By Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor
Back in the day, used to be zombies were pretty easy to get away from – unless you happened upon a hive – but today, the rules have changed. Now they can run and in the case of at least one popular zombie film, they can strategize and work as a team.
Those are the kind of zombies you will encounter if you take part in the Zombie Charge 5K run coming up Saturday, Sept. 7 at Bison Brook Farms on Button Road in North Stonington, CT.
The event is being promoted via a Groupon deal with a $55 discount for single entries; the final cost is $39 for a single entry or $75 for two, plus a $4 insurance fee and a processing fee (not specified in the offer) each, payable at registration.
If you’d rather be on the chasing end of things, you can also contact Zombie Charge and for a modest fee, be trained to be a zombie during these events.
In this challenge, (live) humans navigate built obstacles (such as climbing walls and tunnels) and terrain that includes swamps, cornfields and a Christmas tree farm.
Zombies in pursuit attempt to snatch flags from a belt worn by runners. (As far as I know, no actual brains will be consumed.)
Those crossing the finish line with at least one belt flag still attached are counted among the 5K’s survivors; handlers stand by with antidotes for less fortunate racers.
At the end of the run, participants receive a T-shirt, survivor’s medal, one free beer (for those age 21 and over), and access to a “Survival Party” with plenty of live music, food and all kinds of activities.
This course even has a viewing area safe behind a chain-link fence where spectators and survivors can watch runners try and survive the charge of infected zombies.
Before they set foot on Zombie Charge’s 5K obstacle course, participants have a choice: remain human or join the undead.
Here’s a review by the New England Spahtans posted on Facebook about Zombie Charge’s Zombie Run:
Sept 7, 2013 – Zombie Charge will be (and stay) in eastern CT, just 5 miles from Foxwoods Casino… Zombie Charge is new to the OCR circuit – but it was founded by 4 dedicated professionals with the goal of creating an internationally-recognized brand for what a zombie run should really be.
… So what is Zombie Charge about? First they are about the entire experience. From the moment someone parks their car to the moment they leave, they will be having a great time.
They are about consistency. Although each venue and location offers different landscapes, the obstacles will still be fun, challenging and many even unique.
The zombies will be in character the Zombie Charge way (what does that mean? Well, you have to register to be a zombie to learn how they help train their zombies). The volunteers are great and care.
They are about professionalism. The OCR market is beginning to get crowded. Zombie races are popping up all over the map – some offering far more than others. Zombie Charge wants to be recognized as the best of the best.
They are about safety. Although OCR can be potentially dangerous, maybe even more so with people (zombies) chasing after you, Zombie Charge is taking the appropriate steps to create the safest environment possible.
… Each course has 8-12 built obstacles depending on the terrain. Each participant receives a tech T-shirt (one that you will want to wear even after the event), a medal, a beer and their Survivor/Zombie Head Buff.
They didn’t want to disclose too much of what happens at the event, wanting to leave some surprises, but did want to let our readers know they are taking their events very seriously. They are OCR enthusiasts and event planners themselves and know what goes into the making of a solid event.
Ever shoot a zombie? Do you even know how fast some zombies can move? Are you fast enough to outrun one? And what happens if you reach the finish line and you are infected? Well, Zombie Charge has special plans for those people!
Oh, check out their Facebook page, too (and other social media), they are very active on that and share some pretty funny “bleep.” facebook.com/zombiecharge @zombiecharge #zombiecharge
Note: this review is also posted on the Zombie Charge web site; is edited here for length by HTNP News Editor Brenda Sullivan… who is a big fan of “The Walking Dead.”
Posted August 23, 2013
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