Zombie run attracts 50

By Tamie Meck

Zombie run attracts 50 | Hotchkiss, Halloween

Photo by Tmaie Meck Competitors run through one of the "zombie zones" during the third annual Zombie Run 5K, held Saturday at Hotchkiss. The event, a fundraiser for Hotchkiss K-8 Helping Hands, attracted 50 participants, including 19 zombies.

The third annual Zombie Run 5k run/walk, sponsored by the Hotchkiss K-8 School for the benefit of the Helping Hands program, attracted 50 participants on Halloween morning, including Spider Man pushing a stroller, Waldo, the Mummy, a ballerina, Wonder Woman, the Grim Reaper, Rapunzel, Gray Beard the Pirate and his parrot and wolf, skeletons, and, of course, zombies. The course included "zombie zones," where waiting zombies would attempt to capture the flags of runners.

Hunter Thompson, age 9, won the race for the third consecutive year with a time of 23 minutes, 5 seconds.

Other results include:

Top female: Jeannette Carey (28:07)

Zombie with the most flags: Ava Taylor

Best zombie costume under 18: Mitchell Finlayson

Best zombie costume over 18: Dani and Clayton Smith

Best costume runner over 18: Lucas Wentzel

Winners by age group:

10 and under female: Loryn Thompson (34:11); male: Hunter Thompson (23:05)

11-14 female: Makaylie Reed and Taelor Mills (34:25); male: Isaiah Moreno (33:19)

19-29 female: Jeannette Carey (28:07, also the overall female winner); male: Lucas Wentzel (35:34)

30-40 female: Anna Smith (28:55)

30-40 male: Aaron Mills (31:30)

41-50 female: Kristi Gieck (38:29); male: Justin Smith (23:21)

51-60 female: Lynn Callicutt (39:28); male: Wendell Koontz (60:13)

61-70 female: Cheryl Couie (64:55); male: Robert Couie (64:55)