Medical students from the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine will register participants for the first annual Reach Out of the Grave 5K fundraiser on Tuesday, September 18, noon to 3 p.m., at the Wright State University Student Union.
The Halloween charity 5K will be Saturday, October 27, at 8 a.m., at White Hall on the campus of Wright State University. The fundraiser benefits Reach Out of Montgomery County, a free clinic that provides health care access to the uninsured and underinsured population of Dayton and surrounding areas. The proceeds from the 5K event will enable Reach Out to expand its physical therapy department to better serve patients who suffer from mobility constraints and mobility-related injuries.
The goal for runners is simple—survive. Those who wish to attempt to elude the “zombies” will receive a three-flag belt to be worn throughout the race. Volunteer “zombies” will run along the length of the course and will “infect” race participants by stealing flags before runners reach the finish line. Survivors who make it to the finish line with one or more flags left can trade them in for free raffle tickets that can be used to win items in the after-party raffle. Those who lose all three of their flags will finish the race as an “infected human.”
The race will conclude with an after-party at White Hall where race participants and members of the community can unwind, have fun and partake in the charitable raffle.
In addition, there will be a trick-or-treat area set up for children, who can wear their Halloween costumes. Food and drinks donated from local restaurants and businesses will be available for event participants and volunteers, subject to availability. The C’est Cheese food truck, a mobile gourmet grilled cheese vendor, also will be at the 5K event.