FIRST-EVER ‘ZOMBIE BLOOD RUN’ TO BE HELD AT SANTA ANITA ON AUG. 17, 5K EVENT TO BENEFIT AMERICAN RED CROSS & ST. BALDRICK’S FOUNDATION

ARCADIA, Calif. (Aug. 8, 2013)—Santa Anita Park has announced that it will host its first-ever “Zombie Blood Run” 5k event on Saturday, Aug. 17, beginning at 9 a.m. Those who wish to participate can do so via three different categories: Runners can register for $50.00. Those who wish to join the fray as Zombie Performers, may do so for $30.00, and those wishing to observe the fun and frolic as Spectators, will be admitted for just $5.00.

In addition to 5k participation, the American Red Cross and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation (largest fundraiser for Children’s Cancer Research in America) will conduct a special raffle, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to each charity. Tickets will be available for purchase for $5.00 at the event. Contestants need not be present to win.

Raffle items will include unique autographed movie and horror memorabilia such as “Dawn of the Dead” posters, “Man of Steel” collectibles from blockbuster movie director Zack Snyder, and “Punisher War Zone” items from acclaimed director Lexi Alexander. Academy Award-winning Special Effects guru Robert Shore will also donate “Beetlejuice” collectibles and much more.

Runners will encounter an interactive zombie-themed obstacle course and they’ll have flesh-eating ghouls to contend with as they pursue the runners en route to the safety of the finish line--as they attempt to survive what is being described as “the attack of the undead.”

“Proceeds from this event will go to benefit two outstanding charities, the American Red Cross, San Gabriel Valley Chapter, and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation,” said Pete Siberell, Santa Anita Director of Community Services and Special Projects. “These Zombie Runs have become very popular and we’re hoping to have a lot of fun with this and raise money for a pair of great causes.”

Those interested in participating in the ZBR at Santa Anita are encouraged to sign in via Facebook, where they can see which of their friends have already signed up to participate.

“We are anticipating a group of about 1,200 people,” said Dirk Hagen, of Timberwolf Productions. “We are offering a five percent discount to all 626 Night Market Facebook followers, and we anticipate good participation from them. Additionally, for groups ordering 10 or more tickets, we are offering a 10 percent group discount.

“This event will be heavily promoted through social media and we’ll have celebrities like Zack Snyder (Director of Man of Steel, Dawn of the Dead and Watchmen, 300), Lexi Alexander (Punisher War Zone), and Eli Roth (Hostel, The Last Exorcism), tweeting about the event and they’ve all committed to support our charity raffle, which will be held the day of the ZBR.”

Tickets are now available. For more information and to register as a ZBR at Santa Anita participant, visit the WHAT YOU GET page at http://zombiebloodrun.com/, or call Timberwolf Productions, at (626) 823-2241.