Sunday, December 9, 2012

Provo Canyon Escape Zombie 5K

If you've had a little too much candy and need a more active way to celebrate Halloween, try running the Provo Canyon Escape 5K, a race where zombies are chasing you.

The race started at Nunn's Park and ended at Timpanogos Park. It was a mild downhill the whole way except for the first quarter mile and one other small uphill. We parked at Timpanogos park and took buses up the canyon to the starting line.

Each participant was given a yellow flag to clip onto their clothing. The goal was to make it through the course without a zombie stealing the flag. Participants who still had their flags were given a survivor t-shirt at the finish line and participants without were given an infected t-shirt. There were running zombies and staggering zombies. Running zombies were allowed to steal flags while staggering zombies were not. All of the participants were given a five minute head-start before the running zombies were unleashed. A five minute head-start may seem like a lot, but many of the zombies were on the BYU cross country team and ran the length of the course in under 15 minutes (although anyone running a sub 20 likely did not see any running zombies). Staggering zombies were placed throughout the course for effect.

One downside was that more than half of the zombies didn't show up. It would've been more fun with more zombies along the course. It also would've been fun if the zombies positioned along the course were allowed to steal flags. If you're interested in signing up to be a zombie, go to and send them a message under the "contact us" link.

The first place survivor won a trophy as well as some gift certificates and a few other things. There was some stiff competition however, with the winner coming in at 14:44.

Here's the link for the rest of the results:

Looking forward to next year!

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