Win Registration ($100): Portland Halloween Dawn of the Dead Dash | Nighttime Urban Zombie Run, Costume Contest, After Party, Hunt or be Hunted

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Portland’s Dawn of the Dead Dash on October 26. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, October 18.

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Dawn of the Dead Dash 2013Dawn of the Dead Dash
October 26, 2013
6 p.m. | $45 ADV / $50 Day of | 18+ (21+ for after party)

The location of Headquarters will be released to register runners the week prior to the race.

Dawn of the Dead Dash is the only nighttime urban zombie run that asks Portlanders to live the closest thing to the apocalypse. Participants meet at headquarters the night of the event. They will be briefed and given the first checkpoint location.

Participants are released to race through the city, avoiding being tagged by zombies to clear all the checkpoints and make it back to headquarters. No set course, no one is safe. Hunt or be hunted.

After party is sponsored by Deschutes Brewery and held at the headquarters.

See for Race Day FAQs.

The Rules:

  • You must obey all local, state, and federal rules and regulations at all times.
  • You will have 1.5 hours to complete the event.
  • Only humans wearing the official ID bibs and glow collars are in play. All other humans are not part of the event so do not tag or touch them.
  • A Zombie must physically touch your body in order for you to turn you into a Zombie. This is a fun event. No shoving, or arguing whether or not “he touched you.” Have fun. It’s that simple.
  • You must surrender your glow collar at the next checkpoint when you are tagged by a Zombie. New zombies must reach the next checkpoint before tagging humans.
  • Inappropriate touching, behavior, or any similar action will not be tolerated.
  • No weapons of any kind fake or real are allowed.
  • No pets are allowed–even if they are trained Zombie killers.

Dawn of the Dead Dash FAQs

The Dawn of the Dead Dash is an exciting “life-changing” adventure run through the streets of the city. Challenge yourself to see if you can escape death and remain human from a rapidly growing Zombie population that is infecting your city.


  • Event bib/clearance checkpoint card and glow collar
  • Entrance to the after-death party (if 21+)
  • The thrill of being chased by Zombies in your own personal horror run event
  • One hell of a damned good time

Yes. Best Zombie costume

There is no set course, so it all depends on how well you navigate from point A to B. The head officials estimate 3-miles of hellish fear pavement pounding.

Zombies who begin the event as zombies will be a mixture. Some will be stationed to a certain area, some will be stumbling dead, some with be running dead and some will strickly be placed to scare the living crap out of you.

Those who begin the event as uninfected humans and get tagged by a zombie will run just like the rest of you. So we suggest just running like hell.

There will be a safe zone along the course for you to catch your breath, plan your strategy and try to get out alive.

Yes you may. You are free to use any PUBLIC transportation. You are NOT allowed to use any private transportation which is not limited to but includes: cars, bicycles, taxis, skateboards, witches brooms, etc.

Duh. Please do, because: A: you can win a prize, 2: because that’s the whole point and D: because a great Zombie costume will help conceal you from the real Zombies.

If you are tagged by a Zombie you must surrender your glow collar at the next checkpoint. You are now a Zombie, off you go-tag some humans now. Must make it to the next checkpoint before you may tag anyone though. It’s a rule, obey it please.

How many Zombie movies have you seen? No. Once a Zombie, always a Zombie. No change backs, hocus pocus or any other spell.


We’ve never heard of a Zombie melting because of the rain. Head officials do have the right to cancel the event due to inclement weather or any other reason for that matter without notification, but we believe that a little (or a lot) of rain never hurt anyone.

Whatever you feel you need during the race: food, water, change of clothes. All items must be carried by you during the race. No weapons to fight the dead of any kind are allowed. This includes both real or fake, so no packin’.

Also, please remember this is a night event and it’s dark. A headlamp to see your map and where you are going wouldn’t be a bad idea.

Uninfected humans should wear comfortable shoes for running. You are required to wear clothes that you do not mind getting dirty (and bloody). There is “blood” at checkpoints, and dirt on the ground. You will most likely get dirty, so we don’t recommend your Sunday best.

Nope. No refunds or transfers or credit of any kind are offered. No exceptions.

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52 Responses to Win Registration ($100): Portland Halloween Dawn of the Dead Dash | Nighttime Urban Zombie Run, Costume Contest, After Party, Hunt or be Hunted

  1. Marco October 8, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    I’m not alive if I’m not a zombie running the streets of Portland. Help me PDX Pipeline !

  2. Andelain October 8, 2013 at 9:45 am #

    Hellz yeah! Leave the kid at home and head out with the girlfriends. See who really SHOULD be on my Official Zombie Apocalypse team! hah

  3. Tara October 8, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    I ran all the way from Phoenix, Arizona to escape the crazy zombie hoards there and I’m not done running! I’d love to join in!

  4. Jessica October 8, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

    My best best BEST friend would be so ecstatic to go to this for her birthday!

  5. Kristina October 8, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    I’ve been training my whole life for the Zombie Apocolpse!!! The time has finally come!!!

  6. Garrett B. October 8, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

    I think the only run will be in my underpants, but I am down to practice how to avoid the undead hoards. If I die, which I won’t, all humans better watch out. I will be king of the zombies! They will call me King Urrgghh and I will eat brains from a fancy goblet.

  7. Joseph Aparicio October 8, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

    I should win cause you guys never pick me to win ever!!! Ever!!! :D

  8. j-dub October 8, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    Im the zombies apocalypse! Ready,willing& able.

