Zombies chase runners April 13 in Potsdam, to benefit Special Olympics
Friday, April 12, 2013 - 9:09 am

POTSDAM -- Participants will run for their lives April 13 to escape the zombie apocalypse at Clarkson University, and to benefit Special Olympics New York.

The rUNDEAD is a 5k run through Clarkson’s campus in which runners will start off with a flag belt and three flags representing their lifelines. “Zombies” will be stationed throughout the course attempting to take the flags one at a time. Once a runner loses all three flags, they are “dead” and the zombies have won. While those runners can still finish the race, they will not be eligible for awards or prizes.

Runners can register in two different ways – the competitive “Fast Food” group or the non-competitive “All You Can Eat” group. You can register online as an individual or a team in advance for $25 per person at www.therundead.org/NorthCountry or sign up that day for $30. Each runner will receive access to the course, race day festivities and an official rUNDEAD race day t-shirt.

If you don’t want to run, you can register to be a zombie. Each zombie will be transformed in the “Mob Tent” the morning of the event. Zombies have the option of registering as “Hunters” who can chase runners or “Crawlers” who can stumble, walk or shuffle after their prey to try and steal their flags. Zombies can register as an individual or a team in advance for $25 or $30 on run day. Each zombie will get an official transformation, a rUNDEAD race day t-shirt, participation in race day festivities, and the thrill of the chase.

Race day registration starts at 8 a.m. at Cheel Arena, with the waves of the race starting at 10:30.

Businesses can become sponsors and there are opportunities for people to be involved in this new event. Contact Brian McDonald at (518)388-0790 ext. 108 or bmcdonald@nyso.org.

Special Olympics is the largest amateur sports organization in the world. With 55,698 athletes, Special Olympics New York is the largest chapter in North America and the soxth largest chapter in the world. Special Olympics New York athletes train and compete year-round in 22 sports, the Young Athletes Program and the Motor Activities Training Program - at no cost the athlete, their families or caregivers.