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Zombie Run Will Invade Davenport's Credit Island


Quad City runners are going to have the brain hungry undead chasing after them during the 5k Zombie Run. It's a race that's brand new to the Quad Cities and it's for a good cause.

Zombies are everywhere, they're on TV, they're in the movies and now they're coming to the Quad Cities.

"It will take place through the woods, the mud and all the nice, creepy places they have here at Credit Island," says race organizer Rod Keding.

Keding and his sons got the idea for the Zombie Run after similar races started popping up all over the country.

"We thought why not do one here and why not do one for a better cause than Special Olympics, which my son is an athlete in," adds Keding.

Keding's son Bradley is autistic. He plays basketball and other sports in the Special Olympics.

"It's a complete change, he gets so excited and he lights up," says Keding, "It's just so nice to see him involved in something like that, he just enjoys it so much."

Participating in the Special Olympics is expensive, which is why part of the Zombie Run proceeds will go to the organization.

"The cost to have the buses and arranged transportation is just huge," says Keding, "Plus, there's the cost for accommodations and to make sure all these athletes have exactly what they need."

Making sure athletes, like Bradley, get what they need means an interactive 5k race.

Runners will receive a flag football type belt with 8 flags and race through obstacles.

"Around those obstacles will be a group of zombies and their sole purpose is just to take your flag," adds the race organizer, "However, they'll also be placed throughout the course, hidden through different areas where they'll surprise you and try to take your belt."

If you make through the race around Credit Island with at least one flag you'll receive a medal..

"You'll have the honor of saying I survived," says Keding.

However, if the zombies get all your flags than you won't have that honor.

"Unfortunately, you'll be infected and you'll slowly start turning into a zombie," adds Keding.

However, no matter how good your survival skills are the winners of the race are the athletes headed to the Special Olympics.

"We thought what better way to support an event than to put on a race like this," says Keding.

If you want to race with the undead, the zombie run is April 13th at 9am. To sign up click here.

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