A night run? Zombies?! Glow sticks?!? Yes, please! The minute I read about this race, like two months ago, I knew I HAD to put this race on the calendar. Since the race was at night and involved zombies. I figured it would be a good idea to bench my son from this race and secure a babysitter. Friends of ours came through beautifully and made running the race sans son easy peasy. The babysitters had everything under control before we even left for the race! We paid them in pizza, cupcakes and cake pops! I’d take that gig in an instant if someone promised me junk food for payment!
When we got there, we heard some announcements about how the course would have no lighting and would be on x-country style terrain. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I wasn’t expecting THAT! The race director advised us not to make this a PR race or focus on our time as there would be no awards. Just go off and have fun with the zombies – and that is just what we did! The race had such a cool atmosphere and everyone seemed so excited and pumped to go out and play with the Zombies. There was a really fun DJ and some people came in costumes and everyone was sporting a crap load of glow sticks! It was AWESOME! If you came in under 35 minutes you received a glow in the dark finisher medal that said I SURVIVED THE ELECTRIC ZOMBIE. If you came in after 35 minutes, you received a medal that said something like, YOU’RE TOO SLOW. YOU ARE A ZOMBIE. You know I couldn’t bring home a you’re too slow medal for the medal rack so we had some good motivation to bust our asses a little bit.
As promised, the course was dark! Zombies stood on the side of the trails and did a really great job of jumping out at us from behind bushes, trees, and rocks. Some runners had head lamps (why can’t I be that smart?!) but other than that and the moon, you couldn’t see too much. Which is kind of a bummer because the zombies (whom I am pretty sure were volunteers) worked hard on their zombie looks, but it was a little too hard to see all the greatness. I only really got a good appreciation of their get ups after checking out some pictures on Instagram (thank you hastags!). The zombies also set up the occasional strobe lights on the course which just made everything more creepier, haha. Despite all that, I was only caught off guard once by a zombie when I was coming into the finish line. They were hiding under a bridge and banging on it and I admit it, I totally yelped. Out loud.
I had a really good run, felt great the whole time and came in under the 35 minute mark with plenty of time to spare. We watched the other runners come in and yelled for them to pick it up so that they would be survivors!
All in all, it was a nicely organized fun run. A perfect run to get you in that Halloween spirit and usher in fall. Now, if only Texas would get the memo and turn down the heat. From what I understand, this was the inagural race and is part of a zombie series. So, if you live in the Texas area or will be in the Texas area, you might want to go and check it out. No need to be a hardcore runner to enjoy this one! http://www.electriczombierun.com/
High lights: Being a survivor, yo! Take that, zombies!
Low lights: not knowing course terrain before the race. I kinda wished that the website had more info on that so I would have been better prepared (mentally). No biggie, though. I probably was taking this race more seriously than I should have been. I definitely had to change gears on race night.
Post Race Eats: water and Nutri-grain bars. Leftover deep dish pizza when I got home. Nom!
Race Swag: Cotton t-shirts, glow in the dark glow sticks and finisher medals.
Coming soon! Race recap of my first 10K!!