Deadwood zombie run raises money for early childhood education

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Deadwood, SD The walking dead took to the streets of Deadwood - stirring up a scare.

And while it was just pretend, the annual Zombie Run took a step towards a good cause.

Desy Schoenewies, a zombie, said "I am a zombie, yes."

It's like a scene out of a Walking Dead episode.

Schoenewies said "As you can see now, excuse me."

Hundreds running for their lives - to survive the apocalypse, even if it is just for fun.

Schoenewies said "It's just the most fun thing ever to dress up like a zombie and be one of the dead."

So, not to worry - the world isn't coming to a frightening end.

This is the 4th annual Walking Deadwood Zombie Run - a 5K for a cause.

Runners had to escape the zombies in an obstacle course to the finish, all while raising money for the Northern Hills Alliance for Children - a childhood development center preparing kids for kindergarten.

Kayla Klein, the executive director of the Northern Hill Alliance for Children, said "So that transition is fluid and they're ready to learn as soon as they get in kindergarten."

Organizers expect today's event will raise more than 10 thousand dollars for the organization - which has a location in Deadwood and Fort Meade - serving about 300 children.

Experts say core brain functions develop between ages 1 and 5.

Amber Vogt, a parent, said "The earlier you start it, the better it's going to be. Because by the time they get into school, they're already prepared for school."

Amber Vogt had two children go through the program.

Her daughter started at 3-years-old. Now she's 9.

Vogt said "So when she started kindergarten, there was no transition. It just happened and even to this day she loves to read, she loves to do math."

About 300 people came out for today's event - the Northern Hills Alliance for Children's largest fundraiser.

Money raised will help teachers buy supplies for the classroom.