Jacksonville Fire Fighters Sponsor Kids Fitness Zombie Chase
October 29, 2013 – Just in time for Halloween, 1,500 kids aged 5-15 raced one mile through downtown Jacksonville, Florida, while trying to avoid being bitten (stickered) by zombies. The $10,000 in proceeds benefits the Shannon Miller Foundation, a charity organized by the former Olympian to combat childhood obesity.
Jacksonville, FL Local 122 was one of the event’s biggest sponsors. “Our members also had the opportunity to participate in the event, serving as core security,” says Local 122 Public Relations Director Mark Treglio. “Fire fighters made sure that the kids were staying on the route. Meanwhile, if the runners got too scared, they could turn to a fire fighter for help.”
Local 122 also donated T-shirts and gave out plastic fire helmets with the local’s web site on it to each of the runners.
For the race, parents and older siblings served as zombies. They jumped out of cars, from behind bushes and other hiding places to apply stickers to the racer’s bibs. The goal for the was to keep their bibs sticker free.