Inaugural HARTAWeen Zombie Dash 5K set for Oct. 14 at Yeoman

The inaugural HARTA-Ween Zombie Dash 5K is set for Saturday, Oct. 14, at Yeoman Park, in Huntington.

The race, held on the newly-opened Erie Trail, is open to all ages, and a one-mile loop is available for non-competitive participants. Proceeds and contributions from the event will go toward supporting the development and maintenance of trails in Huntington County.

Participants will wear “life” flags on their belts and “zombies” will be on the trail to try to steal them. The goal is to complete the 5K or 1-mile loop with as many flags left as possible.

Participants may opt out of the zombie-snatching.

The event also includes activities for children. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from the Berg Buggy.

Each paid entry receives a finisher medal and a swag bag. The top three male and female finishers for the 5K event will receive additional awards. Awards will also be given to event volunteers for best zombie costume. Halloween costumes are encouraged for race participants as well.

There is a fee to participate, with various discounts for registration prior to the event. Check-in on the day of the event is 5:14 p.m.; the race begins at 6:14 p.m. rain or shine.

Businesses, organizations, civic groups, churches and families are invited to use their talents to create a zombie or scarecrow scene to be placed along the Zombie Dash Route.

The race is sponsored by the Huntington Area Recreational Trails Association.

For more information, visit www.harta-gotrails.org and to register, visit runsignup.com/Race/IN/Huntington/HARTAweenZombieDash.