The run, occurring on the weekend of Halloween, will have an interesting concept. Or at least as interesting as running away from zombies can get.
“Runners are given a shoulder harness with three flags attached. The runners then try to run the 5.6 km course without losing their flags to the zombies in the woods. The zombies are race participants dressed as zombies who try to steal flags,” said Kendra Cahill, a volunteer at the centre.
The participants of the run raise pledges and all the proceeds go to Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre, a registered charity which provides an 24/7 crisis line for anyone affected by sexual violence.
Although it may seem a macabre theme, the success of past events shows that zombies bring a crowd.
“[We thought] why not? This would be a fun event for people of all ages and abilities to participate, have fun and raise money,” Cahill said.
The Crisis Centre holds the event annually on the first Saturday after Halloween, creating great opportunities for all kinds of good deals on fake blood and Halloween costumes.
This year, the event will be a little different than it has been in the past.
“The course has been updated to be two full loops at Killarney Lake. This allows the zombies to double the chance of catching flags,” said Cahill.
Another change to the run this year is that they will be releasing the participants in waves to reduce congestion on the trail. This will also make it harder for the runners to avoid the zombies, adding more suspense to the course.
This run is sure to be adrenaline-packed, and will also reward everyone with some items to take home. Along with this there will also be prizes awarded to the top individual and top team fundraiser, the best-dressed zombie and the best-dressed runner.
Since space is quite limited, people are encouraged to register in advance online at Therunningdead.eventbrite.ca. Anyone can participate, however an adult must accompany children under the age of 12. Cost of registration is $45 for runners and $10 for zombies.