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Now in its third year, Peninsula College’s annual Pirate Zombie Mud Run promises to be the best race to date. A lot of people don’t like running, some people don’t like the mud and most breathing people don’t like zombies, but when you put them all together people love it.
The idea for the Pirate Zombie Mud Run started with PC President, Dr. Luke Robins sending Rick Ross, Allie Potter and myself a link to a college that did a small zombie run on their campus. When we saw this, we took it as a challenge and ran with it. We couldn’t simply do a little run, it had to be a 5k, and it had to have obstacles and mud, and somehow we needed real zombies; still working on that part.
We thought if we were going to do this, we were going to do it full force. We presented the idea to the ASC and they loved the idea so much that they have been helping fund the race ever since.
The first year we presented our proposal to the college they asked us to do a trial run only open to students to work some kinks out and make sure the zombies played nice. We learned a lot about running a race of this size that first year when we had 83 students sign up.
As with any race, there are a lot of moving parts. We built the majority of the obstacles ourselves and worked with the welding and green building classes to build our first 10 primitive obstacles. The zombies the first year were volunteer students who didn’t want to run the race but wanted to participate in the festivities. The first year was a success and only made us want to do it again the next year for the community.
The 2015 race was open to the public and the pressure was on. We had to step up our game: more mud, more zombies, bigger and better obstacles. The ASC doubled their contribution in order to make a few signature obstacles. Pat Nickerson’s green building classes and Jeramie O’Dell’s welding classes built three major obstacles for us that year; the ramp to the 6000-gallon water tank, a 14-ft high tire climbing wall and the piece de resistance: a 65-ft water slide down the middle of campus. When the campus came out the morning of the slide construction and saw what we were doing, the looks on their faces said that I might need to start looking for employment somewhere else, fortunately I was allowed to keep my job. The slide was key to the success of the event and the college helped with making sure it was safe and appropriately staffed. The event was a hit with 220 participants, 15 obstacles, and six zombie zones. The only blood spilled was from those who were already dead.
This year we have set the bar even higher and will work ourselves into a zombie like state if necessary to make it a success. We are going to be adding two more signature obstacles, which will be revealed closer to race day, and due to the construction of the new Allied Health and Early Childhood Education building our course will have to be altered slightly from last year providing even more opportunities for a fun and challenging course. The goal is to double our attendance and make this event a staple at the college and in the community of Port Angeles.
There is something in the race for the serious competitor and for those who want to simply have fun and enjoy the adrenalin that comes from running from zombies. There is even something for the younger creepy crawlies with time to play on the slide and a few small obstacles at the front of campus. Come run, walk or crawl with the undead around Peninsula College Campus, enjoy a few challenging obstacles, and get a little muddy. Tickets will be sold online through the Peninsula College bookstore. See you May 7th at the race!
PC’s third annual Pirate Zombie Mud Run offers bigger obstacles, better mud and more zombies than you can shake a stick at! Participate if you dare in a freakishly fun 5k obstacle course on the Peninsula College Campus! There is something in the race for the serious competitor and for those who want to simply have fun.
Choose your race:
Youth 8-14 9:30AM Race Time
Partial Course 4k (avoiding valley and river) $30
Kids 7 and Under 11:30AM Race Time
Creepy Crawler Course and Slide $10
Adults 15+ 1:00PM Race Time
Full 5k Course $40
Parents or chaperones can run in the youth race with children ages 8-14 by paying the youth price of $30. Must be 15 or older to enter the adult race- no exceptions. High school, middle school, AAU and youth team pricing for groups of 6 or more available. Contact Jeremiah Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Day-of sign up begins at 8:30 AM. Price go up $10 for race day registration. Participants must sign up online or at the College before April 15 for a guaranteed shirt size. Ticket prices include admission fee, timing chip and a Pirate Zombie T-shirt.
Get your tickets today through the Peninsula College Bookstore bookaneer.pencol.edu in the “Merchandise” tab under tickets.
Please check in 1 hour prior to the start of your race to be assigned to a group and receive a timing chip. Food and beverages can be purchased on site from local vendors. Come run, walk or crawl with the undead around Peninsula College Campus, enjoy challenging obstacles, and get a little muddy.
Jeremiah Johnson was lucky enough to have been born and raised in Huntsville, Utah where his family still lives, and has for three generations. He attended Peninsula College from 2009-2011 as a student and ASC President and played for the men’s basketball team and was part of the 2011 NWAC Championship team. He met his wife Danika Goodwin, now Johnson, while attending Peninsula where she played on the women’s basketball team. They were married August of 2011 and moved to Henniker, New Hampshire where both finished their basketball careers at New England College.
Jeremiah was hired as Activities Coordinator at PC in 2013. He does not enjoy long romantic walks on the beach. He’d rather be swimming in the water rather than walking next to it. In his spare time, he enjoys bee keeping, woodworking and doing pretty much anything that requires him to think, be outside and takes a little work. Though it’s been said by others before him, Jeremiah believes he’s the luckiest guy around. “I work in a beautiful area, at a great school with great people and for a boss that is like no other. I have the most beautiful wife, the dumbest dog and I get paid to work around sports and participate in student activities. “