Another zombie attack: Zombie mud run a ‘ tough’ but fun event
We are doomed! The days of George A. Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” are long gone. No more slow-walking zombies trying to get you. You have to be quick, as was shown this Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Running Dead Zombie Mud Run event held at Gibson Ranch.
Thousands upon thousands (no official attendance released as of yet) of runners faced a 5K obstacle-course mud run at various intervals. Many runners came in uniform to compete.
Runners had to maneuver around military-style obstacles. They were given flag-football flags to wear around their waists, and zombies along the course attempted to grab the flags. Not only that, but these zombies were allowed to run to grab those flags.
Runners began running the course at 8 a.m. Saturday, and ran at half-hour intervals.
When I arrived, a long line of vehicles was waiting to enter Gibson Ranch, and parking near the beginning of the course was at a premium.
Lines formed and remained at the registration table throughout the day. Volunteers were recruited to alleviate the line, but to little avail. Lines also formed at makeup stations.
Obstacle courses included a couple of mud pits and other boot-camp-style obstacles. Injuries in this type of run can occur, and being chased by zombies did not make things easy for runners.
Runners who successfully ran and made it to the finish line, or the “Center for Disease Control,” as it was called, officially survived the zombie apocalypse. Participants who made it without at least one flag were considered lost to the world of the undead.
Blake Ottoman, one survivor, said, “Man, this was a tough run. I literally ran into one of the zombies who seemed to have taken his job too seriously. My girlfriend got knocked over by another zombie. It was an exciting run though, and we both made it. I hope they have this again, but maybe it needs more organization. We’re going over and grab some beers with some friends. See you next year.”
Other people also complained, but many more said how much they had enjoyed it. Many supporters sat on grassy areas waiting for their runners or zombies to end their race. Race results were posted at the event and a listing can be viewed online.
On their Facebook Page, the staff at Running Dead noted, “Our apologies for our first year mistakes (first race ever for us) and please understand we are working very hard on fixing them.”
If you attended the event, what are your feelings about the event? What did you like or not like? What, in your opinion, would make this a successful event?
Overall the event appeared to be enjoyable, which was quite evident as runners with glee in their faces ran with friends.
Zombies who volunteered for the event came in costume and makeup. Trash Film Orgy did some professional makeup.
Many sponsors helped make this a fun event, and for zombies, runners and guests, a beer garden was provided.
Most of the participants seemed to have enjoyed the race, meeting new and old friends and enjoying a beer or two as concession stands and the beer garden opened at 9 a.m.