BY CAELYN WINTERSTEIN-Staff Writer
On November 11th, Field of Screams will be holding their annual Zombie Fun Run—with a new edition. There is now the option to run during the day or the night; however, you must be older than the age of twelve to participate in the night run.
The night run is new for this year, as in past years there has only been a day run. It is your choice whether or not to be a runner or a zombie chasing after the runners, keeping in mind that to be a zombie you must be at least sixteen years of age.
Parking is free, and the event takes place at the Field of Screams attraction in Mountville, PA, rain or shine. Runners are strongly encouraged to wear costumes for the event, and zombies can come dressed in their favorite zombie attire; awards will be given for best costume.
The walk-on fee for the 5K race is eighty dollars for a runner, and forty dollars for a zombie. The fee to be transformed into a zombie is a mere ten dollars; the only form of accepted payment is cash.
After the race has been finished, a “Living Dead After Party” will take place with food, drinks, and much more. You are permitted to stop by before you begin the race, or after you have finished.
It is a 5K course, and last year, it was deemed a huge hit among those who attended. “Great obstacles,” commented a runner from last year’s race.
“Everything was well planned out and allowed you to be challenged but have fun. I will be back next year.”
This race also sets aside a large amount of the proceeds to donate to the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition, and last year, they raised 3,500 dollars. Regardless if runners are “infected” by zombies by the end of the race, each and every one of them still receives a medal for participation.
When the race ends, there are t-shirts available for purchase. There are also several food stands, which only accept cash.
For runners, there are races every thirty minutes; between the hours of 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm, the race is opened to all ages. Anytime before or after that, you must be at least twelve years old to participate in the race.
Each runner is given a belt with three flags on it, and if you make it to the end of the race with at least one of those flags left, it means you have not been “infected,” meaning you have won the race against zombies.
The event is not timed, and the medal that each person is awarded at the end will either read, “survived” or “infected.” There must be at least four runners on each team.
Participants can be transformed into zombies by professional makeup artists, and they are encouraged to hunt for the runners in packs; a lone zombie is less effective than one who works alongside others. They are permitted to choose whether they will be a “chaser,” those who capture flags of the runners, or a “stumbler,” those who mimic the actions of the runners by crawling and stumbling.
More information on the run and the waiver for participation can be found on the website www.zombiefunrun.com. Before signing up, decide what you want to be: a zombie, or a runner?