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C-NS students organize zombie 5K run to benefit Food Bank

Zombies will chase runners at Oneida Shores for the first-ever Hallowrun for Hunger on Oct. 20, put on by C-NS sophomores Liz Westfall and Megan Cuculich. For more information, visit hallowrun.com.

Zombies will chase runners at Oneida Shores for the first-ever Hallowrun for Hunger on Oct. 20, put on by C-NS sophomores Liz Westfall and Megan Cuculich. For more information, visit hallowrun.com.

— “We always do pasta parties before a big race, and we bring pasta in for the Food Bank. We do a lot of runs that help charities,” Cuculich said. “It seemed like a natural thing to do.”

So the girls, with Veronica Westfall’s help and that of several fellow C-NS students, started working to get the 5K off the ground. They sought a venue, corporate sponsors and vendors, set up a website, mapped out a route, did photo shoots, put together promotional materials and more, putting in hundreds of hours to pull together the race.

“We’ve still got a lot more to do, but it’s pretty fun,” Cuculich said.

In keeping with the Halloween tradition, they decided to add zombies to the course, a popular element at many recent races. The spooks will be played by C-NS students, and their makeup will be done by a student makeup team led by student makeup artist Josh DiFabio.

Without the support from the students and staff at C-NS, Liz Westfall said the race would never have gotten off the ground.

“Nearly everyone I talked to at the beginning said we would never be able to do this because it was just too big of a project for a bunch of kids,” she said. “Ellie Peavey at the C-NS Optimist Club was the first person who really encouraged me to just go for it. She even gave us our first TV advertising when she and I appeared on ‘Bridge Street’ together. Their motto is bringing out the best in kids, and they really do that.”

Westfall and Cuculich recognize how fortunate they are, not only to have the support of their peers and teachers, but to have enough food on the table when so many people have to go without.

“It’s sad to know some people go to bed starving,” Cuculich said.

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