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‘Walking Dead’ wannabes

Beaumont’s first Zombie 5K Fun Run set for Oct. 27


Those who’ve ever wondered if they can outrun a zombie will soon get their chance.

Beaumont’s first Zombie 5K Fun Run will be held at 5 p.m., Oct. 27, at Gulf Terrace Park, located at 9001 Dishman Road. Entry fee is $30.

Organizer Matt Noble said he saw zombie-themed runs in other cities and wanted to bring the fun to Beaumont. The event is a partnership between the Boomtown Film Festival and the Sea Rim Striders.

“This is the kind of event that you normally see in bigger cities, but we don’t believe that should exclude Beaumont, a growing and vibrant metro,” Noble said.

Participants will have the option to run the full course or just walk and take selfies with the zombies in designated contamination zones.”

“It’s a pretty casual event, so if you’re a runner, you can come and speed through the course,” Noble said. “If you’re just a fun-loving zombie fan like me, then you can go your own pace and just enjoy the thrill of getting chased along the way.”

The themed race is self-timed. Runners will be sent in heats to allow space to navigate the contamination zones, where the zombies lie in wait, Noble said.

“It’s literally a race to survive,” he said. “OK, not literally, but your heart will definitely be racing as you try to make it through six contamination zones without becoming ‘one of them.’”

Entrants will also receive a T-shirt.

“If you really love zombies, it’s a cool, weird thing,” volunteer Julia Rodriguez said.

Water stations will be sprinkled along the route and snacks and more photo-ops will be available after the race.

Proceeds will benefit Boomtown Film Festival’s events.

Registration is available at run

zombie through Oct. 26.

Packet pick-up begins one hour before the race.

Story by Eleanor Skelton, UP contributor

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