More than 4,000 people will run for their life this weekend as the undead emerge at Straddeline ORV park.
The park, located just east of McCleary, will play host to two unique athletic challenges for fans of obstacle courses and zombies in The Zombie Run and The Zombie Run: Black Ops.
The Zombie Run will begin at 4 p.m. on Aug. 9. Runners will begin the 5K course with a belt with three flags representing lives and then will try to elude a hoard of zombies throughout the 3.1-mile trek over a series of rugged obstacles.
“As they go deeper in the woods, the more zombies there are and the more obstacles there are,” said Elaine Derrick of Promoto Promotions, which operates the park. “They try to make it out alive.”
For those looking for an even bigger challenge than sprinting from the bloodthirsty undead, or at least people playing zombies, there’s the Black Ops run. The Black Ops run begins at 9 p.m. on Aug. 9 and adds the cover of darkness to the experience along with fire, smoke and mazes.
If you are saying it would be more fun to just be a zombie, you are in luck. Those wanting to try their hand at being a zombie can receive a bloody makeover and be assigned to a place on the course to terrorize those running through the track.
After the run, both humans and zombies will be able to grab a cold drink and show off their dance moves at an afterparty.
Whether you are an athlete looking for a fun 5K, a fan of The Walking Dead or you just want to see how you would fare in the apocolypse, this is the race for you.
The cost to run the course for The Zombie Run or the Black Ops is $50 per person for each race or $74 for both for preregistration and $70 for each on race day. The cost for zombies is $32 per race and includes a gruesome makeover. For groups of four or more the cost is $40 per person for each race. Those participating will receive a drawstring bag, a medal, a T-shirt and admission into the afterparty. Parking for the event is $10 per car load and there is no additional charge for those wishing to watch the carnage.
The run is open to zombies and humans of all ages.
Runners are advised to bring a change of clothing, a towel, running shoes, dancing shoes, a headlamp for the Black Ops race, cold water, a camera and some cash for food, drinks and souveniers.
This zombie run is being hosted by a different group than the one from last year.
To register for the event, visit thezombierun.com.