Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Undead apply here: Electric Zombie Run seeks racers and zombies
Plus, here's a code for $5 off.
DENTON If you've ever wondered if you would survive a zombie apocalypse, now's your chance to test your theory at the inaugural Electric Zombie Run.
Mellew Productions will host the run beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday at North Lakes Park, 2001 W. Windsor Drive in Denton. The 5K sends runners, or walkers, on a course through the darkened park where zombies could be lurking behind every tree, shrub or corner. Zombies are known to be slow creatures, but officials said some running skills would help participants survive the chase.
"This zombie race is a little bit different from others in that there's no contact with the zombies," said Mallory Jones-Fiske, race director. "We'll have zombies on the course lurching behind people, and it is a night race. Zombies will come out of brushes, but the zombies are slow. We're really trying to entertain people with the zombies. We will run in the dark, but we'll have glow lights for participants."
On the day of the race, registration and packet pickup will run from 6 to 8 p.m., people will line up for the race at 8:15 p.m. and at 8:30 p.m. the Electric Zombie Run will begin. The race will be followed by a post-race party at 9:30 p.m. with a costume and brain eating contest at 9:45 p.m. The race costs $35 through Sept. 13 and $45 on race day.
Race participants must be at least 12 years old.
Participants may save $5 by entering the code "DENTON" when registering. Teams of four or more may save an additional $5 by registering together. Individuals or teams who finish the 5K in 35 minutes or less will receive a glow in the dark Electric Zombie Run medal that says, "I survived the Electric Zombie Run." Those whose finish time is over 35 minutes will receive a glow in the dark Electric Zombie Run medal that says, "I was too slow. I am a zombie."
Jones-Fiske said in addition to human runners, the race is also looking for volunteers to be the zombies.
"We'll have professional beauticians doing the zombie makeup," Jones-Fiske said. "For those who want to be zombies, we recommend that they pre-register. We'll send out instructions ahead of the race."
Jones-Fiske said they are expecting very few serious runners. The organizers believe the majority of people will walk the race. She also said they're expecting that a lot of people will come dressed as zombies - even if they're planning to run/walk the race.
"We think it will be people just having good time," Jones-Fiske said. "This is really geared toward fans of all things zombies. We're [Mellew Productions employees] are all big fans of the Walking Dead, and we thought because of the popularity of the show, that a lot of people would come out for this event."
Jones-Fiske said there are already about 500 people registered for the race, and she expects that number to double, and maybe even triple, by race day. She said the maximum number of runners is around 4,000.
The Denton race is the first in a four part series. After that race, the event moves on to Lubbock, Waco and Fort Worth.
"This will kick-off the series. I really wanted to do something in Denton because there's not a lot of races here and definitely not a lot of fun, unique events," Jones-Fiske said.
For information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 817-706-0368.
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