NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Friday's zombie run was eerily pleasant; not one arrest and only a couple of injuries were reported. Not bad for an event with 1,500 actual participants and between 3,000-5,000 spectators in the small town of Ghent.
Event organizer Whitney Metzger told WAVY.com she's "very happy that everyone behaved themselves and that they were respectful to others."
Metzger told WAVY.com one person suffered a broken wrist and another person suffered a broken ankle due to running in an urban area, but all-in-all, the first ever zombie run was a monstrous hit.
"I never have seen anything like it in my life," Metzger added. "It was the most amazing thing."
Metzger also said the event unofficially broke the Guinness World Record for the largest organized game of tag. A volunteer has filed a claim with Guinness World Records. They should hear back in the next couple of weeks. The current record is 416.
In the span of just four days, Metzger said they raised a little over $5,000, but after paying off the expenses, they will have between $1,100 and $1,300 in proceeds for charity. They should have close to $2,000 when all the money is collected.
Metzger said she had to pay for police officers, waiver costs, insurance, road blocking, and supplies, as well as labor for the event. The biggest expense was paying the off-duty officers to the tune of $2,600.
"I would love to see more streets blocked off next year," Metzger added.
She is still waiting to hear back from other businesses that pledged donations, but organizers plan to bring the event back next year.
"We can't stop now," Metzger said. "We have so much support behind us. We have so much enthusiasm."
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