Zombies to Invade Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Junction, Vermont on October 20, 2012

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Zombie Run LLC hosts fun run to present unique challenge: navigating zombie-infested obstacle course.

Zombie infested 5k obstacle fun run coming to Vermont.

Runners and adventure racers throughout the country have conquered nearly every challenge thrown at them. They’ve climbed over bales of hay, run through lakes of mud, scaled giant slippery walls and leapt over pits of fire. But, there’s one thing they haven’t done – escaped zombies.

On October 20, 2012, the Champlain Valley Expo Center will be transformed into a “Refugee Camp”, where survivors of the Zombie Apocalypse will gather to make plans to save humanity. Individual and teams of runners will be given the task of navigating a 5k obstacle course while avoiding hordes of zombies determined to foil their plans.

  •     Runners will be given a flag belt with three flags that represent their health
  •     The zombies will try to take the flags and thus “infect” the runners
  •     The 5k course will contain obstacles for the runners to overcome
  •     The runners will attempt to navigate the obstacles, avoid having their health flags taken, and retrieve a serum containing “botanical” before returning to the safe zone and finish line.
  •     Runners may form teams at registration. Two types of zombies will be present, fast and slow. Additional health flags may be found or earned while on the course.

“We are offering our runners, Zombies, and observers a day of pure escapism…” said Richard Vaughn, Chief Zombie Wrangler at Zombie Run, LLC. “..the chance to be a hero or a villain in a post-apocalyptic setting. We are thrilled to have the Essex Junction fairgrounds as the venue to stage this event, and to have the folks at Nightmare Vermont involved with character make up and development.”
The 10 obstacles will test participants’ agility, strategy and coolness under pressure. While details of the obstacles are being kept under wraps, some of the titles are “know your zombies”, “zombie research facility”, “apocalypse alley” and “maze ‘o monsters.”

The event is open to the public with a variety of activities scheduled. The band Relic will be playing on the main stage while Supersounds entertainment will supply Vermont’s largest inflatable obstacle course for the kids, weather permitting. Colchester paintball will be on hand for zombie marksmanship practice. E Knock and a crew from MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew will be performing a dance demo.

Nightmare Vermont will provide the creative vision and make up skills to create the Zombies in the Zombie transformation center. While most Zombies will be the traditional “walker” type, a few will be fast and deadly “predator” Zombies.

Some couples have decided that the Zombie apocalypse is quite romantic and one wedding vow renewal isscheduled. Producers from Fjord Studios in Norwich, Vermont will be on hand to show their film The Rookie Plague. The Rookie Plague is a film shot on the campus of Norwich University that chronicles what happens after hurricane Irene hits a small Vermont town causing a chemical leak that turns the residents into the undead.

Registration packages start as low as $67 for participants and include race shirt, admission to the Apocalypse Party, a medal signifying your survival or zombie transformation, and advanced training for the zombie apocalypse. Spectator and zombie packages are also available and start as low as $10. Find out more at http://www.ZombieRun.com or http://www.facebook.com/zombierunLLC.

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