The stench of death and decay hovered heavily over Tanganyika Wildlife Park on Saturday, October 27.
Hundreds of runners had their fitness, and more importantly survival, put to the test during the first annual 5K Zombie Apocalypse.
This 5K was not your normal road race. Competitors ran a 5K obstacle course through the mud, over hay bales and around a cemetery, all while being chased by flesh-eating, bloody zombies. As a result, it wasn’t abnormal to watch one runner use another runner as a body shield.
All race participants wore flags that represented their lives. As runners made their way along the race route, they were constantly looking over their shoulders to check whether they were being chased by the undead.
If a zombie grabbed all of the runner’s flags, the runner “died” and they too became zombies. If a runner made it out of the race with their flags still on, they survived the zombie run.
Awards were given to the top three men and top three women in four separate age categories: 14 – 19, 20 – 29, 30 – 39, and 40+. The blood-sucking zombie volunteers were also awarded prizes for the most unique zombie, youngest zombie, oldest zombie, and scariest zombie.