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Zombies run to preserve Buffalo Gap Historic Village

By Kristen Pope, Reporter, kpope@ktxs.com
Published On: May 04 2013 07:55:47 PM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

People in Abilene ran in the Second Annual Zombie Run Saturday morning.

The run was held to raise money to preserve the buildings in the Buffalo Gap Historic Village Buildings. Most of the buildings have been around for more than 100 years, including the chapel which still holds service once a month.

"We're currently raising money to preserve that," said Site Manager Heather Reed. "With time everything settles. New floorboards need to go in. The outside needs to be repainted and that's really critical because it's covered in lead paint so we want to make sure to take care of that in the proper way."

This year groups from Dyess, the National Guard and the US marines participated in the 5K. Children from local schools signed up for the one mile family fun run too. The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum partnered with the Village. They also set up a World War II camp at the finish line for runners to finish the race in a "safe zone" away from the zombies.

Retired Dyess Airman and zombie Brian Doremus said, "This has become our adopted home and so it's important for us to be part of it. Not just to live in, but to live with the people and do what we can to make the place better."

Close to 400 runners and more than 100 volunteers participated. The Village expects to raise between $10,000 to $15,000.