Zombies running for C.A.M.P

Red Clay Brewing Company is hosting a Zombie Beer Run to benefit C.A.M.P. Photo Credit Red Clay.
Red Clay Brewing Company is hosting a Zombie Beer Run to benefit C.A.M.P. Photo Credit Red Clay.

This Saturday, downtown Opelika will be overrun by zombies and humans. Red Clay Brewing Company will be hosting a Zombie Beer Run on Oct. 15 to raise money for Central Alabama Mountain Pedalers, C.A.M.P.

Participants will meet at Red Clay on Saturday morning and will run the mile-long trail through downtown.

Humans, who are wearing red flags, enter Red Clay in groups of 20. After having a beer at the bar, they run out the back door of the bar towards Niffer’s. Zombies are then brought into bar to have a drink in groups of 20 and then run out the back chasing the humans.

Zombies will be chasing humans all over the downtown area. After leaving Red Clay, humans and zombies will run to Niffer’s, James Bros. Bikes, Cafe 123, Zazu and then back to the bar.

Along the route there will be several weapon caches for humans to use to defend themselves from the zombies. There will be buckets full of water balloons humans can use to throw at zombies said Kerry McGinnis, owner and founder of Red Clay.

When a human hits a zombie, they die. The zombie has to freeze where they are for a few seconds before resuming the chase. As humans are being chased by zombies they are trying to protect their red flag. If a zombie grabs a human’s flag the human is now a zombie.

The zombie at the end with the most flags and the humans with the best time are the winners.

Tickets are available online for $25 and will be available the morning of the race for $30.

“Participants sign up to be either a zombie or a human,” said McGinnis.

With the purchase of their ticket, humans and zombies will receive a T-shirt, beer before the race and food catered by Niffer’s.

“The more people who sign up online the better,” said McGinnis. “It helps us be more organized.”

Money from the event will be donated to C.A.M.P., a non-profit organization that builds multi-purpose trails in Auburn and Opelika.

“We love that organization,” said McGinnis.

C.A.M.P receives most of its funds through grants and is told how to spend the money.

The money they receive from Red Clay and the beer run, can be used how they see fit.

“We hope to have a wonderful time and raise a lot of money for C.A.M.P,” said McGinnis.



On the Tracks returns

“On the Tracks,” Opelika’s biannual food and wine event hosted by Opelika Main Street, returns Oct. 7 to provide people with a new and exciting way to experience downtown Opelika.

Photo credit: On the Tracks
On the Tracks gives people a new way to experience Downtown Opelika. Photo credit: On the Tracks

“It’s the perfect way to experience downtown all at one time,” said Pam Powers-Smith, director of Opelika Main Street.

Guests are given a map with 28 different downtown retail stores mapped out. Guests follow the trail from store to store to sample food and wine and beer.

Retail stores partner with restaurants or artisan food vendors, like Niffer’s and Hot Damn Pepper Jelly Co., to provide guests with good food to sample on their tour.

Almost Anything, The Gallery on Railroad, Envy Salon, Coveted Closet and Taylor Made Designs are just a few of the stores participating in the event this year. Guests will also enjoy a tasting at Red Clay Brewery Company and John Emerald Distillery.

“The indescribable atmosphere down here,” said Powers-Smith, is what makes Opelika’s “On the Tracks” special.

Relationships with store owners are made while guests take their time to browse through the stores. During the event, guests can take their time to see what downtown Opelika has to offer, an opportunity many may not get during the work week.

Main Street has also made several different changes to the event this year.

“There will be a change in the look down on the street,” Powers-Smith said.

In years past there has been individual white tents along Railroad Avenue to provide guests with a place to rest. This year the individual tents will be gone.

This year there will be a big, white tent in the middle of downtown with places for people to take a break during their tour and enjoy the live music. Groups can purchase group tables and enjoy the event with friends.

A VIP ticket option has also been added. This ticket includes: the tasting, a parking spot, access to the party tent and store discount tickets.

On the Tracks started 13 years ago as an effort to draw people into downtown Opelika. The event was only offered in the spring but because of the success, 13 years ago Main Street added the fall tour.

The money Main Street receives from the event is put back into downtown Opelika. The money goes to help with beautification, landscaping and maintenance of the downtown area.

Tickets can be purchased in person at The Gallery on Railroad Avenue or at www.onthetracks.org. Basic tickets are $25 and VIP tickets are $40. Group tables are also available for purchase.