By James C. Malphrus
#NVR here to tell you about this past weekend and writing from the front lines of Albany’s very own Zombie Apocalypse. For The Kattalistt it all started a week early with our KattaCache 2012, Zombie Survival Training; A Geocache Scavenger Hunt. We are pleased to announce that Janet Slappey won with 37 Caches logged in the 5 day period.
But when it comes to Zombie Apocalypse fun the weekend of October 26th was what it was all about. For me, Friday night came and I could feel the wire against me. Two months of heavy planning and a publicity stunt that felt like it was on shaking ground because of poor communication and flaring tempers. But the wire held and the plan came together. In one sweeping moment that took a lot of improv Flava N Motion, Darton, and Dangerous Entertainment worked together to give the final Deck of Arts show a special touch. With zombie MJ dancing to the beat of his very own Thriller track you could feel the crowd getting into the spirit of the event and with that we were ready for the main course.
Saturday morning brought green grits and sausage fingers at Our Daily Bread. And just after breakfast the race was on. The River Walk became a beehive of activity, obstacles were being placed, water stations were being set up, and Zombies were getting into character. Everywhere you looked volunteers were buzzing at the bit to get the course set for our 1 PM start time while The G and S Experience, Lo Cast, and Doghead energized the crowd before, during and after the race. We had volunteers from The Downtown Arts Coalition, Makerspace, The Kattalistt, The Navy Reciters Office, The Lee County NJROTC, Junior Beta Club and a whole slew of other organizations on hand to make this event a tremendous success.
For our part The Kattalistt Brought 188 gallons of water to be distributed to zombies, runners, attendees, and volunteers throughout the day. We have to thank our sponsors for making that possible. Without the help of Adventure Dive Center, Bayous, Moe’s, Powersport Plus, BioBuzz, Genesis Emporium, Swift Automotive, Sam’s and Ezee Copy someone could have become severely dehydrated.
As 1 PM quickly approached it was a rush to get all the zombies into position and the runners to the starting line. With nearly 350 runners and 30 zombies this was to be a race worth remembering. We have to congratulate Jacob Gonzalez and Paisley Greene, who were the first male and female competitors to cross the finish line with both of their life flags. And congratulations also go out to Tiffany McCoullough who was the Zombie who collected the most life flags throughout during the race.
After the race we spent a little time unwinding and then The Zombie After(life) Party kicked off at 8:30 PM in the Barcode. Jrodigy, Torq, PFE and Wampus Creek rocked the downtown establishment and great fun was had by all.
Now we look forward to the months and years ahead planning is already starting for a number of events on the horizon. Some are near, Like the Mission:Change Sleep Out on November 9th and the D’town Arts Coalition’s Super Fancy art show on November 17th. Others maybe in the far horizon like the River Zombie Race for your life 2013. But I can say that as those that will, The Kattalistt will be there, I hope you will join us.