Your Silly Road Race 10:10.11

October 10th, 2011 in Headlines by 3 Comments

The zombie apocalypse is upon us!

Starting in less than two weeks, runners will be dodging obstacles, avoiding zombies, and racing other runners in the Run For Your Lives 5K series. Clearly, the self-described “Zombie Infested 5k Obstacle Course” is far from your ordinary 5K race.

The race has a dozen obstacles, plus “live” zombies strategically placed throughout each race course. Each competitor begins with a flag belt and three flags. When/if all three flags are taken before the competitor reaches the finish line, the racer is no longer a survivor – he or she then competes as “infected!”

The Run For Your Lives series, with seven locations across America, begins on October 22nd in Baltimore, MD and ends December 15th (2012) in Austin, TX. The finish lines will be home to live music, delicious food and much more, including local celebrities. (Seriously, The Howard Stern Show is sending people, including Sal Governale and Richard Christy, two huge zombie enthusiasts.)

Faster Than Forty’s Eli Curt Fuld had a few words with Ashley Boarman, the Race Director, and here’s what she has to say about the exciting new series:

FTF: How many years has this event taken place?

AB: October 22 at Darlington, Maryland will be the Run For Your Lives first race.

FTF: Where are the new Run for Your Lives 5k locations going to be next year?

AB: New locations will be announced in the next month or so.

FTF: What are the other obstacles that you need to get through? If you can’t say exactly what they are, what have they been in the past?

AB: Obstacles are being [announced] slowly through the Run For Your Lives Facebook page and the web site. There are going to be 12 in total. So far, there are the Terrible Tubes, the Uphill Climb, and the Finish Line.

FTF: How many start waves will there be? Is there a wave capacity? Is there a limit on waves?

AB: Waves will start every half hour from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are approximately 400 people in each wave. People need to sign up now, as some waves have already filled up.

FTF: Are the prizes and the after party zombie themed as well? What goes on at the after party?

AB: The Apocalypse Party, as it’s called, will begin at 10:30 a.m. and feature local bands, food, beer, and vendors selling crafts, merchandise and all things zombie. The awards ceremony will also take place during the Apocalypse Party at sunset. Prize information can be found here.

FTF: What are health bonuses?

AB: Health bonuses represent your life. The zombies’ job will be to chase you and go after your “health”, in the form of a flag belt. Runners must avoid the zombies to keep their health flags. Each runner will get three flags on their belt. Once flags are gone, you complete the race, but will finish as a “zombie” versus as survivor. Zombie finishers will be ineligible for prizes.   Health bonuses are actually strategically hidden “kits” which will serve the purpose as a life saver if all of your flags are removed and you cross the finish line with it.

FTF: How many possible routes are there to take in the race?

AB: Many, but we can’t give away too much information up front. We want racers to be surprised.

Eli Curt Fuld is a junior at Yeshiva University. He is a triathlete, wrestler, and cross country runner. Please comment on his story below or by reaching out to him here.


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