By Trey Gregory
No matter how much someone thinks about preparing for the zombie apocalypse, nothing compares to actual practice. Luckily, the Electric Zombie Run is a perfect way to practice running from the undead cretins.
The Electric Zombie Run, hosted by Mellew Productions, will commence its inaugural run in Waco at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16.
Preparing for the zombie apocalypse has become a common topic of conversation in many social circles. Even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention unveiled a guide to help citizens survive a zombie apocalypse such as having a kit prepared with supplies such as a flashlight, water and food.
The starting line of the race will be at the Waco Convention Center. Race-day registration starts at 11a.m., line up for start is at 7:15 p.m., the post race party starts at 8:30 p.m. and the costume and brain eating contest starts at 8:45 p.m.
The zombie run will provide anyone over the age of 12 with a chance to test their skills at running from a zombie-infested area while avoiding any zombies along the way.
Being able to effectively run from zombies is very important for survival during a zombie apocalypse. After all, let’s not forget survival rule No. 1 from the movie “Zombieland” — have excellent cardio endurance.
Although there will be many volunteer zombies at the race, nothing will happen if a runner is actually caught by a zombie.
“Our zombies are not allowed to touch anyone,” said Mellew Productions customer service representative Sherry Herndon. “They’re just there for the effect.”
Herdon said that anyone who wishes to volunteer to be a zombie for the race may register on the Electric Zombie Run website http://www.electriczombierun.com/waco/. Herdon said volunteers should bring their own costumes, but Mellew Productions will have some makeup artists at the race to help.
Those who finish the race in 35 minutes or less get a glow in the dark medal that says, “I survived the Electric Zombie Run.” Those who take more than 35 minutes to finish the 5-kilometer race also get a glow-in-the-dark medal, but it will say, “I was too slow. I am a zombie.”
Race participants are encouraged to wear costumes to the run because there will be a costume and brain eating contest shortly after the race.
The winner of the consume contest will get a special prize and their picture posted on the Electric Zombie Run website.
Those who wish to participate in the brain-eating contest will eat brain-molded cake or Jell-O. The brain-eating contest is free for registrants and $10 for spectators.
The entry fee is $35 and registration is open until race day. Participants will receive a, “Sweet Electric Zombie Run T-shirt, two reflective LED light bands, a race bib, an EPIC post-race party entrance and glow-in-the-dark medals for everyone.”
More information about the Electric Zombie Run, including locations in Lubbock and Fort Worth can be found at www.electriczombierun.com.