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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

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Sole Survivors 5K zombie-themed run coming to the COYC

Sole Survivors 5K zombie-themed run coming to the COYC

Jacie LeBoeuf, Olivia Cantrelle, Jenna Alario and Camryn Callais practice their living dead look for Saturday’s event.

Most of us have seen movies and TV shows where zombies rise from the dead and begin wreaking havoc as they run amok devouring unsuspecting victims. While tales of zombies seem to be a myth, the question remains… What would you do to survive?

This weekend a zombie herd will be roaming throughout the grounds of the Cut Off Youth Center. Now’s your chance to find out if you could survive a true zombie apocalypse.

The Sole Survivors 5K will be held on Saturday, October 19, rain or shine. The event will take place on the COYC grounds where runners will race for survival through a zombie and obstacle filled course.

“The operating budget for the COYC is really high and needs as much support as it can get. We wanted to do something fun and different to raise funds,” event organizer Laurie Laine Coleman said. “People will be able to come out, have a good time, get in some exercise if that’s their thing and run away from zombies. It’s almost like a big Halloween costume party!”

Runners will wear flag football vests and with three flags. Zombies will be placed strategically around the course and will attempt to grab a runner’s flag, thus taking away his lifelines. Those who make it to the finish line with at least one lifeline remaining will be entered into a prize drawing.

Throughout the course runners will face shallow mud pits, small-scale obstacles, unbeaten paths and more. Runners who do not want to be chased by zombies can opt to not wear vests and will be left alone. Anyone wishing to push strollers or take the course at a slower, safer pace can do so. There will be no timing on the course.

“Zombies have been forewarned that there will be no actual brain eating at the event. But, the Shriners are hosting a cracklin’ cook off at the same time so fried flesh will be on the after party menu,” Coleman said.

Zombies will be in charge of creating their own gruesome look and can enter into a contest for the best theme, look, makeup, etc. Zombies are asked to arrive no later than 9 a.m. on race day in order to receive directions and get placed into their zones.

All runners and zombies are invited to celebrate together afterwards in the decontamination zone, which will include drinks, food (being sold to raise funds), entertainment and more. Both runners and zombies are needed to make this event a success. Goody bags and prize drawings will be held for all participants.

 The operations cost for the Cut Off Youth Center is $500 daily. The Sole Survivors 5K is soliciting for sponsorships and prize donations for the event. All profits raised will be contributed to the youth center.

“The event requires lots of planning and volunteers. We are so thankful to our local businesses that have helped by providing monetary donations, prize donations, items for the obstacle course and more. We couldn’t do it without them” Coleman said.

Registration forms can be picked up at the COYC or The Lafourche Gazette or completed on race day. Visit to download one online. Checks should be made payable to the Cut Off Youth Center.

Cost is $30 for runners and $10 for zombies. Anyone wanting further information on the event or wanting to volunteer to help set up the course on Friday, run the registration booth on Saturday or man other areas can email or call Laurie at 985-693-7229 during business hours or 630-220-0177 after 4 p.m. The registration form can be found on page 8-B of this issue.

Special thanks go out to the following sponsors who were instrumental in making this event a fun one for all participants: The Lafourche Gazette, South Lafourche Bank, Kief Hardware, Vision Communications, Lafourche Ford, Century 21 American Realty, Alstarz Cheerleading Academy, Lady of the Sea Hospital, COYC staff and volunteers.

“Organizing this event was really fun and we definitely have plans to continue it each October in the future. I couldn’t have done it without the help of my friends, family and countless other volunteers. Now it’s on to the fun and I cannot wait to zombie up and scare the willies out of everyone on Saturday!” Coleman said. “It’ll be great a stress reliever.”