The third annual Vampire Race to raise money for cancer research is scheduled for October

COVINGTON, Ga. — Hundreds of “Vampire Diaries” fans are set to once again take part in the third annual Vampire Run in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).

Scheduled for Oct. 22, race founder and organizer Scotty Scoggins said all net proceeds from the 5K event will go to “taking a bite out of blood cancers.”

Scoggins kicked off the event in 2020 – two years after his father died of lung cancer and four years after his mother died of leukaemia.

“We live in Covington, which is the fictional town of Mystic Falls for ‘The Vampire Diaries’, ‘Legacies’ and ‘The Originals’ – so there you have it,” Scoggins said. “But more importantly, I lost my mother to leukemia in 2014 and my father in 2018 to complications from lung cancer. Over the past 4 years my family and I have raised over $40,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

“In 2020, it occurred to me that I was living in the vampire house (among other supernatural beings) and supporting the LLS,” he continued. “Since blood cancer sucks and vampires suck blood, it made sense to combine them into one epic event.”

The first year, Scoggins limited the race to a virtual event with just a few people racing locally for fun. In year two, the event was expanded to offer a virtual option and in-person participation with the race course crossing the city and past many of the Vampire Diaries filming locations.

Registration to participate in the race is currently open. The registration cost is $50 plus a $3.90 processing fee. Participants in the race each receive a medal, a finisher jersey and a bib.

In-person entrants are encouraged to “dress as your best vampire, werewolf, witch, hybrid, vampire victim, or just like yourself” on race day – additional prizes may be awarded for best dressed, said Scoggins. The race is scheduled for October 22 from 6:30 a.m.

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