There’s a Free Midnight Zombie Race on the SRT Next Week

It's safe to say you're going to be a bit tired for work on Monday morning.

Yesterday, we gave you guys the rundown of the full lineup of events for the Ghost Race, Lululemon’s free virtual 8K on the Schuylkill River Trail that will be going on all next week. (You can learn more about it here.) We knew that it was kicking off with a midnight race in the wee hours of Monday morning — that would be 12:01 a.m. on Monday, October 17th — but what we didn’t know is that said run, being led by Jon Lyons of Run215, would be a … wait for it … zombie race. So if you’ve ever wondered how you would fare as a cast member of The Walking Dead, here’s your chance to find out.

Here’s the deal. Lyons tells us the course, which runs just about five miles along the SRT, will be marked with green and red flashing lights that signal safe zones or zombie zones. The zombie zones will be stocked with very fast zombified runners (professional horror makeup artists will be zombifying them up) who will pop out and try to chase runners down. Runners will be wearing streamers — if both of your streamers are snagged by zombies before you hit the finish line, you’ll still be able to finish the race, but you will finish as “the undead,” Lyons says.

And if this sounds like an anxiety-inducing nightmare to you (I’m with you), do note: You can opt out of the zombie-chasing; folks who don’t want to be chased will wear glowsticks.

Lyons says the course markers will be well-lit and they’ll have marshals along the course if anyone needs ‘em. Oh! And there will be medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place runners. Hint: The medals are just as spooky as the race itself. The Ghost Race and all the events affiliated with it are free to join in on, you just have to sign up here then show up when you’re ready to run. You can check out the lineup for the rest of the race’s scheduled group runs here.

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