Run for your lives!!! A 5K zombie run for fun

Wow, two zombie stories in one week. What am I, undead? I guess it’s possible, but when I get a story that is as fun, and original as this, I have to pass it on to you.

It’s called Run For Your Lives, and it is a 5K obstacle course run where you are being chased by zombies.

With a zombie apocalypse fast approaching, what better way to prepare than by running in this race?

This incredibly fun idea was hatched by childhood friends Derrick Smith and Ryan Hogan. A couple years ago, these guys were just looking to start a fun mud run in their home state of Maryland. As luck would have it, the Run For Your Lives website was available, and voila, a race was born.

Around that time the hit TV show, “The Walking Dead” was growing in popularity. Both Smith and Hogan wanted their race to be something different, as many places hold obstacle course mud or fun runs. So to increase interest and improve the fun experience, Smith and Hogan added a zombie element to their race, and that’s how it appears today.

With the backstory concluded, you can now wipe the tears from your eyes because it’s time to move on.

Recently, they had one of the Run For Your Lives races in Boston, and Smith told me it was a resounding success. The undead and the living runners both loved it.

Thanks “Happy Go Luck” for the pictures

That’s where Smith gets the most satisfaction. He loves the smiles and excitement of the people before and after the race. He also takes pride in the fact that the zombies can “fun”-scare some of the runners.

How do keep from joining the undead? Before the race, you are given 3 flags. If the zombies get all 3 of those flags, you are officially part of the undead. You still finish the race, you just can’t win any of the awards handed out at the end of the day.

The zombies come at you in a number of ways. Some are known as “Stumblers”, while others are called “Chasers.” There are a few more variation of zombie, but Smith wouldn’t
divulge any more secrets.

I understand if you are a bit apprehensive about a 5K obstacle course zombie run, but Smith assured me that this is all done in the spirit of fun. Some may run with the intent to beat the zombies, in lieu of becoming part of the undead. Others can run or walk, just as long as they have fun.

Now what if you don’t want to race? I get it, you just wanna laugh and ogle at your friends and/or zombies. You can do that too. There is a way to for you to be part of the spectator zone, that guarantees you sight lines of the starting and finish lines. You will be able to watch zombies chase down your friends all day, so you get to laugh even harder.

How can you be part of the fun?

Once you get on the site, go to the left side to check out the locations of this year’s races. The closest one to Las Vegas is Temecula, CA on Saturday October 20th. The website is self-explanatory, plus they have a fun little video.

Yes, I am already signed up and ready to go. I do know a number of people that are joining me on that day. I hope you are part of it, too.

But wait, there’s more! You think this is just a zombie race and that’s it? Think again. Smith and Hogan have lined up 15 live bands (local musicians, too), activities in the safe zone, food, drinks, and more.

I guess it could be Coachella, but with zombies.

Don’t wait. Get on right now, find where you wanna run, and sign up. If you pick Temecula, please let me know. I think it would be fun to have a huge group on October 20th.

Oops, before I forget, you do have to be 14 or older to participate. Though that doesn’t mean you can’t come out and cheer on friends and family.


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2 Responses to “Run for your lives!!! A 5K zombie run for fun”

  1. Rachel says:

    Do you know when they will be coming to Missouri? Also where in Missouri where will they be on this date? I’m looking to join, being of age for a few years now. I enjoy my zombies, and I enjoy having fun, with laughter. Like everyone else joining this, I’m ready for the Apocolypse. 😀

  2. Natasha Collins says:

    Hi I’m interested in doing the run an wanted to know if and when they will be coming to las Vegas when is registration

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