DeKALB – Local runners still have their chance to train for a zombie apocalypse by participating in the CRMS Zombie Dash at 8 a.m. Saturday at Clinton Rosette Middle School.
Each participant must decide whether to run for their lives for five kilometers, or chase down the uninfected by noon Thursday. Participants may register online at GetMeRegistered.com by looking up “CRMS Zombie Dash.”
Jamie Vilet, race organizer and president of the CRMS Parent Teacher Association, described the CRMS Zombie Dash as a fun twist on a 5K run.
“This was a nice mix of 5K and something adventure-y and different,” Vilet said.
Vilet said all proceeds from the race will go to the PTA to be used for improving the school’s computer lab and other technology purchases.
Each participant can choose between three different roles in the zombie apocalypse.
There are the human runners, who represent the survivors of a zombie apocalypse. Each runner will have a “life flag” that zombie runners will try to get during the race.
Only human runners with their life flag still attached will be awarded first, second and third place. Zombie runners earn awards based on how many life flags they have collected when crossing the finish line.
There is a third category called “medics.” Medics simply run, and are not chased by zombie runners or human runners.
Human and zombie runners pay $30 to register, medics only have to pay $25.
“We wanted to offer a category for runners who just wanted to participate but didn’t want to chase or be chased, and wanted to observe the mayhem,” Vilet said. Medics will have a red cross sticker on the back of their shirt.
Vilet said 96 people have registered for the 5K, with 34 of them as human runners, 43 as zombies, and 19 as medics.
Only participants age 11 or older can participate. Vilet said they are also hosting a “Trick or Treat Trot” for children 10 and younger. In this event, children will run to four different points on the track and collect candy. Vilet said that later the children will be awarded based on their costumes.
So far, 10 people have registered for the Trick or Treat Trot, Vilet said.
Zombie runners can wear their own make-up and costumes to the race, or be zombified by a group of volunteer makeup artists.
Human runners begin running at 8 a.m. Zombie runners begin running three minutes after the last human runner leaves the starting line.
Medics begin running three minutes after the last zombie runner leaves the starting line.
Registration is between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. Saturday in the gym at Clinton Rosette Middle School.
If you go...
What: CRMS Zombie Dash
When: 8 a.m. Saturday
Where: Clinton Rosette Middle School, 650 N. First St.
• Human & zombie runners: $30
• Medics (neutral runners): $25
• Trick or Treat trotters: $10
Register online at getmeregistered.com by noon Thursday. Use search term "CRMS Zombie Dash."
For race information and results, go to www.crmszombiedash.wordpress.com.