MORRISONVILLE — It seemed more like early evening than morning under an overcast sky as bright orange and yellow leaves fell from the trees lining the winding dirt road and onto the heads of hungry zombies.
They hid just off the lonely road, some crouching behind fallen rock walls, others breathing heavily, waiting as the oblivious runners approached.
Then, just as the first group of 10 or less crossed their path, they erupted from the forest and grabbed the racer’s pink flags, growling as some runners employed football fakes to escape unscathed, shrieking as they quickened their pace.
“We love chasing people in the woods, and we like to help out the community,” said Kyle Kelly, a Plattsburgh State student, member of the school’s baseball team and zombie for a day. “We do a lot of community service events.”
Hundreds gathered at Medicine Horse Farm in Morrisonville for the Monster Dash 5k and Goblin Gallup Kids Fun Run. The event was held to help raise funds for an indoor arena to help benefit the facility’s therapeutic programs.
“Last year the event helped raise funds for a heating system,” said Marie Postiglione-Dupell, who owns Medicine Horse Farm, a nonprofit organization and PATH International Center dedicated to serving those with physical, medical and emotional disabilities.
Medicine Horse promotes physical wellness and emotional healing in partnership with horses.
PATH International was founded in 1969 to promote safe and effective therapeutic riding for the handicapped throughout the United States and Canada. It has nearly 800 member centers and more than 6,300 individual members worldwide who help more than 42,000 men, women and children with special needs yearly through a variety of equine-assisted activity and therapy programs.
The 5k course consisted of a wooded cross country trail system, while the 1-mile Goblin Gallup course took children through a corn maze and enchanted forest cross country trail system.