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Zombie run highlights running weekend
by Derek Clarkston / sports@kodiakdailymirror.com
May 09, 2012 | 56 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Zombies are invading Kodiak Saturday afternoon.

Don’t worry, though — they will only be after flags.

The Coast Guard’s Electronic Systems Support Detachment is sponsoring the first Zombie 5K Fun Run at Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park.

The event begins at noon and is a fundraiser for the Kodiak Football League.

“The whole point is to raise money for the KFL,” organizer Tate Marcinkowski said. “It started with a general idea of wanting to do something to give back to the community of Kodiak.”

Marcinkowski said he was looking for a different kind of running event and he found it in the form of zombies.

Volunteers dressed as zombies will be roaming throughout the 5K course at Fort Abercrombie trying to swipe flags off the runners.

Marcinkowski, an assistant coach on last year’s KHS football team, said the race is based on the popular Run for Lives obstacle course races.

“Living here in Kodiak the obstacles are built in,” he said.

Runners will wear three flags, but will still be able to finish if all their flags are gone.

“The whole goal is to make it to the end with as many flags you can,” he said. “We want everybody to still finish, though. We are not going to be as competitive as some of the other runs.”

Marcinkowski hopes this becomes an annual event.

“Next year, we are looking to help another nonprofit,” he said.

As of Tuesday, 75 runners have signed up. Runners can sign up the day of the event at 10:30 a.m. at Fort Abercrombie. The registration fee is $15, with $9 going towards the KFL.

“There are other competitions, going on this weekend, but we are going to have the most fun,” he said.

After the zombies clear out, the Run for Congo Women 5K takes over.

The second-year event is 2 p.m. Sunday at Fort Abercrombie.

This weekend is also playing host to the Earth Day Triathlon, an annual event in Kodiak since 1985. The triathlon begins 10 a.m. Saturday at the Kodiak Community Pool.

The race features a 1K swim, a 5K run and a 20K bike ride.

Mike Banasiak won last year’s men race in 1 hour, 17 minutes, 8 seconds, while Tari Lindquist captured the women’s title in 1:22:49 — just three seconds off her course-record time set in 2008. Lindquist has won three out of the four past races.

Register for the race at the Teen Center by 5 p.m. Thursday. Entry fee is $10.

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