  9. Shannon K. October 8, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    I’d like to attend because my son LOVES zombies. He’s 3. This would blow his mind.

  10. Stephanie White October 8, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

    The chase is what excites me! To prove to myself that I am a survivor of the Zombie Apocalypse in Portland! What a rush…

  11. Seth Kreiss October 8, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

    Nothing would bring happiness like zombies.

  12. Ronnie October 8, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

    I really need a practice run before the real zombie apocalypse happens. I mean, I just saw World War Z and I think I’m ready. Help me put my skills to use!

  13. Kathryn October 9, 2013 at 2:44 am #

    How delightfully creepy! I would love to join in the fun.

  14. Brooke October 9, 2013 at 2:45 am #

    This would be so much fun, and just in time for my birthday.

  15. Amanda Thramer October 9, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    This looks like a hell of a good time!

  16. Allie October 9, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

    Could be freaky but cool, count me in!

  17. Katy October 9, 2013 at 9:52 pm #

    BRAINS!!! give me the tickets because I’M HUNGRY!!!

  18. Mandy Klehr October 10, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    I really want to do this! Ever since I first saw some info on one in Denver. I want to run for my life, hopefully not get infected, but if I do, I will infect all the runners!

  19. Penny Nelson October 10, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    I would loooove to do this with my husband! The perfect date night!

  20. Brett October 10, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    I’ve done an urban race before and I do lots of 5k’s. I’ve even done a zombie themed obstacle race. But running around the city with zombies at my tail? That is more what the first days of the apocalypse will be like. I would love the training.

  21. Brittany October 10, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

    Holy shnitz this sounds like fun!

  22. Julia October 10, 2013 at 10:04 pm #

    Dear, lord yes. This.

  23. Lisa October 11, 2013 at 8:42 am #

    NO WAY! This looks awesome, I want to dress up and Be a zombie, help me PDX pipeline.

  24. Zach October 11, 2013 at 9:49 am #

    Just moved to town – would be a great way to meet fellow runners!

  25. Kelsey October 11, 2013 at 1:34 pm #


  26. Lisa October 12, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    I would love to go, dress and scare people! ha

  27. Kristen D October 12, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    Ready, willing, able… lets go.

  28. Hillary Slaughter October 12, 2013 at 9:25 pm #

    This is my first trip to Portland! I’m treating myself to a week long adventure for my birthday which is October 27th. What better birthday present is there?

  29. Deena October 13, 2013 at 11:55 am #

    Honestly, this will scare the shit out of me. But I’m willing to give in to the flight-or-fight freakiness because these zombies aren’t REALLY real….right?!

  30. Brian Craig October 13, 2013 at 7:49 pm #

    Would love to try this run.

  31. seth francis October 14, 2013 at 12:50 am #

    I think I have what it takes to navigate the hellscape, and make it to the end alive. Give me the chance and I will not let you down, I will represent you with style, I will be…. the last one standing!

  32. Bjoern October 14, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    sounds so creepy

  33. Julia White October 14, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    My husband recently turned me into the biggest zombie fan and that was hard to do since I was NOT into gore…im so into zombies now and a major walking dead fan, this would actually be something we would do for our…break from kids and a dream come true walking dead in PORTLAND OREGON!!! yeah!

  34. Thomas October 14, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

    Holy. Lord Jesus. This is the best idea I’ve heard in a while and would give me a chance to live out a childhood dream that’s been in the making for longer than I can count, regardless of which side I’m on…

  35. Lisa October 14, 2013 at 6:56 pm #


  36. Jenifer Christy October 14, 2013 at 7:46 pm #

    I need tickets!!!!! Our 4th year Wedding Annivasary is on Halloween and we want to experience Portland and all it has to offer. We live in Salem, but I would do almost ANYTHING for tickets to this! PLEASE SEND US!!!!!

  37. julie fink October 14, 2013 at 10:32 pm #

    We would love to do this – sounds like so much fun!

  38. Anna Deffebach October 15, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

    I want to win!

  39. Shanti October 15, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

    I want to win so I can put my Zombie Apocalypse training to the test!

  40. Sylvia triplett October 15, 2013 at 11:57 pm #

    would love to celebrate our anniversary with this!

  41. Walter Pohlenz October 16, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

    Would love to get in on this run. Nothing better than running with a mask…

  42. Jason October 17, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    I would love to do this, doing zombie run that morning!

  43. Joshua Glassman October 17, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    Yes! I always wanted to be chased by zombies and/or be a zombie.

  44. Madelaine Wright October 17, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    Never done a Zombie run. Sounds exciting.

  45. Matt October 17, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    Sounds fun! I’d love to go!

  46. Tomas Hinsley October 17, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    My sister is deathly afraid of zombies but she said she’d do this with me if I promised NOT to leave her behind! Pick me and we’ll all have a good laugh!

  47. Autumn October 17, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    This is the only way for my nephew to think I am cool and not old. And, I hope to locate lost family members in the process.

  48. Bill Stewart October 17, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

    I always said I would only run if something was chasing me . . .

  49. Sache October 17, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

    Now this is a Zombie run. Open course, night time. Why am I only just hearing about this now?!

  50. Mike October 18, 2013 at 7:47 am #

    It might be hard to run with a chainsaw, but I’m ready to give it a try!!

  51. Kerri Kowaleski October 18, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    Searching for my fellow night-walkers. Bring me to Pdx undead!!!

  52. Marilyn October 20, 2013 at 8:16 am #

    I want to win because I want to prove to my husband I would survive a zombie apocalypse!!

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