Zombie Evacuation: A 5k race with a gory twist
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If you think running is a boring sport, think again. Forget your fun-runs and half-marathons, over the last couple of years a new type of race has sprung up – the obstacle race. Featuring obstacles & challenges ranging from monkey-bars to mud-crawls, races like the Spartan Race and Tough Mudder aren't for the faint of heart. Now the bar has been raised even further by the announcement of the UK's first ever Zombie Race, taking place this Halloween near Cambridge. Participants not only have to run a 5k course littered with 20 obstacles “akin to set pieces from a movie or TV show”, they also have to run away from the blood-thirsty undead. The National Student caught up with co-organiser Jon Ford to get the lowdown on the event. He said: “We had been thinking for a while that the world of obstacle course racing needed an entry level event. Something that was a little more accessible than the tough, almost elitist image of the Spartan. We also wanted a hook and as zombies are really in vogue at the moment, we decided to put the two together. “At heart we're a team of zombie movie loving racers and as such we've created obstacles that could only have come from the minds of zombie nutcases.” Jon and his partner Jess had held a long-standing interest in the genre, with Jess working for Spartan, a big name in obstacle-races in both Canada and the UK.
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