Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Run of the Living Dead offers halloween fun to benefit Harmony Day School program
By Matt Jordan
Lexington’s Harmony Day School is sponsoring a zombie-themed 5K obstacle course called Run of the Living Dead at 6 p.m. on Friday Oct. 26 at Equus Run Winery in Midway.
The event is a fundraiser for Harmony Day School, a Montessori program for early childhood.
Zombie runs have gained popularity in recent years both as a halloween-themed event and as a way to spice up traditional 5K runs. Participants can choose to register as either runners trying to complete the course or zombies trying to catch them along the way. Runner registry is $35, while zombies are allowed to participate for free.
The zombie volunteers, divided into slow-moving “staggering” and quick-moving “running” categories, will chase the 5K participants and try to snatch flags from their belt in the same way that flag football is played. When a runner has lost all their flags, they can still finish the race but they will be considered to have been killed by zombies and are not eligible for a medal in their age group.
Because a zombie apocalypse wouldn’t be all as easy as running through a field, there are obstacles scattered through the course that runners need to compete in order to be eligible for a finishing medal. Runners can choose to skip these obstacles, but they will be disqualified from medaling.
Registration is still open for the Run of the Living Dead. Advance participants who register before midnight Wednesday, Oct. 24, are guaranteed a long-sleeve Run of the Living Dead tshirt and pay the advance registration fee of $35. Those who register between Oct. 25 and up until 6 p.m. on race day pay $40 and are not guaranteed a shirt.
More information on registering and who can register is available at the event
At the race’s close, all participants will be invited to the After-life Party hosted at Equus Run. The party will feature live music, food and drinks for purchase.