It has been a year and a half since the zombie outbreak that caused Run For Your Lives Georgia. We thought we were safe. But while Atlanta was busy picking up the pieces, the infestation swept across the nation--from Boston to St. Louis to Los Angeles and many more.
Then, the winter began. Things were calm until the zombies began to thaw. In April, stories of infected skyrocketed in South Florida. Soon after, cases popped up in New Jersey and Colorado as well. The infection, much like the effect on its hosts, had risen from the dead. Reports now indicate that this Saturday, September 14, the hordes of infected will return to the Atlanta area in full force. There are only two options: survive, or become one of the flesh-eating infected.
Run For Your Lives is a 5k obstacle course race like none other. Unlike the many themed 5k races out there, Run For Your Lives is a completely immersive experience. From the race signage and decor to the professional special effects makeup on the zombies to the relevant vendor and information booths, the anticipation starts as soon as you step foot on the grounds.
Participants of the "original zombie-infested 5k obstacle course race," Run For Your Lives, are given two options: runner or zombie. Whether you're an experienced runner, obstacle course expert, or just someone that wants the bejesus scared out of them, you will be challenged. According to the website, "Anyone can run. But everything changes when you’re running for your life." Then there are those that choose to participate as zombies. Those sick, twisted individuals* that are ravenous for brains. The runners should be scared!
The way it works is this: runners are given a flag tag football belt with three flags. They must race through the obstacle course and avoid the zombies who will be reaching for their flags. If a runner makes it through the race with at least one flag, they have survived. If not, they join the hordes of infected. Afterward, everyone celebrates at the Apocalypse party with bands, food, and beer. After almost two years and 25 cities, the stats are 44934 survivors and 99925 infected. Think you have what it takes?
Run For Your Lives Georgia will take place this Saturday, September 14. Zombie registration is closed, but there is still a chance for more runners to participate. Spectators are welcome!
For more information, visit www.runforyourlives.com. You can also check out the Facebook event page and read about last year's Run For Your Lives Georiga. Not in Atlanta? There are eight more races scheduled for 2013, and two already scheduled for 2014.
*This reporter will be participating as a zombie at Run For Your Lives Georgia. Subscribe to this column to read my upcoming review on what it is like to be a zombie in Run For Your Lives. Also, be sure to like the Atlanta Underground Club Scene on Facebook and follow on Twitter.