Halloween in Blanding might never be the same after last weekend's First Annual Zombie Run! 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run transformed some of the city's streets, including the street in front of Blue Mountain Hospital into an enormous spook alley!
On Saturday, October 31, Blue Mountain Hospital and San Juan County EMS sponsored the first annual Zombie 5k and trunk or treat event that included a 5k race, with zombies chasing runners, and a 1-mile fun run. According to Cari Spillman, one of the event's organizers from Blue Mountain Hospital, approximately 150 runners participated, along with an array of fire trucks, ambulances and helicopters.
"We set out to create an event that would involve the community and give kids a safe place to enjoy some Halloween activities, and also involve the parents," Spillman explained.
Besides the treats offered at the Trunk or Treat portion of the event, there was plenty of food and other goodies, like free chili and cinnamon rolls, Dave's Wood Fired Pizza, cotton candy and a lot more. The trunk or treat was a big hit with an estimated 700 trunk or treaters attending, along with their families.
"We plan to hold the Zombie Run again next year and we hope to make it bigger and better," Spillman added. "We appreciate the help of all of our vendors and participants."
Those who helped or donated items include:
Blue Mountain Hospital, Packard Wholesale, Wells Fargo, Redd's Ace Hardware, Classic Lifeguard, Energy Fuels, Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, Four Corners Orthodontics, UNHS Dental, UNHS Blanding Family Practice Community Health Center, Ensignal/Verizon, Seely's Super Splash, Eagle Air Med, Blanding Fire, Blanding City Recreation, Blanding City, Blanding Police Department, San Juan County Sheriff's Office, 4 Corners Adventures. Subway, San Juan High School Cross Country and HOSA, Cedar Mesa Products, San Juan County Public Health Department, San Juan Health Services, Courtesy Loans, Dave's Wood Fired Pizza, Country Comfort LLC, San Juan Credit Union, GetGo Signs, Grafixs, & Apparel and Clarks Market.
"We feel like this was a great success and we are already making plans for next year," Spillman said. "Thanks again to our vendors and supporters of this event. We hope to see you next year!"