Zombie Buffet 5K 10/13/2012 Columbus, OH

Do you have what it takes to survive a zombie apocalypse?  On October 13th, you’ll have your chance to find out, as the Zombie Buffet 5K comes to Columbus, OH.

The Zombie Buffet 5K is a unique road race that pits Runners against Zombies in a mad dash to safety.  The event narrative is a virus has broken out and the uninfected are in the midst of an orderly evacuation when something goes horribly wrong and the infected get loose in the Evacuation Zone. As a runner your only chance at survival is to run to the safe zone without becoming one of the infected. This will not be easy as you have 3.1 miles to run with dozens of zombies throughout the course as well as dozens more in hot pursuit.

I first heard about the Zombie Buffet 5K this past spring and immediately fell in love with the concept.  I liked the idea so much that I dragged my 42 year-old body out and started training.  Within a couple short months, I went from not having run any real distance since high school, to banging out 5 kilometers every other day.  Now I’m ready to test my mettle against the walking dead.

I assure you that I have no hopes of winning this event but I’m damn sure going to do my best to avoid being infected and hope to cross the finish line intact.  How could any self-respecting Halloween fan not love this?

When you register you can choose to be either a Zombie, a Runner, or register for the Infected Lottery and leave your fate to luck. The path you choose controls much of your experience in the Zombie Buffet 5K.

As a runner you have two health flags and only one goal – cross the finish line with at least one of your flags still intact. Fail to achieve that goal and lose both of your flags and you will become one of the Zombies and join in the pursuit for the remaining runners. This is how the infection spreads

As a Zombie your goal is entirely different – collect as many runner flags as possible.

Each wave of the Zombie Buffet 5K consists of a combined 400 participants and will have two winners: the first Runner to cross the finish line with at least one flag intact and the Zombie who collects the most flags. Additional prizes are awarded to the 2nd and 3rd place runners.

The Zombie Buffet 5K has something for people of all ages, with runners divided by age group as follows: 11 to 13, 14 to 16, and 17 and up.  There will be prizes for all categories.

All participants will receive a Zombie Buffet 5K tee-shirt, dog tag, bumper sticker, silicone bracelet, sponsor swag, access to the after party, and most importantly training for the actual inevitable zombie apocalypse.

Team “Monster For Rent” consists of only myself at the moment.  However, if any of you monster fans care to join in, I’d love the company.  Don’t care to run?  Come on down and be a zombie.  There are only so many chances in a year to get all ghouled up and cut loose, it would be a shame to miss out.

Any any rate, time is short.  Slots are filling up fast and the organizers are encouraging people to get their tickets now, in order to assure a spot.  For the full story, check out the event page http://www.zombiebuffet5k.com/.

Finally, if you’re already planning on attending and happen to be reading this, please leave a comment below.  With luck, we can toast our survival at the after-party.