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Johnny CASA 5 Miler-5K Walk: 5-mile run and a 3.1 mile walk. Event open to individuals, families, groups and teams. Where: Southern VA CAC, 300 South Main St., Rocky Mount; When: 8:30 a.m.; Cost: $27-150; Contact: www.johnnycasa5miler-5kwalk.com, 484-5566, email@example.com
Friday, October 4, 2013
The three-minute black-and-white video begins with a female zombie looking ... hungry. As "Evil Eye" plays, zombie No. 1 and her zombie friends chase runner Johnny Nolen through the streets of Rocky Mount.
And so begins a new twist on Nolen's namesake race, the eighth-annual Johnny CASA 5-Miler and 5K Run/Walk, which will be held Oct. 12 at 8:30 a.m. in Rocky Mount. The event, which benefits the Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center, invites runners and walkers to come dressed in their best zombie attire.
"Change is good and refreshing," said Nolen, who's directing the race.
For the past seven years, the event had been held at LakeWatch Plantation in Moneta in mid-September.
"I decided to move the event to Rocky Mount to have something new, exciting and attempt to attract more runners from the Roanoke area who have not participated in our great race before," said Nolen.
In addition to the zombie theme and new location, Nolen has added a 5K run. The promotional video shows the race beginning on South Main Street (near Rocky Mount Christian Church) and finishing behind the Child Advocacy Center building off of State Street. The out-and-back course takes 5K runners and walkers to the turnaround at the Rocky Mount Police Department, while 5-mile participants run to Benjamin Franklin Middle School and back.
"The new course will prove to be fast with a downhill start and finish with a couple of rolling hills thrown in," said Nolen. "Our participants will have the opportunity to see the event's proud beneficiary, the Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center, which will host race-morning signup and the finish line for both the 5K and 5-miler."
Awards will be given for the top three overall male and female winners and male and female masters (those older than 40) in both races. There also will be age group awards and awards for best zombie costumes.
In the video, as Nolen approaches the race's finish line, the hungry zombies (played by Tara Holley; Stephanie Martin; Rob Prom; Emily Bowman; and Ethan, Shannon and Delaney Moran) ultimately catch up to him and devour his brains.
Nolen's son, Simon, who is a teacher at Community School in Roanoke, shot and produced the video, and while the video and the zombie theme are all in good fun, Nolen said, the ultimate goal of the race is to support the Child Advocacy Center and the children it serves.
According to its website, CAC is in its 20th year providing services for children. The non-profit's mission is to "promote the well-being of abused and neglected children through treatment, advocacy, prevention, and education."
CAC provides on-site medical evaluations, clinical assessment and treatment services, forensic interviews, state victim compensation claims filing, education and prevention, victim advocacy and victim case management. CAC's educational programs include WATCH: What About the Children Adult Education Program, Child and Caretaker Interaction Program, and the newest program, Darkness to Light - Stewards of Children, which is designed to teach the community how to recognize the signs of child abuse and how to report it.
For more information about the Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center, visit http://www.southernvacac.org. For information on the Johnny CASA 5-miler and 5K run/walk, and to see the video, visit http://www.johnnycasa5miler-5kwalk.com/Johnny_CASA.html or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/runners4kids.
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