The event features human runners with zombie runners chasing them in an attempt to “survive” the race. Not only will human runners have to outrun the zombie runners, but there will also be zombie roamers in assigned areas along the course. Anyone can sign up to be a runner, zombie runner or zombie roamer.

Do you have a love of running and zombies? Have you ever considered combining the two?

If you have, then the Zombie 5K Getaway is exactly what you are seeking. The event, which is in its third year, is a 5K fun run/walk and will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24 at Riverside Park. All proceeds benefit Brown County United Way. Last year’s event raised $3,500.

“We’ve had a few people here at 3M that are runners, and that is where it started,” event organizer Sandra Powell said. “5Ks have seen a big shift in making them more appealing and putting a different twist on them. That’s when someone came up with the idea of a Halloween, zombie-themed race with runners being chased by zombies.

“We’ve had a big response the last three years and we keep increasing the money we can donate.”

The event features human runners with zombie runners chasing them in an attempt to “survive” the race. Not only will human runners have to outrun the zombie runners, but there will also be zombie roamers in assigned areas along the course. Anyone can sign up to be a runner, zombie runner or zombie roamer.

Human runners will be given a 3-minute head start, and will have to outrun the zombie runners and dodge the zombie roamers along the course. Human runners will wear a survival belt with three flags on it. The goal is to finish the race with all the flags still attached.

Zombie runners will chase the human runners over the course in an attempt to collect as many flags as possible. The zombie roamers won’t be running the course, but will be in the designated “Zombie Zone” where they will provide interference and grab flags from human runners. The roamers will be limited to a specifically designed area.

“It is an event that can be open to anyone, including families and groups of people,” Powell said. “You can run it, you can walk it. If you are a runner who is exceptionally fast you can be a zombie runner and chase human runners. Zombie runners are held back 3 minutes. They let the human runners go first. The zombie runners have to catch them.

“We have a special area called the zombie roamers and stand back in the trees and scare people and try to take their flags away. We try to offer something for everybody.”

Registration is open for the race. Cost is $25 from Oct. 1-10 and $30 from Oct. 11-24. Entrants must declare as a human runner, zombie runner or zombie roamer. Performance tech T-shirts will be given to entrants registered by Oct. 10.

Participants may register online through Race Day Services at http://register.racedayeventservices.com or pick up a registration form at 3M, Anytime Fitness, Heartland Mall or Brownwood Store at The Depot. Completed registration forms and payment can be mailed to 3M, Attn.: United Way Committee, 4501 Hwy 377 South, Brownwood, TX 76801.

Event organizers are also seeking volunteers to help with photos, water stations, path guide monitors, zombie zone monitors and start/finish line helpers.

For more information about the race, visit www.facebook.com/zombie5kgetaway.

Brent Addleman is managing editor of the Brownwood Bulletin. He can be reached by calling 325-641-3110, or email baddleman@brownwoodbulletin.com. Twitter: @BWD_Editor.