Charleston's zombie run is back on Saturday, Oct. 25, at the North Charleston Wannamaker County Park; registration is now open.
You can register at RunDead5k.com ($48; $40 for Charleston County residents)
Here are more details from a release:
Presented by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission and On Purpose Adventures, the 3rd annual rUNdead Charleston 5K returns takes place on the winding trails of Wannamaker just before sunset. The 5K course takes runners through woods and clearings, over bridges, across creeks, along ponds, and of course, through a maze of blood-thirsty zombies.
Not only will runners race against the clock on rugged terrain, they will dodge the undead at this challenging and exciting 5K. Participants will receive a belt with three detachable flags. As runners make their way through the course, zombies will attempt to grab the flags. Runners who bring five canned goods for donation to the Lowcountry Food Bank will receive an extra health flag before the race, increasing their chance of "survival" to the end of the course.
Limited registration is also available to be a zombie on the race course! In addition to traditional slower-moving zombies, a new category this year is the addition of the "raging" zombie, a running, more active member of the undead. Runners are also encouraged to dress in costume. Runners and zombies are invited to visit the "zombie assimilation station" to receive undead makeovers prior to the race. Gates open at 2 p.m. and the race begins at 5 p.m.
Following the race will be the Aftermath post-race party, featuring live music, a costume contest with prizes, a movie screening, a youth area featuring zombie tag and other events, vendors, food, beverages, and an awards ceremony. Spectators (ages 12 and up) are encouraged to attend rUNdead for just $5, or by bringing 5 canned food items for donation to the Lowcountry Food Bank. Spectators ages 12 and under are free of charge with an adult chaperone. Runners ages 12-15 may compete in the race, but must be accompanied by an adult. Groups of 10 or more can save on race registration by holding their own food drives to benefit the Lowcountry Food Bank.
Race registration is available at www.rundead5K.com or by calling 843-795-4386 (through Friday, Oct. 24). Rates increase on Oct. 10, so interested participants are encouraged to register today.
The rUNdead Charleston 5K is presented by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission and On Purpose Adventures. Other sponsors include HOCOA of Charleston and 1st Class Painting and Restoration (presenting sponsors), Intown.com (costume party sponsor), Cinnebarre (post-race movie sponsor), and the Paul Mitchell School of Charleston (providing artists and makeup for zombie assimilation). Visit www.rundead5k.com for further details, to read race rules, and to view videos and photos of the race.
Owned by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC), Wannamaker County Park is located at 8888 University Blvd. (Hwy 78), North Charleston, SC 29406. The mission of CCPRC is to improve the quality of life in Charleston County by offering a diverse system of park facilities, programs and services. The large park system features over 10,000 acres of property and includes three land parks, three beach parks, four seasonally-lifeguarded beach areas, three dog parks, two landmark fishing piers, three waterparks, 19 boat landings, a climbing wall, a challenge course, an interpretive center, an equestrian center, cottages, a campground, a marina, as well as wedding, meeting and event facilities. The park system also offers a wide variety of recreational services – festivals, camps, classes, programs, volunteer opportunities, and more. For more information on CCPRC, call 843-795-4386 or visit www.charlestoncountyparks.com.