Part of the reason we supported turning over of the management of Gibson Ranch to the Doug Ose forprofit organization was that they brought entrepreneurial ideas to generate income for the park’s operation.
This Halloween season run, profiled by the Sacramento Press, is exactly the kind of event all parks should be doing, and Gibson Ranch is.
“Thousands of people attended the Running Dead Zombie Mud Run at Gibson Ranch on Saturday, Oct. 20. The event received mostly positive reviews, but a few issues drew complaints from participants via social media.
“Runners in the 5K race wore flag-football belts, and tried to dodge “zombies” aiming to yank the flags off. To be eligible for prizes, participants had to make it through the obstacle- and mud-filled course with at least one of their flags still on.
“This was the inaugural Zombie Mud Run, and the large crowd led to long lines and delayed start times. Once the race did begin (I was with the first wave that set out at around 9:20 a.m.), it was mostly smooth sailing, although some issues – like the lack of midcourse water stations – were a surprise to many, especially considering the $75 registration fee.”