Archive for April, 2012

Zombie Awareness International is proud to announce our first sponsorship.

A few months ago, we were approached by ZAI member David Marchbanks, asking if we could sponsor he and his friend Cameron Scholz for the Garmin Marathon in the Land of OZ, in Olathe, Kansas.

After speaking with them about their plans and what they had in mind, we agreed to sponsor them, and sent them a couple “ZAI Marathon Team” T-shirts.

It goes without saying that physical fitness is important no matter what, but will be paramount during the Zpoc, and these guys are getting ready. Here is some info on the guys. We are proud to call them ZAI members, and happy to support a couple guys who are dedicated to fitness in prep of the Zpoc, and who stick together when things get rough.

Name:

Cameron Scholz

Location:

Overland Park, Kansas/Pittsburg State University

Why ZAI for a sponsor?

Thought it was a cool group and what better group to sponsor a Marathon team than a Zombie Awareness Organization.

Is this your first marathon?

This is my first Marathon.

What have you been doing to train?

A lot of running (5 mile runs) and cardio activities (3 hours of soccer with my friends)

Why is fitness important to preparedness?

Obviously being fit is crucial. It is after all survival of the fittest.

Future marathon/event plans?

Definitely running the Oz Marathon next year. This year the goal is to finish next year it is to finish with a good time. Also we will probably find some 5ks and/or other marathons to run between now and then.

Name

David Marchbanks

Location

Overland Park, KS

Why ZAI for a sponsor?

Zombies are an interest of mine and i really like the group and how it is run, interesting.

Is this your first marathon?

Yes

What have you been doing to train?

Running daily, about 5-7 miles a day.

Why is fitness important to preparedness?

Whether it be staying on the move to get to a new campsite or running from zombies fitness will be vital during the ZPoc.

Future marathon/event plans?

I plan on running the OZ Marathon again next year.

Scholz ran the marathon in 6:04:55.90, and Marchbanks ran the marathon in 6:04:55.84, which turns out to be just under a 14 minute mile for the 26.2, and it also means like true battle buddies, they stuck together, which aside from running away from Zombies might just be the most important part of surviving the Zpoc. Marchbanks had some Achilles/tendon issues around mile 14, which slowed them down quite a bit, but like true ZAI peeps, they stuck together and pushed through it.

They said they got pretty positive feedback on the ZAI gear they wore during the run, which hopefully is enough to reach a few folks and get them thinking about the Zpoc.

ERIC

ZAI

Here are some photos of them representing:

Here they are with their shirts fresh out of the mailbox.

Scholz and Marchbanks sporting ZAI "Marathon Team" shirts getting ready for a little 26.2 mile jaunt.

Marchbanks and Scholz doing their thing on the marathon.

Scholz and Marchbanks crossing the finish line together after 6 hours of running. They stuck it out, kept moving and stayed together. Key components in a Zpoc survival situation. Great job guys!

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We had quite a few logos that we liked and had a hard time choosing the winners. Some of you are very talented and put together more than one logo for us. We had to disqualify a few for not following the rules, and one we didn’t post because it violated the copyrighted material rule. A couple were very good but we felt they were too complex to be a good logo. Thank you to everyone who submitted. Now here is the rundown of the winners.

#5 David Vallejo

#4 Aaron Gillihan

#3 Aaron Gillihan (again)

#2 Gary Rodosta

And the winner of our logo contest with our favorite of his entries is Aaron Gillihan.

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#1 Aaron Gillihan: This is our new logo!

Thanks again to everyone who participated. Thanks again to Kershaw Knives USA and Baen Books for their support and for prizes. Head over to their websites and show them some love and tell them ZAI sent you. We hope you enjoyed this contest. We will be contacting the winners via email to get your prizes to you. Stay tuned for the next contest down the line. For those who feel they aren’t creative, we plan on doing some giveaways in the future that will require as little from you as leaving a comment on the website. Until then, Semper Vigilans, Semper Paratus!