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Noon Rotary Holds 3rd Annual Running Dead Zombie Run

October 16, 2017       Leave a Comment
By: Stephen Kent

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Saturday dawned a bit cold, damp, and dreary, but what could be better for a ZOMBIE RUN through the Enchanted Sugar Trails on the Middle Grounds?

Saturday's event was the third annual Zombie Run sponsored by the (noon) Rotary Club of Bay City. Started as an experiment, the popularity of the event has kept it going and made it one of the club's major fundraisers of the year.

The noon Rotary has a long tradition of giving back to the community. One of the many major projects was funding the first year of the first Youth Librarian position with the Bay County library system. Other projects have included historic kiosks in the downtown area, the new Family Y, and the Bay City Players.

Each year the noon Rotary gives $10,000 as community grants. The focus has been youth and education with half a dozen awards being given in each six-month cycle. Any organization is welcomed to submit grant requests.

Through Rotary International, the club supports health, sanitation, and education efforts worldwide. A major effort by Rotary and partners like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been the eradication of polio from the world. Millions upon millions of dollars have been spent and today there are only a few areas where polio is still found.

Of the funds raised by the Zombie Run, the first $5,000 is earmarked for the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy (SBLC) to support efforts in the local area. Additional funds will go to the club's own foundation where they are used for many projects including the community grants.

The SBLC partners with the club for the Zombie Run. The Sugar Trails were a project of Monitor Sugar and the SBLC.

Also helping with the project is "Face the FX", the student makeup club operated by the Friends of the Historic Masonic Temple. Face the FX, a Rotary community grant recipient, has been at each of the Zombie Runs. The event usually coincides with the Haunted Masonic Temple, which runs on the three October weekends prior to Halloween. With the Zombie Run starting at 6:30 AM, and the Haunted Temple running until midnight, it's a long day for the FX kids! Face the FX offers special effects makeup classes to local kids age 8 to 18. For information visit

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. More than 1.3 million Rotarians belong to over 32,000 Rotary clubs in nearly 200 countries.

The main objective of Rotary is service. Rotarians develop service projects that address many of today?s most critical issues such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence. Rotarians also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and professionals, and vocational and career development.

For information on becoming a Rotarian, visit the club web site or visit

The committee and make-up crew arrived early on race day.

Member of the "Face The FX" makeup club volunteered their time and skill
to provide makeup for any and all wannabe zombies.

"Make an angry face like this"...
Kelley Kent, founder of Face the FX shows a young zombie
how to make a face to emphasize the makeup.

Yeah, that's how it's supposed to work!

Even "adult" zombies are impressed by that look.

Is he smiling? Zombie's don't smile!

Realtor Frank Janca sits for his traditional "Joker" makeup

First prizes were chocolate zombie faces provided by The Sweet Boutique

The kids table was prepared early for the large number of young zombies
that always crawl out for this event.

Seth Rosencrantz, an experienced member of Face the FX,
adds the fine touches to a young zombie.

This may be a fun run for many, but it's still a serious event for the
many hard-core runners who expect times to be accurately recorded.

The course map helped runners plan their attach on the
zombie infested woods of the Sugar Trail.

When the race got going there was a constant stream of the running dead
heading from the pavilion at the north end of the island
to the Sugar Trails south of the bridge.

Bystanders just had to get a look at THAT pack!

Following the yellow trail, the runners, and walkers, approach the Sugar Trails.

Mike Bacigalupo and Zak Brannigan were on hand to keep things running smoothly

Pastor Andreas Teich welcomed runners at the entrance to the enchanted woods.

Once in the woods trails were well marked and guides waited at each fork to point the way.

Pastor Teich points the way home to those who made it through the woods.

snacks and medals await runners at the finish line.

After the run: water, fruit, medals and awards

A zombie pirate shows off her medal

Cindy Chadwick just laughs at the idea that she'll let Bob come home with that face.

They may act like zombie's but those are the faces of a good time.

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Steve Kent and his family have lived in Bay City for 40 years. He is VP of Technical Services at MMCC which produces MyBayCity.Com. Kent is active in many Bay City civic organizations.

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