It isn’t quite The Walking Dead - or is it? - but the second annual Hillmond Zombie Mud Run returns to the Redden Centennial Arena on Saturday, May 16, and it has a few surprises in store.
“We’re upping the ante on the obstacles this year,” said Marlene Graff, committee chair for the event. “We changed the course, some of it will look familiar to last year’s runners, most of it won’t.”
The run committee will introduce several new challenges this year, including a Wall of Doom, and will incorporate water slides, a Tarzan swing, a broken bridge and a blood bath.
The run is a five-kilometre obstacle course that is also filled with mud. Competitors wear flag football belts with three flags, each one representing a life, and attempt to complete the course with at least one flag remaining. However, approximately 50 zombies spread across the course will attack contestants and try to rip their flags off.
“Last year, out of around 300 runners there were only 13 that survived,” said Graff. “We have a special trophy that we will be engraving all of the survivors’ names on.”
This year, participants feeling extra ambitious will have the option to go through an additional five-kilometre loop.
While the event promises to bring entertainment, it’s also a fundraiser for the Redden Centennial Arena, where proceeds go towards maintaining and improving the Hillmond facility.
Graff says that thus far, registration for the event has been down from last year. She attributes the decrease to the economy, but thought last year’s strong response would lead to similar or better results this time. After hosting 300 participants last year, about 150 are signed up for the 2015 run.
The Hillmond Zombie Mud Run will begin at the Redden Centennial Arena before working its way into the rural surroundings. The event committee is also planning to set up a beer garden and a barbecue outside the arena, and has invited a DJ to pump some beats in the parking lot.
Participants ages 12 and 13 must sign up with a registered parent, while 14-year-olds require parental consent.
Registration costs $55 per person, and contestants can sign up individually or as a part of a team at www.runningroom.ca.