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A bloody good time for Bonfils

Vampire 5K raises goose bumps, funds for donation centers

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Hundreds of people running for their lives from packs of bloodthirsty vampires may sound like a nightmare, but for Lauren Jones, organizer of the 2017 Vampire 5K at Flat Acre Farms in Parker on Sept. 30, it's a dream come true.

Jones and her husband Scott host a number of fun runs to benefit local nonprofits around the Front Range, but it's been five years since the last vampire-themed event in Littleton. This year's five-kilometer, noncompetitive fundraiser will raise awareness and funds for an appropriate beneficiary: Bonfils Blood Center.

“They found out about us at the last one, and we all thought it was a good partnership with the vampire theme,” Jones said. “Now is the time to bring it back to life.”

Flat Acre Farms in Parker will host the event just after the opening of its Fall Festival, featuring family activities that tie in with the fun run's spooky theme. Costumes are encouraged, and participants can register to run through the course solo or in “clans” of four or more people.

Participants will receive a “Running Sucks” T-shirt, a free red beer after the event and discounted admission to Flat Acre's Reaper's Hollow. The run will conclude with music, dancing and costumed fun to “kick of the Halloween season in style,” as Jones put it.

Those seeking to ambush the runners as costumed vampires can also register alone or in clans, to lurk in the woods, abandoned buildings and creekbeds on the course and toss red powder on runners to mark them as undead victims.

Registration will be capped at 500 participants, and totals so far indicate they will reach that goal.

“There's safety in numbers,” Jones said. “Whether it be a troop that runs together or a pack that hunts together.”

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