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October 29th, 2016 is bringing out the Monsters and Zombies to Bend

On October 29th, two Halloween-themed races are greeting Bend for a full slate of running and costuming. The Monster Dash 5k & 10k and the Bend Zombie Run may be on the same day, but they take place at 9am and 6pm respectively.

The Monster Dash is put on be Fleet Feet Bend and takes place at Highland Elementary School. The course is ran on the west side of the river. From the description:

Runners and walkers will go east over the wood bridge into Drake park to begin. Following Galveston Ave to Lemhi Pass Rd. Follow route to NW Shevlin Park Rd. A little turn to get you on to NW Milwaukee Ave. will get you back to the finish line at Highland Elementary School. The 10K route is the same route, just 2 loops.

There is also a kid’s race, the Little Monster Miler, for $10. There will be face painting, games, candy and lots of fun for the kids.

The race benefits Younity, a local foundation that works to prevent bullying in middle and high schools.

The Monster Dash 5k & 10k (Bend)
When: Saturday, October 29 at 9am
Where: Highland Elementary School
Register: Online here; $25 (shirts available from $15-$25)


The Bend Zombie Run is put on by our friends at Lay it Out Events, and comes to the Bend Armory later in the evening on Saturday, October 29th.

For those who are unfamiliar with these races, participants get to choose if they want to be a human or zombie. Humans will then be given a few minute head start over their undead counterparts. Survivors aim to stay ahead of the zombies to avoid having their two flags gobbled up the flesh-hungry brethren. But in this version, the Zombies are not the only ones on the prowl… From the website:

Survivors carry 2 blood-red flags and only stay “alive” if they hold onto at least one the flags that the Zombies hope to grab from them as they chase them down over the course of the 5k race. The Zombies will have 2 death-yellow flags and can only continue to “eat” the Survivors if they hold onto at least one of their flags (see detail page for Survivor and Zombie instruction/rules).

The course remains a secret, but it will be approximately 5k in length and feature one obstacle area (free from the opposite team) that needs to be completed before finishing. Here is a little hint at that:

Survivors start first, but will encounter a puzzle obstacle stop along the course that will slow them down and will make them vulnerable to the Zombies who are chasing them. The Zombies will start after the survivors and follow their trail, and will later also have to navigate an obstacle of their own.

Bring your ID and some extra cash to take advantage of some specials from Riverside Market and Crow’s Feet Commons. There will be a make-up artist on site (for a $5 charitable donation) to help you look your most undead.

The race benefits Healthy Beginnings, a program who provides accessible physical, developmental and behavioral screenings to children from birth through age five.

Bend Zombie Run (Bend)
When: Saturday, October 29 at 6pm
Where: Bend Armory
Register: Online here; $30 ($35 DOR); Discounts for families/groups

About Matt Rasmussen (1517 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

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