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Zombie run!
« on: August 10, 2010, 01:58:03 PM »
I just found out about this, and I'm seriously considering ditching my Saturday-night plans to run around avoiding zombies instead.

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Re: Zombie run!
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2010, 02:27:31 PM »
Too far from me, but definitely looks like a fun night!

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Re: Zombie run!
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2010, 02:39:47 PM »
I just found out about this, and I'm seriously considering ditching my Saturday-night plans to run around avoiding zombies instead.

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I live in the DMV (Bowie, MD).... I'm going with the fiance; thanks for the info!!!

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Re: Zombie run!
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2010, 04:22:06 AM »
I talked the wife into it (since her original plans for Saturday night were to drag me to Legally Blonde the Musical, which would've required truly staggering amounts of alcohol), so if y'all wanna meet up, PM me and we'll work it out.

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Zombie run AAR
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2010, 08:57:34 AM »
This was a *blast.*  Moreover, it was pretty interesting as an exercise in urban escape, survival and evasion.  Situational awareness was absolutely necessary, or the hungry dead were going to get you, period.  The folks who lasted longest were the ones who weren't just fast, but clever, strong, tough and agile, because they had to evade literally hundreds of pursuers saturating a roughly ten-square-mile area.  Toward the end, organized packs of "zombies" were working unison to corner or tree and capture solitary, tired survivors.  The folks who lived the longest skulked through the back alleys and shadows, knew the terrain at least reasonably well, had no trouble covering at least twice the nominal, five-mile distance, and had sufficient get-up-and-go to leap walls and fences to shake pursuers.

Bad points:  it was their first time running one of these, and the scale sort of got away from them.  Estimates exceeded 1000 participants, and they didn't lay in enough red necklaces to mark every zombie as such, so a lot of people got tagged early because they didn't realize that a necklace-less person was a zombie (including me).  The cops in Alexandria seemed *convinced* the event was going to end up in a riot; they were thick on the ground, and demanded that the organizers ban even play weaponry that would have otherwise been in evidence for the associated costume contest.

In short, this was both a useful training exercise *and* it was unspeakably fun.  I'll definitely do it again next year and I highly recommend it if this sort of thing comes around your way.

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Re: Zombie run AAR
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2010, 09:21:01 AM »
This was a *blast.*  Moreover, it was pretty interesting as an exercise in urban escape, survival and evasion.  Situational awareness was absolutely necessary, or the hungry dead were going to get you, period.  The folks who lasted longest were the ones who weren't just fast, but clever, strong, tough and agile, because they had to evade literally hundreds of pursuers saturating a roughly ten-square-mile area.  Toward the end, organized packs of "zombies" were working unison to corner or tree and capture solitary, tired survivors.  The folks who lived the longest skulked through the back alleys and shadows, knew the terrain at least reasonably well, had no trouble covering at least twice the nominal, five-mile distance, and had sufficient get-up-and-go to leap walls and fences to shake pursuers.

Bad points:  it was their first time running one of these, and the scale sort of got away from them.  Estimates exceeded 1000 participants, and they didn't lay in enough red necklaces to mark every zombie as such, so a lot of people got tagged early because they didn't realize that a necklace-less person was a zombie (including me).  The cops in Alexandria seemed *convinced* the event was going to end up in a riot; they were thick on the ground, and demanded that the organizers ban even play weaponry that would have otherwise been in evidence for the associated costume contest.

In short, this was both a useful training exercise *and* it was unspeakably fun.  I'll definitely do it again next year and I highly recommend it if this sort of thing comes around your way.

I didn't make it... Wifey and I were busy all afternoon on Sat. planning the wedding with our travel agent and grocery shopping, that said we were too wiped to go. Glad you had a good time though! We'll try to make it next year... -MH

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Re: Zombie run!
« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2010, 09:46:45 AM »
This is really cool.  I know some runner types that would probably be down for something like this here in the Austin area...

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Re: Zombie run!
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2010, 12:45:05 PM »
that sounds like it would have been a blast!

I was hoping you were talking about this when i first saw the thread...

http://undeadrace.com/home.htm

I am going to do this in October as my first 5k run ever! (plus going to make a thread about it!)

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Re: Zombie run!
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2010, 02:19:08 PM »
That is a really sick idea.  You should be ashamed of your selves.  ...  If I was younger .. MAYBE  .. I think my sons would only play if they could use paintball guns

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Re: Zombie run!
« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2010, 02:50:31 PM »
Alexandria PD forced them to ban anything that might even look like a weapon, so no paintball guns or even squirt or nerf guns, and more's the pity.