Several zombies were spotted Sunday morning on Mare Island.

It's OK — the zombies were there for a special purpose: Help raise funds for the Greater Vallejo Recreation District and the Global Center for Success, during Touro University California's 8th annual Mare Island 5K Zombie Run/Walk.

"The zombie attack was the best," said a smiling Rylan Croom after surviving the 5K event and a horde of zombies.

Croom, 11, of Vallejo had fake blood smeared on his shirt and his face.

For Kris Croom, father of Rylan, the best part about the 5K event was not the zombies.

"(The best part) was the end," the elder Croom, laughing after surviving uphill run portion of the walk/run event.

Kris Croom, of Vallejo, said that the race allowed both Crooms to enjoy a walk/run together for the first time.

Event organizer Alan Griffin, a student in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, said that around 75 participants signed up for the 5K.

"We have donated $500 to the GVRD and $500 to the Global Center for Success," Griffin said after the event, which was sponsored by Touro's Sports Medicine Club.

Griffin said that this was the first year to include the zombie theme. "Mare Island is a perfect place for zombies," he said with a laugh.

Griffin did admit that he hopes next year will be bigger with more zombies. This year only included 10 un-dead volunteers. He also said that the post-race health fair would also be bigger.

This year's health fair included osteopathic evaluation and treatment, yoga instruction and musical performances.

"It was awesome with zombies attacking," said event volunteer Brenda Sokup, a student in the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Sokup, who was dressed in a white lab coat with blood smeared on her face, said that she was at the end of the walk/run scaring the participants as they completed the event.

Vinnie Carbone, another volunteer and student in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, said that the zombies had a special effect on the participants.

"They sped up with the zombies chasing them," he said with a laugh.

Both Sokup and Carbone expressed with laughs that they probably would not join the 5K walk/event next year since the course was uphill.

The annual run/walk has raised more than $10,000 since its inception, according to a Touro University California press release.

Contact John Glidden at 707-301-3658.