October 26: The Zombie Run @ Blue Lake Park | 5K, Zombies Run After Humans, Humans Run From Zombies, Afterparty

From our sponsors:
Portland Zombie RunThe Zombie Run
October 26, 2013
9 a.m. | All Ages
Register as a human: $45-$55 / Teams of 4 or more $40-$50
Register as a zombie: $25-$35
Registration: thezombierun.com

Blue Lake Park
20500 NE Marine Dr, Fairview, OR ‎

The Zombie Run, called “a cool event” by USA Today and just selected as one of Philadelphia Magazine’s “favorite races,” is a 3.1 mile racecourse of gutwrenching, blood-pumping, sweat-dripping fear that takes over Portland on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 9 a.m., as part of a 16-city nationwide infestation, for the most exhilarating 5K of your life… if you survive. Registration spots on sale NOW! The Zombie Run is not your typical hometown 5K run, unless of course, your hometown is infested with an army of marauding Zombies.

By using the popular Zombie theme, The Zombie Run creates a running narrative on a racecourse designed like a Hollywood Apocalypse movie-set, where participants either run through the course as Zombies, or living Zombie prey. Participants must run to safety, while dodging an imaginatively harrowing barrage of apocalyptic carnage.

Hollywood already has taken notice. The Zombie Run is currently the centerpiece to the first episode of reality star/runway model Adrianne Curry’s new ReelzChannel TV series, “It’s All Geek to Me,” currently enjoying repeat airings (check local listings). Yes, Adrianne flew from cross country from L.A. to Philly to get made up as a Zombie and tape her show. Watch the trailer here. In Atlanta, The Zombie Run hosted actors from AMC’s smash zombie superseries, “The Walking Dead.” And in St. Louis, retired New York Yankees World Series pitcher Bob Boehringer brought along his wife and son for some Zombie shenanigans. You just never know who will show up. …

The Zombie Run team also has made live TV appearances on Fox Good Day (Philadelphia), ABC Good Morning New Orleans, the Fox 2 News at Noon (St. Louis), Colorado and Company (NBC Denver), the CW57-CBS3 Morning News (Philadelphia), and numerous radio shows across the country, from lively morning shows to NPR reports to the nationally syndicated Overnight America (CBS Radio) – in studio and on the scene. PBS’ Roadtrip Nation taped a segment in St. Louis, and a Norwegian documentary unit crossed the Atlantic to see what we’re all about in New Orleans. We’ve even had an NPR producer participate with his own “head cam,” who says in his video story: “it’s like being in a Zombie movie, without the post-apocalyptic despair.”

The Zombie Run is the only nationally touring Zombie race that takes over the actual streets of each city, and focuses on a fully scripted, suspense-filled back story.

Professional, on-site make-up artists transform normal, everyday, warm-blooded runners into blood sucking, flesh eating Zombies. If you survive, there is a party following the race. The Zombie Run benefits Active Heroes (www.activeheroes.org), a volunteer-led charity helping veterans, active duty military and their families.

The Zombie Run is the brainchild of college juniors Andrew Hudis, 20, and David Feinman, 21. Hudis attends the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and Feinman is enrolled at Temple University’s Fox School of Business.
“Three years ago, I told David that I always run fastest when I’m being chased,” said Hudis. “We joked that we should start a race where actors chase the runners to the finish line. Eventually, we realized that our idea could actually be a fun race.”

What makes The Zombie Run so different than other racing events?
“Our race really focuses on story,” Hudis says. “Like a ride at Disney World, we create an alternate reality over an otherwise mundane experience. We focus a lot on runner experience, and spend the money that other races use on obstacles to enforce our theme and add more carnage to the racecourse.”

Hudis and Feinman have assembled a seasoned team of professionals with over 100 years of collective experience in race and concert promotion, and live event production and marketing.

Portland Zombie Run

FAQs

ARE KIDS OK?
How should we know? They’re yours. But yes. There is no age limit for participating. Any child mature enough to handle the nightmarish prospect of being pursued by a rapacious army of putrefying flesh-eating fiends without permanent psychic damage should be just fine.

CAN I CHANGE MY REGISTRATION?
That depends. Registration types (human/zombie) are final. Team names are final. You can’t join a team after you’ve registered but you can run with whomever you like. There are no refunds.

I’M A PHOTOGRAPHER. CAN I SHOOT ZOMBIES?
Absolutely, if you sign our photo sharing agreement. Submit the form and our photo coordinator will be in touch.

WHO AM I?
If you run faster when you’re chasing someone, then you’re probably a zombie. If you run faster when you’re being chased, then you’re probably human—for now, anyway.

DO I REALLY HAVE TO RUN?
Hey—they’re your brains. If you’d rather walk, skip or sashay to your doom, please be our guest. There’s no clock. No winner. And if you’re not worried about your brains, chances are you don’t have all that much to lose.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
Comfortable clothes and running shoes. Snacks are available. Blood, guts and zombie makeup will be provided.

HOW ABOUT DOGS?
How about not? Dogs don’t generally take well to zombies, or vice-versa. If your dog is medically necessary, please contact us here and we’ll make arrangements to accommodate both of you.

WHAT TIME SHOULD I BE THERE?
Zombie runners should arrive at least two hours before race time to allow for makeup. Humans should arrive at least one hour before race time.

CAN I STILL RUN IF I’M DEAD?
Yes. Being killed by a zombie should not ruin your whole day.

CAN I REALLY KILL HUMANS?
No killing, no hurting. Zombie contestants are allowed to pop the “life balloon” of any human contestant. Physical contact between the undead and the living beyond that is forbidden, unless, of course, by mutual consent.

IS REGISTRATION REFUNDABLE OR TRANSFERABLE?
Unfortunately not. We cannot refund or change a registration to another type (human to zombie or vice cersa) or from team to team. We will, however, be happy transfer your registration to another runner or to a future Zombie Run event at no charge.

WHAT’S THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN?
Brain-eating aside, we take every precaution to ensure that the Zombie Run is no more dangerous than any 5K run. There are no obstacles. Zombies will not physically harm you. And the fake blood will wash out of your clothing, hair and skin.

WHAT IF I LIKE TO WATCH?
Spectators are always welcome and will be accommodated throughout the course. They’re also invited to the after party

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE AFTER PARTY?
Music from a local DJ. Food trucks. Zombie makeovers. Photo ops. Merchandise. And, where state law, permits, beer. (Nothing pairs better with brains.)