ZOMBIE Invasion at Walk/Bike/Run Event

ZOMBIE attack!! Edgewood Homes was invaded by zombies on Saturday, August 17th for the 2nd Annual ZOMBIE Walk/Bike/Run. Nearly 100 participants of all ages enjoyed a morning of zombie face painting, games, activities and snacks.

This year’s event also marked the opening of Edgewood’s Born Learning and ZOMBIE Trails. The Born Learning Trail is a United Way and Douglas County Community Foundation funded project that highlights a trail of games, activities, and learning for families and their young children. Families are encouraged to tell a story, hopscotch, and enjoy some playtime together!

The recently designated ZOMBIE Trail is a part of the Douglas County Housing, Inc. ZOMBIE Health Initiative and includes the inner loop of Edgewood Homes. By walking, biking or running this loop twice, residents will know they have traveled nearly one mile. Signs funded by the Kansas Health Foundation mark the trail and provide helpful health and wellness tips. The trail is contained within the neighborhood and safe for individuals of any age to use!

Below, members of the ZOMBIE Club, a Topeka Community Foundation funded health and wellness club for youth, show off their best zombie impressions on the trail.

Several organizations throughout Lawrence attended this event, giving families a variety of ways to be active and make healthy choices together. Safe Kids distributed over 50 bicycle helmets to youth throughout the community.

Success by 6, Tiny-K, Head Start, Douglas County Child Development Association and Parents as Teachers provided games and information to young children and their parents.

The LOL Family Zone hosted a challenge course for little zombies.

Lawrence Public Library signed families up for library cards and hosted a reading tent.

K-State Research and Extension had a snack station where children and their parents could assemble a healthy snack.

Representatives from the Lawrence Community Theatre provided zombie make up and face painting.

PLAY from the University of Kansas Applied Behavioral Science Department encouraged participants to play street tennis. They have also partnered with DCHI to encourage youth to utilize activities they enjoy to stay active this fall.

The Lawrence Fire Department provided tours of their fire truck, helped fit youth with bicycle helmets and participated in a game of soccer.

Staff from Douglas County Housing, Inc. and the Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority would like to thank these organizations for helping make this event a success!

Thank you to teens in the Full Circle Youth Program for assistance painting the Born Learning Trail and volunteering at the ZOMBIE Walk/Bike/Run!

Tagged: community, fitness, youth, health

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