Chilling Halloween zombie run puts student fitness to the test

Posted by ap507 at Oct 24, 2014 09:50 AM |
University of Leicester students, staff and alumni to dress as the living dead for 5km fitness run on Friday 31 October

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office on 24 October

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The shambling hordes of the undead will rise from their graves and take to the streets once more at a University of Leicester event encouraging students, staff and alumni to dress up as zombies for a Halloween run on Friday 31 October – the scariest night of the year.

The spooky run, supported by the University’s Sports Centre, has been designed to help students stay active in a fun and social way by dressing in zombie attire and running – or lumbering - around Victoria Park, near the University of Leicester campus.

Participants will be invited to run either 2.5 or 5 kilometers in full zombie garb and a prize will be awarded to the individual with the most convincing costume.

Lewis Jones, Sport Development Officer at the University of Leicester’s Sports Centre, said: “We hope that putting a twist on a bog standard running event will help make students want to come out and join us. We all know students like to dress up so this is a perfect opportunity to do this whilst doing a small bit of exercise thrown in.

“Whether they sprint, run, jog or walk either distance, we just want the students to get involved because no matter how they get round the route they have still come out and done some physical activity which is all we wish for. Hopefully seeing an event like this will make the students want to come to other events which we put on here at the University.”

Melanie Wright, Senior Wellbeing Advisor at the Sports Centre, added: “A healthy body is just as important as a healthy mind. We welcome members of the University to come and join us in the mayhem and madness on the day in order to raise awareness about the importance of fitness.”

Attendees will meet at the foyer of the Charles Wilson Foyer on the University’s campus at 6:45pm where they will fill in a health questionnaire before the official event begins at 7:00pm at Victoria Park, Leicester.

The zombie run event is available to students, staff and alumni of the University of Leicester and will take place on Friday 31 October.


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