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(Fox 31 Denver)   'Zombies' at 5K Zombie Run complain event too violent   (kdvr.com) divider line 7
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2013-07-31 01:30:23 PM  
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ReapTheChaos: Can someone explain to me what this big fascination with zombies the last year or so is all about? I like a good zombie movie as much as the next guy but when did all this become such a trend?


1968
2013-07-31 10:36:49 AM  
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crossfitfire.com
2013-07-31 08:58:29 AM  
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tentaculistic: INeedAName: I did one of these. it was a lot of fun. Basically a tough 5k with some interesting obstacles. Every participant gets a belt with 3 flags and as you're running, there are zombies all over the place, trying to snatch them off your belt.

I can see why people get carried away with it, mostly because people are stupid.

Yeah, the Baltimore MD Run For Your Lives (1st in that series) was set up like that - waist flags instead of balloons. The rules are really strong about not hurting the zombies since they're not, you know, actually zombies, they're dressed-up volunteers. Too bad Denver had so many jerks. Lighten up Denver!

And the zombies don't run, the people do. There are hordes or clots of zombies along the way, especially at choke points. It's also an obstacle course, so there are lots of choke points. And mud. Red mud.

The volunteer zombies


At the Run for Your Lives events, they have zombies that most definitely run.  Actually, you have chase zombies and shuffler zombies, depending on what you sign up to be, and they mix them up throughout the course.

The first Run for Your Lives event I did, I dressed up as Ash from Army of Darkness, with the cloak, gauntlet, etc. but no boomstick. : (  Can't say that I was too happy about the dark, fogged-filled shock box, as I was zapped pretty good on my forehead while crawling on my hands and knees. Anyway, I made it to the last zombie zone with one flag left, unfortunately for me if was filled with a horde of young, fast zombies bouncing a soccer ball around. I didn't stand a chance as I was in a very small group and they zeroed in on me. Anyway, here's video I shot with my Countour camera, complete with music and sound bites from Army of Darkness for those of you with nothing better to do.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vH547BTL27o

The second Run for Your Lives event I did, I dressed as a zombie clown, and I was gonna chase people down relentlessly. They warn zombies and runners that they cannot be overly physical and aggressive, meaning no shoving, stiff-arming, etc. But you just knew you were gonna encounter some douchebags that took it too far. Those were easy to spot and the most fun to chase. I actually grabbed a guy's flag only to see that he had actually tied it to his belt. Really? People feel the need to cheat in a zombie fun race? Anyway, I made him un-tie the belt and hand it over. Not on my zombie watch baby!

All in all, they're fun races. I had a fun and will mostly likely do another.
2013-07-31 07:58:09 AM  
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The volunteer zombies were really artistic, some of them. One guy was a "legless" zombie, so he lay on the cold October ground and scrabbled at the dirt. The ground was pretty torn up in his vicinity, so he had obviously been there for awhile. That's dedication!
2013-07-31 07:55:37 AM  
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INeedAName: I did one of these. it was a lot of fun. Basically a tough 5k with some interesting obstacles. Every participant gets a belt with 3 flags and as you're running, there are zombies all over the place, trying to snatch them off your belt.

I can see why people get carried away with it, mostly because people are stupid.


Yeah, the Baltimore MD Run For Your Lives (1st in that series) was set up like that - waist flags instead of balloons. The rules are really strong about not hurting the zombies since they're not, you know, actually zombies, they're dressed-up volunteers. Too bad Denver had so many jerks. Lighten up Denver!

And the zombies don't run, the people do. There are hordes or clots of zombies along the way, especially at choke points. It's also an obstacle course, so there are lots of choke points. And mud. Red mud.

The volunteer zombies
2013-07-31 07:53:55 AM  
1 votes:

BHShaman: Don't volunteer next time.



CSB warning:

I volunteered as a zombie once.  It was by accident.  I wanted to run the race, but my wife volunteered us as zombies to get cheaper tickets.  She was a stumbler and I was a chaser--3.5 hours of sprinting after racers on a 90-degree, humid day with no water or snack breaks.  I didn't bother to run the race after my Zombie shift.

Anyway, a woman stationed ahead of us on the course had three of her fingers sprained (one at a time, ouch) by overly aggressive runners.  I watched four people twist or sprain their ankles and end their race on the narrow, muddy, and uneven stretch of course below me.  The whole thing just struck me as a bad idea and I would not volunteer again or ever run one.

But it was worth it for the pictures.

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2013-07-30 11:47:11 PM  
1 votes:
It must be; zombies don't run
 
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