Medford’s Running Dead 5K is one of two “dead” themed races in southern Oregon on Satruday, October 21. This 5K is a chase or be chased event, with participants choosing to be either human or zombie. Humans will get a head start on the zombies, but they must watch out for “placed zombies” along the course. “Placed zombies” are not running in the race, but instead are additional challenges for humans to get past while they try to outrun the zombies starting the race behind them. This is not a timed race, but instead a race to keep your flags if you are human or a race to steal flags if you are zombie.
At the Apocalypse Party afterwards, find out who wins the titles of Ultimate Survivor and King of the Zombies. The party will be at Common Block Brewing Company and will include music, contests, prizes, food, beverages, vendors, and games. Participants will receive a $5 food/beverage certificate from Common Block Brewing Company that may be used at the party or at a later date.
If you need assistance with your zombie get-up, there will be free zombie make-up application available before the race. There will also be a Southern Oregon Subaru Kids Survivor Sprint for those ages 4-8 before the 5K.
The Running Dead 5K 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 California.
The Running Dead 5K will be held at Pear Blossom Park in Medford at 11:15 A.M. The entry fees (through October 1) are $25 for the 5K, $35 to be a place zombie, and $10 for the Kids Survivor Sprint.
The other “dead” themed race on October 21 is Day of the Dead Race in Talent and includes a 5K, 10K, and a 1 mile fun run. This event is put on by NOWIA Unete to promote health and wellness in the community through active lifestyles. “Unete is a volunteer-led movement of farm-workers and immigrants in rural Southern Oregon educating their community and advocating for worker rights, humane immigration policy, and full participation in the decision-making processes affecting their lives.”
After the race enjoy entertainment including mariachi, traditional folkloric dance groups, a DJ, and Zumba. The post-race party also includes authentic Mexican and Latin American foods, face painting, crafts and booths for kids; all in a traditional Day of the Dead celebratory setting. In keeping with the theme, the top 3 male and female finishers in each race will be awarded with hand made Day of the Dead skull.
The Day of the Dead Race starts at 10:00 A.M. near City Hall (110 E Main St., Talent.) Entry fees (through October 20) are $25 for the 10K, $20 for the 5K, $10 for the 1 mile fun run, and $5 for the untimed 1 mile fun run. T-shirts are available for an additional $10.