Phildelphia, PA (PRWEB) December 12, 2012
The Zombie Run is 3.1 mile racecourse of gut-wrenching, blood-pumping, sweat-dripping fear, which will debut in Philadelphia, April 7th and on subsequent dates in 15 other U.S. cities, for the most exhilarating 5K of your life… if you survive.
The Zombie Run Themed Race is not your typical hometown 5K run, unless of course, your hometown is infested with an army of marauding Zombies.
By using the popular Zombie theme,The Zombie Run creates a running narrative on a racecourse designed like a Hollywood Apocalypse movie-set, where participants either run through the course track as Zombies, or living Zombie prey. Participants must run to safety, while dodging an imaginatively harrowing barrage of apocalyptic carnage.
Professional, on-site make-up artists transform normal, everyday, warm-blooded runners into blood sucking, flesh eating Zombies. If you survive, there is a party following the race. A portion of proceeds from each event will also be donated to a local charity.
The Zombie Run is the brainchild of Andrew Hudis and David Feinman, who are 19-year old undergraduate students. Hudis attends the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and Fienman is currently studying at Bucks County Community College in suburban Philadelphia, with plans to transfer to Temple University next year.
“Three years ago, I told David that I always run fastest when I’m being chased,” said Hudis. “We joked that we should start a race where actors chase the runners to the finish line. Eventually, we realized that our idea could actually be a fun race.”
Hudis contacted local haunted houses and asked if he and Feinman could stage a race on their hayride trails, but they all declined.
Eventually they dropped the “chase” element but stuck with the idea of a spooky run.
“We eventually held a Halloween-themed 5K in a local park called the Trick-or-Treat 5-Miler that was a ton of work and never made much money, but it was a fun project,” says Hudis.
Hudis and Feinman knew they were on to something and continued to work on their idea for two years. By 2012, they realized that taking a themed run on the road to multiple cities could be a good business.
“We thought about taking the Trick-or-Treat 5-Miler on the road and it eventually evolved in The Zombie Run. We brought Carrie Snyder, a promoter we’d met at other Philadelphia events, on board and The Zombie Run was born,” says Hudis. “We wrote our whole business model over three meetings in local coffee shops and three months later we were permitted in five markets,” he adds.
What makes The Zombie Run so different than other racing events?
“Our race really focuses on story. Like a ride at Disney World, we create an alternate reality over an otherwise mundane experience. We focus a lot on runner experience, and spend the money that other races use on obstacles to enforce our theme and add more carnage to the racecourse,” Hudis says.
Hudis and Feinman have assembled a seasoned team of professionals with over 100 years of collective experience in race and concert promotion, and live event production and marketing, who will help them bring The Zombie Run to the following cities across America:
The Philadelphia Zombie Run - Philadelphia, PA – 4/7/13, 8am – FDR Park
The Louisville Zombie Run - Louisville, KY – 4/21/13, 12:30pm – Iroquois Park
The Charlotte Zombie Run - Charlotte, NC – 5/19/13, 12:30pm – Freedom Park
The Miami Zombie Run-Miami, FL-10/12/13, 6pm- Historic Virginia Key Beach Park
The Seattle Zombie Run - Seattle, WA – TBA
The Portland Zombie Run - Portland, OR – TBA
The Columbus Zombie Run-Columbus, OH – TBA
The Chicago Zombie Run -Chicago, IL – TBA
The New Orleans Zombie Run-New Orleans, LA – TBA
The Indianapolis Zombie Run-Indianapolis, IN – TBA
The Brooklyn Zombie Run-Brooklyn, NY – TBA
The St. Louis Zombie Run-St. Louis, MO – TBA
The Denver Zombie Run-Denver, CO – TBA
The Austin Zombie Run- Austin, TX – TBA
(Additional city to be announced.)
For event tickets and information updates about The Zombie Run, visit http://www.thezombierun.com
About The Zombie Run Team
Andrew Hudis transitioned from racerunner to race promoter in 2008 when he co-founded a popular charitable marathon in Mae Sariang, Thailand, called Tribe-to-Tribe.
After Tribe-to-Tribe, Hudis wanted to stay involved in race promotion more locally, so he founded the Bucks County Half-Marathon. After his first year, he partnered with David Feinman, a childhood friend, to direct the event with him. Today, it is one of the premier Philadelphia distance events, recognized by Philadelphia Magazine as one of the cities Best Spring Runs.
Before The Zombie Run, Carrie Snyder was a director for the popular Ragnar Relay series. Her other race projects include the ODDyssey Half-Marathon and the Yuengling Lager Jogger. Carrie also consults with local events and national race tours on race development, promotion, and management.
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