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Run For Your Lives: A 5k Obstacle Course Race With Zombies

Combining the excitement of marathon races and zombies, Run For Your Lives is an intensely unique experience that is sure to get your blood pumping.

At the core of Run For Your Lives are the basic marathon rules. There is a start, a finish, obstacles, multiple routes that you can follow, and competing racers. However, unlike a typical marathon, there are two additional factors: zombies and flag belts.

Every runner is given a flag belt with attached flags, similar to the kind worn during flag football. These flags indicate your health. The job of the individuals dressed in zombie costumes is to snatch away those flags. When all of your flags are gone, you die, and you are disqualified from the race. But fear not there are health packages hidden throughout the course that will help keep you alive.

Completion of the race, including the twelve man-made and natural obstacles, entitles you to the post-race awards, which include:

  • One free beer.
  • Admittance into the Apocalypse Party.
  • Advanced training for the actual Zombie Apocalypse.
  • Medals signifying your survival of the race (or zombie transformation).
  • Racing bib.
  • Warwear performance tee.

The race is split between the age categories of 14 to 19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, and 40 and older. There is also a separate military division for those truly hardcore individuals that want a real challenge. The top three men and top three women of each winning division will be invited back to play parts as the lead zombies for the next obstacle race. You can go from winning the race to destroying those that want to win.

Here are the dates and locations for upcoming events:

  • Baltimore, October 22, 2011
  • Atlanta, March 3, 2012
  • Boston, May 5, 2012
  • Indianapolis, June 23, 2012
  • Seattle/Portland, August 4, 2012
  • San Diego/Los Angeles, October 20, 2012
  • Austin, December 15, 2012