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Zombie Warrior Neon Race to Benefit Vallarta Families

May 19, 2016

The second annual Puerto Vallarta 'Zombie Warrior Neon Race' not only supports vulnerable families in the municipality, but also encourages local families to actively participate in events of this type.

Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico - The second edition of the 'Zombie Warrior Neon Race' will be held on the evening of Saturday, May 21. This fun-filled event with a cause supports various municipal DIF programs that provide food and other necessities to vulnerable families in Puerto Vallarta.

At a recent press conference held at Bar Pekado, Jorge Ramos, representing the Municipal Sports Council (COMUDE), reported that the event will be held in the Linear Park, which runs next to the Pitillal River, starting at Francisco Medina Ascencio Avenue.

Here's where the Fun comes in:

At registration, each participant will receive a competition kit that consists of a commemorative t-shirt, a race number, a neon bracelet and sunglasses, a flashlight, a "life" belt and neon paint to prepare for the race.

Racers will then be divided up into the following categories: a two kilometers long run for Kids ages 12-14 that begins at 8:30 pm; and a five kilometers race for Elite (15-25 years) and Veteran (over 36 years) runners, which starts at 9:00 pm.

Along the way, participants will encounter around 35 "zombies" who will try to take the runners' "lives" (colored cloths attached to the runners' "life" belts). Those who finish the race with the most "lives" will be declared the winners.

The winner of the Elite category will take home a cash prize of $1000 pesos, second place will get $750, and third $500 pesos. Winners of the first three places in the Children's and Veteran's categories will receive in kind prizes. Everyone who cross the finish line will get a medal.

Here's where the Cause comes in:

Since this event benefits Puerto Vallarta DIF programs, in addition to paying the $250 pesos registration fee, each participant will be required to donate a nonperishable product - such as canned tuna, beans, chick peas, corn, mixed vegetables, tomato sauce, soups, salt, oil, coffee, milk powder, baby food, oatmeal, cornmeal, oil, cereals, juices, beans, rice, sugar, even toilet paper and diapers - in order to receive their race kit.

The director of DIF, Sara Maria Chavez Medina, thanked COMUDE for organizing an event that not only supports vulnerable families in the municipality, but also encouraging families to actively participate in events of this type. "With more people participating, more nonperishable products will reach more needy families in Puerto Vallarta. We invite all locals and visitors to come out and have fun - for a good cause."

Organizers expect that another 50 competitors will join the 350 people (including 20 foreigners) who have already registered for the race.

The press conference was also attended by COMUDE administrator Ana Margarita Lepe Ruelas; the president of the Municipal Athletics League, Francisco Ortiz; and representatives of the sponsoring companies: Aga and Energy Wellness Center.