AAAaaaaah!! They're coming!
August 4, 2011 5:33 AM   Subscribe

Run for your lives! Zombies are coming!
posted by FunkyHelix (23 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

 
So..these are fast zombies...
posted by odinsdream at 5:50 AM on August 4, 2011


The undead make it a time trial.
posted by Smart Dalek at 5:56 AM on August 4, 2011


An excellent application of Rule #1: Cardio.
posted by Strange Interlude at 6:16 AM on August 4, 2011 [3 favorites]


Haven't zombies gone the way of ninjas and pirates, yet?
posted by kaseijin at 6:37 AM on August 4, 2011


You mean culturally unloved, but extant the world over?
posted by shakespeherian at 6:49 AM on August 4, 2011


You know, I always hated the abstract nature of working out, put things up and then put them down! Why? So you don't get diabetes! just depresses me. Adding some a aide of make believe is enough to make me interested.

( oh can we do video game stuff next? Flee Rhe octorocks or Oh No, Archers! )
posted by The Whelk at 7:07 AM on August 4, 2011


If this comes to Montreal, heck yeah, I'm participating.
posted by Kitteh at 7:22 AM on August 4, 2011


Boy, they're going to be surprised when they see my shotgun.
posted by klangklangston at 7:33 AM on August 4, 2011 [4 favorites]


So, this is the new thing. These seems exactly like the Warrior Dash, except with zombies. Right down to the number of obstacles. A 5K run with 12 obstacles. I did the Warrior Dash last weekend.

I bet the pricing is even similar - something like $50 to register. You tack on the $10 for parking. $6 for a turkey leg after. $20 for a beer in a COMMEMORATIVE MUG, and you've got a recipe for riches.

Anyway, it was a good time. So this would probably also be a good time.
posted by kbanas at 7:36 AM on August 4, 2011


In fact, the more I look at the two websites, I feel like the Warrior Dash and Run for your Lives! have to be related. I mean, the two sites have an eerily similar vibe.
posted by kbanas at 7:37 AM on August 4, 2011


I'm running this. I'll let y'all know how it goes.
posted by HumanComplex at 7:37 AM on August 4, 2011 [2 favorites]


I'd like it if they ditched the race aspect of things like this and just had, like, local versions of Ninja Warrior. All like climbing things and jumps and basically doing some Prince of Persia stuff.
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER at 7:53 AM on August 4, 2011


( oh can we do video game stuff next? Flee Rhe octorocks or Oh No, Archers! )

I would run in something called Oh No, Archers! Actually, you know what? Lightbulb. Okay so now all we need to do is:

(1) design a circuit course in the woods with some basic obstacles
(2) retrofit some paintball guns to fire padded arrows instead (how hard could that possibly be)
(3) hire a staff of archers
(4) brand it with The Hunger Games: Live
(5) sell tickets for both participation in the games and spectating, and
(6) make INFINITE DOLLARS
posted by penduluum at 7:57 AM on August 4, 2011 [2 favorites]


the first thing that went through my mind when i read the 'how it works' page, was to imaging pple stealing other runners health flags. it'd be a lot more realistic to a post-apocalyptic zombie world, where people must also defend their resources for staying alive, from their fellow runners.
posted by fuzzypantalones at 9:00 AM on August 4, 2011


maybe they should do a 'battle royale' style run next.
posted by fuzzypantalones at 9:01 AM on August 4, 2011


I also did the Warrior Dash recently (you can see my AskMeFi about it here) and loved it.

I would love to do this, but it only lists Baltimore right now. Booo.
posted by lumpenprole at 9:19 AM on August 4, 2011


Zombies hate fast food.
posted by hypersloth at 9:35 AM on August 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Meh. Sounds like a good time, but it's the day before the Marine Corps Marthon.
posted by grateful at 9:40 AM on August 4, 2011


The Warrior Dash is put on by Red Frog Events LLC of Chicago. Can't find a parent company, they received a Stevie Award in 2010, looks like it's a legitimately passionate running events organization.

Run For Your Lives appears to be developed by Reed Street Productions LLC (FB link), founded by MGH Modern Marketing as their "zombie marketing division", both of Baltimore. Article on sciencefiction.com.

Andy Malis, president of MGH: “At MGH, we’re always on the cutting edge of what’s next with marketing, and we anticipate that the next big thing is zombies.” Tongue might well be firmly in cheek, but it's a PR company when all is said and done.
posted by likeso at 10:39 AM on August 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


So yeah, RFYL seems to have ripped off WD's website concept, if not their sci-fi/fantasy/gaming running event concept.
posted by likeso at 10:42 AM on August 4, 2011


Hmm....this might be a good motivator for me to actually start running again. (Or rather, slow jogging.) Mefi meetup?
posted by sperose at 11:36 AM on August 4, 2011


I doubt if I am in shape to run this, but I bet I could pass for one of the zombies pretty easily
posted by Redhush at 11:48 AM on August 4, 2011


In fact, the more I look at the two websites, I feel like the Warrior Dash and Run for your Lives! have to be related. I mean, the two sites have an eerily similar vibe.

The branding for Caveman Crawl, Warrior Dash, Jailbreak, Mud Run, this, and any of a dozen or so obstacle 5ks I know about are nearly identical. There's only so many directions to go with, "FUCK YEAH RUN IN THE WOODS WITH MUD."

The sensation of being chased sounds good, though. If they bring this close enough I'll be all over this one.
posted by cmoj at 4:37 PM on August 4, 2011


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