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Chilling characters ran the streets during a zombie 5K run in Port Royal, S.C., Oct. 27. All proceeds from the run were donated to the Child Abuse Prevention Association.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Brendan Roethel

Marines, residents participate in Zombie 5K

1 Nov 2013 | Lance Cpl. Brendan Roethel

Zombies and apocalypse survivors ran through the streets during the Eat Sleep Play Beaufort Zombie Run at the Naval Heritage Park in Port Royal, S.C., Oct. 27.

Various service members from the Tri-Command participated in and supported the event. The run, which benefited the Child Abuse Prevention Association, brought together more than 80 participants who were awarded for the fastest run times and most creative and scary costumes.

“I love getting Marines involved in events like the Zombie Run because the Tri-Command plays a major role in the community,” said Heather Flohr, an administrative assistant for CAPA. “Having Marines come out, dress like zombies and interact with the locals helped strengthen the bond between the two communities while raising support for CAPA.”

The Zombie Run served as a fun way to bring members of all walks of life together in raising awareness for child abuse and neglect. Events such as the run benefit the community by teaching people of all ages how they can help fight the destructive cycle of abuse.

“I love running and thought this would be a great event to bring my family, get involved in the local community and support a good cause,” said Maj. Steve Allshouse, the executive officer for Headquarters and Service Battalion aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. “I believe that the best way to benefit both the military and community is by reaching out to one another and showing our support. What better way to show our support than to get dressed up with a bunch of other people and run through the streets of Port Royal.”

Funds from the Zombie Run will be used to provide education and support programs for children and adults, and operate a shelter for abused and neglected children.

 “Events like the Zombie Run are so effective because anyone can come out, get dressed up and support the cause,” said Allshouse. “I highly encourage Marines to participate in these events, get to know the community, and it’s concerns, and have a good time.”