ETSU’s Tri-Hall Field was briefly overrun with the undead on Saturday, October 15 as the Physical Therapy Club hosted the 3rd annual Zombie Run 5K.

Megan Morton, Head Chair of the event, was very pleased with the turnout.

“We had 24 people sign up but we have had so many walk-ins today,” Morton said.

She said that there were both faculty members as well as undergraduate students participating in the run.

Morton said the 5K was hosted by the Physical Therapy Club as part of an initiative to raise money for local food banks.

“All proceeds of today’s event go to 2nd Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee,” Morton said.

Not only was the event a great opportunity for members of the community to get out and exercise, but it also helped raise awareness for National Physical Therapy Month.

“October is National Physical Therapy Month and today is actually National Physical Therapy Day of Service which is why we decided to hold this run today,” Morton said.

The run was very successful as everyone from young kids to adults ran across campus to escape from event volunteers that were dressed as zombies. Participants ran with pieces of caution tape around their waist, with the goal of making it back to the start/finish line without the zombies catching them to take it all.  

Once they were finished with the run, participants all joined together to take part in a pizza party and awards ceremony while upbeat Halloween music played in the background.

The Physical Therapy Club is optimistic that they will be able to throw another Zombie 5K next year. To receive more details about upcoming Physical Therapy Club events, visit