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Panicked evacuation preview: The 2018 Great Zombie Chase (Heiser Farms)


X-Dog Events is not one to shy away from unique and irreverent events, and they are always looking for ways to tack on even more wackiness to existing races. With The Great Pumpkin Chase 5K firmly established as an annual early October morning race, X-Dog couldn’t leave well-enough alone and in 2016 added a second 5k, The Great Zombie Chase, the evening before.

Both events feature a cross-country course through the fields, woods, and mud of Heiser Farms, and while the routes are relatively flat, there will be a few unspecified “obstacles” to throw a “scare” into you. The Great Zombie Chase is a non-descriminatory event, open to both zombies and humans. Fleeing humans will have a 30-second head start on zombies, so make your choice wisely. To further influence your choice, X-Dog is offering a cash prize to the overall winner: A first place human will win $100, but if the first “person” to cross the line is a zombie, “it” will win $150!

In addition to overall and masters awards, age-group prizes will be presented in standard 5-year divisions, and there will be a costume contest for zombies and human survivors. Runners who finish both the Great Zombie Chase and the Great Pumpkin Chase are eligible for the Pumpkin Man prize based on fastest combined times in both events!

What: The Great Zombie Chase

When: Saturday, October 6th

Where: Heiser Farms, Dayton, OR

What time: Race start – 4:30pm. Packet pickup and day of race registration begin at 3:00pm, and stick around for the after party from 5:50pm to 7:00pm.

Registration: Register online HERE for $30 before 9/22 (prices increase to $35 on 9/23). Hurry! Entries are capped at 300.

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About Joe Dudman (253 Articles)
Portland, Oregon native Joe Dudman has been running races since his sophomore year in high school, and has accumulated over 600 race shirts through the years. Although he has survived 8 marathons, Joe prefers shorter, faster races like 5Ks and the mile.

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