Zombies Are Coming Back to Medford at the 2016 Running Dead 5K

When October comes around, it generally means one thing – the arrival of themed Halloween, and especially Zombie races. The video from the Running Dead 5K, coming up on October 22nd in Medford has be jacked up that these races are coming!

For those who are unfamiliar, runners get to choose if they want to be a human or zombie. Humans then leave and are given a few minute head start over their undead counterparts. Runners attempt to use their speed (and even some technique) to keep from being eaten by the upcoming zombies. This is done by making sure that the two flags each human has are kept. Make it to finish with flags intact and you survive. Zombies who feast on the most prey and have the most flags at the end will be crowned King and Queen of the Apocalypse Party!

If you have friends who want to participate, but aren’t really the running type, there is a cool option for them as well. It will cost them extra, but they can be a “placed zombie”, meaning that they will be assigned at hiding spot along the route and can surprise running humans in a quest for flags only! There is also a sprint version for kids 4-8, which is only $10 and comes with a customized bib, a race medal, as well as other stuff along the race course.

Obviously, costumes are always encouraged and really add to the awesomeness of the event. In addition to the race, there will be a costume contest and a local beauty salon will be on site beginning at 1pm and offering make-up to those who want to add a little something to their ensemble. There will also be hot dogs and burgers being grilled (as a fundraiser) beginning at 2pm.

This race is a charity event to benefit Goodwill’s job training programs in the Southern Oregon region including Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake counties and Siskiyou county in CA. Money from the event, lunch, and any other donations will go to the great work that Goodwill does.

Lastly, it is music to my ears (and taste buds), that Medford’s newest brewery (and the only one I haven’t been to) –  Common Block Brewing Company – will host the after party. They are even giving every eligible participant a $5 certificate redeemable for one year from issue at Common Block Brewing Company’s restaurant or bar!

Running Dead 5K (Medford)
When: Saturday, October 22 at 430pm (432pm for zombies)
Where: Pear Blossom Park at The Commons in downtown Medford
Register: Online here; $30 for 10k; $25 for 5k

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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