Zombie Run fundraiser will feature 10K run

The Thompson High School PTO will host a Zombie Run and Goblin Bash fundraiser at Larry Simmons Stadium on Friday, Oct. 28. (File)

The Thompson High School PTO will host a Zombie Run and Goblin Bash fundraiser at Larry Simmons Stadium on Friday, Oct. 28. (File)

FROM STAFF REPORTS

ALABASTER – The Thompson High School Parent Teacher Organization is hosting its first 5K Zombie Run and Goblin Bash on Friday, Oct. 28, at Larry Simmons Stadium beginning at 6 p.m., rain or shine. The PTO recently added a 10K run to the event.

This event consists of a 5k and a 10K run, both of which will begin and end at Larry Simmons Stadium. The course travels through Buck Creek Park at dusk. Runners are encouraged to dress as zombies, goblins or ghouls. There will be zombies along the course, as well, for a little extra excitement. Check-in begins at 6 p.m. and the race will begin at 6:30 p.m. Medals will be awarded to the top three runners in men, women and youth.

There is also a Goblin Bash during and after the 5K Zombie Run with a vendors fair, carnival games hosted by THS student organizations for zombies, ghouls and goblins of all ages at the stadium, as well as inflatables and concessions sponsored by the THS PTO. The Goblin Bash is from 6-9 p.m.

Early registration for the 5K Zombie Run began on Sept. 1, and is $25 for participants 12 and older, $20 for youth 6-11 and free for children 5 and younger. Registration fee for the 10K are $40 for participants 12 and older, $35 for youth 6-11 years old and free for children 5 and younger.

Runners can register on line at Active.com, or pick up a registration form at TrakShak or the THS office.

Late registration for runners 6 and older who register the day of the event is $30. Packet pick up is Thursday, Oct. 27 at the Thompson Intermediate School gym from 6-8 p.m. For more information about the 5K Zombie Run contact Jamia Williams-Alexander at jamia_w@yahoo.com.

Admission to the Goblin Bash is free, but carnival games and inflatables require a minimum of one ticket to participate. Goblin Bash game tickets will be sold at the gate for $1 per ticket. There will also be a costume contest for goblins newborn to 12 years old, with a one ticket entry fee. Proceeds from ticket sales will be split between the student organizations that host the carnival game. All other proceeds will go to THS PTO.

Local vendors (non-food) who would like to sell their wares during the Goblin Bash’s Vendor Fair are invited to purchase a retail booth space for a $25 fee. Food vendor booths are available for a $75 fee. All booths will be on a first come, first serve basis to avoid duplication of vendors brands/items.

Local businesses are invited to help sponsor this event by donating funds or items to help cover the cost of T-shirts, publication of promotional material, prizes for the carnival games, prizes for the costume contest, and up front concessions cost. Sponsors will be recognized on event T-shirts, at event on a sponsor board and in all event publications.

The THS PTO is a volunteer based organization supporting the students, teachers and schools in providing a quality education. Each year, the PTO provides $500 scholarships to up to four seniors, hosts AB Honor Roll Parties after each grading period, recognizes students with perfect attendance, provides two teacher’s grants of $300 each, host Teacher Appreciation Week for the teachers and staff at THS and stocks the teacher supply closet. Of course all efforts are dependent upon the success of the organization’s fundraising.