Get Fit... By Running Away From Zombies

Technically this isn't about games - but there are lots of zombies in games right? Okay, now we've justified this, take a gander at this awesome concept. Remember the crappy cross country runs you used to have to do in High School. Remember how boring they were? Imagine how much more motivated you'd have been if you were being chased by frickin' zombies...

This is the idea behind Run For Your Lives, an event which combines running with zombies, to spectacular effect. The concept is pretty self explanatory but, according to the site, it works as follows...

BASIC SURVIVAL Before the race, you will be given a flag belt, just like the overly intimidating game of flag football. These flags represent your health. The zombies want to take your flags and maybe eat your brains. If you lose all your health flags, you die. And the zombies win. Health bonuses will be hidden throughout the course. If you find one and carry it to the finish, it will save your life.

WHAT YOU’RE UP AGAINST Throughout the 5K obstacle race, there will be 12 man-made and natural obstacles for you to complete. Runners may choose NOT to complete an obstacle, BUT any runner who skips an obstacle will not be eligible for prizes. There will be zombies. Their job is to chase you and eat you — but mainly go after your health, in the form of your flag belt. Avoid the zombies to keep your health flags. Use speed, strategy and your intact brains to make it to the FINISH LINE with at least ONE FLAG INTACT. If you finish with zero health flags, your time will be recorded, but you will not be eligible for awards.

HOW YOU’LL DO IT There will be a start line, and a finish line, but what happens in between is up to you. There are multiple routes to reach the finish. Choose wisely, or your 5k might turn into a 10k.

For now this event seems to be limited to specific locations in the US, but we can only hope they take this thing on tour. It sounds awesome.


    I need to get fit and I can see how been chased by pack of zombies may give me the motivation I need.

    Bring on the Kinnect version.

    I seem to remember reading about a game similar to this, but purely audio.
    It was on a smart phone with a geolocator and basically the sounds of moaning zombies or terrified people changed depending on where and how fast you were running.

      You're thinking of Zombies, Run! I think.

    I hate doing running events, but if they themed it like this, I'd be very interested.
    Somebody do one in Perth!

      I second this... although where to have the running routes?

    You would really wanna hope it is stringently officiated and all participating zombies undergo police checks and all that. Fuck giving somebody an excuse to bite me.

    I like it. I would consider participating if it made its way to the 'berra.

    Combine this with ZombieFit and I think we have a winner!

    I hope no one gets confused and tries to decapitate a "zombie"

    i can haz chainsaw?

    all fun and games until the dude that plays too much dead rising comes to the party ^_^

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