Written by News Bulletin News Sources
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 00:00
Whether you’re an experienced runner who trains regularly – or one who only runs from the couch to the fridge and back – a common trait runs between.
We all run faster when chasing something – or being chased.
Add a little fear, anxiety, adrenalin – three powerful motivators – and it can feel as though you’re running for your life.
That’s how it will be Sept. 21, when the Fox Valley Park District’s Zombie Invasion 5K comes to life at Blackberry Farm, starting at 5 p.m. Invade a Park District community center to register or scare up an entry form at www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org by Sept. 12.
It’s one thing to run a 5K, but it’s a whole different race when each stride could be your last amid a horde of zombies and a minefield of obstacles.
“You’re not just running … you’re running to escape,” said race organizer Anna Kish. “Zombies are rising from everywhere like the living dead, and you’re confronting obstacles at every turn.
“It’s a race for survival.”
Three different levels of participation – racers, zombies and spectators – make it crazy fun for all. Racers are outfitted with a belt containing three flags (think flag football) that represent life. The goal is to finish with at least one flag, or you’re dead (OK, living dead).
Racers start in waves based on ability level, and from there, it’s an odyssey of avoidance as they run, climb, crawl, pull, slide and scurrying frantically to escape a frothing sea of blood-thirsty, flesh-eating, brain-sucking zombies.
Two types of zombies will litter the course. Stumbler zombies are the slow movers whose mission is to haunt and horrify racers. Chaser zombies are the attack dogs – they’ll be in hot and heavy pursuit of the racers, like a predator pursuing its prey, which – in this case – is racers with flags.
When racers aren’t being chased by deranged zombies, they’ll be crawling through mud pits, scaling mounds of dirt, scampering over obtuse obstacles, crossing through creeks and... whatever it takes to survive!
“You’re not always running full-stride like a traditional 5K, because you’ll be confronted with a lot of obstacles that require skill and strategy to overcome,” said Kish. “But you’ll be running for your life whenever you see a Zombie.”
Racers with good stamina and athleticism will be at an advantage, but the ability to think quickly and react just as fast is just as crucial.
Zombies will have their own little cult. Though they’ll arrive at Blackberry Farm as normal people, a visit to the Zombie Transformation Station – where staff and makeup artists work their magic – will create a community of living dead.
It’s a great opportunity to involve friends and family – for groups of four, each entrant receives a $5 discount. Afterward, the lucky survivors and the freshly resurrected zombies – those that finish without flags – will celebrate together at the Zombieland Party in the Park.
To register for the Zombie Invasion 5K, visit foxvalleyparkdistrict.org. Registration ends Sept. 12.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 14:03