Run raises awareness for special cause

This Saturday marks the first annual Zombie Day in Tallahassee.

An event to support the Brain Injury Association of Florida was created by Rose Ledbetter. Participants can look forward to a day of wicked fun.

Zombie Day will consist of different activities for the youth of Tallahassee to enjoy. There will be a standard 5k run and a 3k chase with zombies that all participants can register for. Participants can begin registering at 8 a.m., the 5k starts at 9am and the 3k Chase begins at 10am.

Danielle Strickland, in charge of fundraising and collecting sponsors, really wants to attract college students.

“Anyone can participate,” she said. “We’re  happy to accept anyone who is interested. It would probably appeal mostly to college students. We’re hoping to get everyone involved.”

Participants can look forward to body painting where they can be painted as zombies and lots of great music from the DJ. Tallahassee Rollergirls, a well-known female roller derby league, will be there to enforce rules by shooting water guns during both races.

Dr. Brian Farrell, a local chiropractor, will be there to help runners stretch before each race. Leading both race as a celebrity runner will be City Commissioner Bryan Desloge

With over 52-hundred hits since their website has been posted six weeks ago and their commercial airing on local stations, Strickland is very optimistic about the Zombie Day’s turn out.

All proceeds will go towards the BIAF, a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to providing the only safety net for brain injury survivors and their families in Florida. 

BIAF is a program that helps Floridians get access to important resources and help.

The association was founded in 1985 and is Florida’s only statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to informing and supporting on behalf of traumatic brain injury survivors.

“No one is more excited about Zombie Day than we are,” Strickland gushed 

 Brianna McGregor, a senior education student from Jacksonville, said she and her friends are interested in seeing what excitement Zombie Day will bring.

“My friends and I are always looking for different fun and exciting things to do. And since it’s for a worthy cause I’ll round up some friends and go have some fun,” Clark said.

For each race awards will be given. All contestants are encouraged to wear costumes.The event will be held at Tom Brown Park at Pavilion 13.

For further information about Zombie Day and BIAF visit and