Zombie Run pits runners against undead at Fort Gordon

If you’ve ever longed to experience a zombie attack, this is your chance.


More than 100 volunteers in zombie makeup will line a 5K obstacle course at Fort Gordon today for the inaugural Zombie Run.

At least 160 runners will brave the course, each wearing three flags around the waist. Anyone who loses all three “lives” to the hordes of undead milling around the Army post becomes a zombie.

Three organizers from Fort Gordon’s Better Opportunities for Single Service Members unit said there was no shortage of volunteer zombies.

“We have walking zombies, running zombies, crawling zombies, zombies climbing on obstacles,” 2nd Lt. Ashley Slack said. “Everybody wanted to be a zombie.”

Runners will encounter a range of zombies, from shambling, slow-moving flesh-eaters to sprinters similar to those in the movie 28 Days Later.

Participants will set out in heats of about 22 runners
to tackle the ditches, walls and log climbs of the obstacle course. Winners cross the finish line with at least one life left and will be divided by age and gender.

Check-in begins at noon on the post at Third Avenue and 31st Bypass, beside the dinner theater.

The first heat sets off at 2 p.m. Registration today costs $35.

An “Apocalypse” after-party featuring music and cold drinks is free to participants and observers with arm bands and lasts until 10 p.m.