Run For Your Lives
UPDATE: Awesome T-Shirt for the race: http://www.printmojo.com/CDCzombies
As I continue to not have any races for the month of July and therefore nothing to review, I am trying to maintain some posting to keep my thousands of fans happy. So this is not a review, but a promotion for a future race. Not just any race, Run For Your Lives which describes itself as “a zombie infested 5k obstacle course”. What a great combination! Zombies, 5k, live bands, beer and more zombies.
Zombies have been “in” for awhile now. Side Note: I even co-authored a script for a Zombie movie which one script reviewer felt was “a zombie movie without the zombies” (what do they know). So it was just a matter of time before some one brought zombies and running together. Of course vampires have been popular as of late but they present a number of problems:
- 1. They are way too fast for a 5k.
- 2. The race is during the day.
- 3. They don’t exist
Zombies on the other hand:
- 1. Lack supernatural speed
- 2. Day or night they don’t care
- 3. They exist (ish)
The group that is putting the event on has been very proactive with promoting the event and reaching out to fans. I have heard advertising on the radio, read articles of zombies promoting at local sporting events and colleges. They have a flashy webpage with a nice video introduction that is worth watching. Their Facebook account is very active and engaging, previewing some of the obstacles, offering advice and querying fans with polls. They seem to be doing everything right so far.
The big question mark is how this will pan out on race day. Are they prepared for the masses that will descend on Darlington on the 22nd of October? I expect some first year learning curve and as long as it does not become a nightmare I already expect I would want to do it again.
My understanding of the race is that it is a 5k with obstacles (no duh.) Sort of like one of those mud runs that are gaining popularity. Throw in some zombies that are trying to take your flags (like flag football) and you should have complete mayhem. The first question zombie enthusiasts ask is: “Are they slow or fast zombies?” According to the website you should see both.
So what are your plans for the 22nd of October? We have team from work going which should be great fun. We are putting together team shirts (there are no team entries for the race but you are encouraged to work together). We have about 5-6 people locked in but would love to have more. Let me know if you are interested and I’ll give you our details (we are in the 1130 group on Saturday).
Not interested in running? You can sign up to be a Zombie or you can be a spectator (although you have to pay to watch).
What do you get: Live bands, food, beer, a technical T-Shirt, a race bib (free!), and a medal.