Zombie Dash Pits “Survivors” Against the Undead in 5K Run through Downtown GR

Halloween Weekend Night Race is One of Only a Handful in the World

The Zombie Dash will be held Saturday, October 27, 2012, at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids. The run, with waves from 6:30 to 7:00 pm, will feature a five kilometer course along the Grand River, including “Apocalypse Avenue” east of the 6th ST Bridge which will feature cars full of suitcases and clothing, abandoned as residents fled the city. The cost for runners is $39 and zombies eat for free (or $13 if they want the shirt).

A Halloween Hellraiser concert at the park from media partner WGRD will follow the event. It features Dead Sara, with special local guests Bangups and Fine Fine Titans. Free, for all ages.

There’s a twist to the run. First, runners/survivors must wear two “life strips,” or flag football flags, tucked in their waist and avoid zombies hiding out along the way, bent on yanking the strips away and giving the runners a time penalty.

There’s another twist. The race takes place from sunset to darkness. Those beginning before sunset can almost make it home before dark if they are quick. Survivors at later start times will race as darkness falls. All runners will be required to wear a headlamp or flashlight for safety (and comfort!).

And a third twist. Runners must survive a post-apocalyptic street called “Apocalypse Avenue,” a lung-burning climb up “Kill Hill” at Belknap Park and “Look-out! Park” in the Belknap Hill neighborhood which will present a frightening maze of boxes for survivors to escape through.

Friends, family and the general public are welcome to cheer on their survivor(s) and pick up the pieces left behind.

The charity partner for this race is the Michigan Blood Stem Cell Program, which educates the public about the importance of the Be The Match registry and marrow/stem cell donation. The stem cell program recruits potential marrow/stem cell donors for the National Marrow Donor Program’s Be The Match registry. Michigan Blood is also a regional collection site for stem cell donations. 70% of patients suffering from illnesses like leukemia, lymphoma and 70 other blood related diseases, turn to the Be The Match registry for a matching marrow/stem cell donor. Every year around 10,000 patients look to the Be The Match registry for a donor.


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