In my zombie film class (God, I loved college) we discussed the divide between traditional walking zombies versus running zombies. Walking zombies are relics of old-school, cheeseball flicks, whereas running zombies present significantly more of a challenge. Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake marks the day zombies hit their stride, and since then, there’s been no turning back.
Athletic horror flick fans can deal with running “zombies” face to face at the Tread of the Undead 5K, hosted by Run Wild Missoula. Humans will wear a belt with flags on it and maneuver through a course trying to avoid zombies, who will try to snatch at the flags. Lose all your flags, and you become “infected.” (The instructions note that this is not a contact sport, and any roughhousing will get y’all disqualified.) At the end of the race, fortunately, the real prize is bragging rights for survivors; everybody gets a T-shirt and a pin at the end of the day. The poor souls in Romero movies aren’t so lucky.
The Tread of the Undead Zombie 5K is Sun., Oct. 27 at Fort Missoula, with parking at Big Sky High School. Limited to 400 humans and 200 zombies. Waves start at 1 PM and depart every few minutes. $30/$25 for Run Wild Missoula members. Check out runwildmissoula.org for info and registration.