building fund.
Run organizer Melanie Meira said this event evolved after she had been diagnosed with diabetes. She decided to look for ways to change her health rather than need to be insulin dependent the rest of her life. She is shocked by the problem with obesity and diabetes that plague the nation and this county.
Using products and fitness goals from AVAR, she is now part of the company. AVAR’s President sees the Boys and Girls Club of America as a special charity. Meira learned that Carbon County has a club and are struggling to find funds to finish their building renovations. 10% of funds that the AVAR makes on September 14 from selling their fitness packages will go directly to the Boys and Girls Club.