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Run of the Dead - A Benefit for the Wilderness Search & Rescue Team

General Information & Registration


2015 Registration coming soon!

**If you are registering to run and would like to register a team please just have everyone sign up under the same wave time. Staff at the day of the event will make sure everyone runs at the same time.



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Date- 2015 date coming soon

Where - Syracuse Sports Park

     7192 Oswego Road

      Liverpool NY 13088


When - First Wave starts at 11am -

Registration Deadline - October 1, 2015


Cost - $45.00 per runner. 


 If you want to just come and watch and participate in the after party (which will be EPIC and actually begins as soon as the first wave goes off) you must purchase a Spectator Pass/Party Pass. 14 and over $5.00 under 14 are FREE.  





Also there are $10 VIP parking passes available as well. (This allows you to park right at The Sports Park) Free parking is available behind NAPA on rt 57.


What you get with registration - Exclusive Run of the Dead T-shirt, Access to the after party, Music Provided by 3-1-5's finest DJ service, Decontamination Zone, Free Bag Check, and the Zombie Training center. Including but not limited to, Jousting, and Sumo wrestling, bounce houses and other cool vendors.


THE DEAD PARTY - Will start as soon as you get there and the music will also begin throughout the afternoon. Beer, food, blood and guts will be available for purchase as well. We invite you to stay right at the park and party into the night like it’s your last day on this Earth! If that wasn’t enough, yes there will be one of the biggest bon fires you have ever witnessed at this after party! This years BBQ is being provided by Sharkey's of Liverpool. 





Will You Survive?


Protect your brain and run for your life. This is one race where your legs giving out are the least of your problems. Run of the Dead is a unique event, one part 5K, one part obstacle course/mud run, one part escaping the clutches of zombies — and all parts AWESOME.

Runners will navigate a series of challenging obstacles throughout a 5K course (through fields, wooded areas, swamps, rocks, hills and of course mud) in an attempt to reach the finish line — all while avoiding blood thirsty zombies. YES ZOMBIES. At the end of your wave, you can stick around and celebrate survival (or zombie transformation) with fellow runners, live music, zombies, food, and of course, beer!



How It Works


Run of the Dead is an apocalyptic 5K obstacle race, where obstacles are the least of your worries, you’re also running from brain-hungry, virus-spreading, bloody crazed zombies.


Basic Survival


Before the race, you will be given a flag belt, just like the game of flag football. These flags represent your health. The zombies want to take your flags and maybe eat your brains. If you lose all your health flags, you die. And the zombies win.  You have to finish with at least one flag and complete all of the obstacles to "finish" the course.There is no Time Limit, The goal is to finish and not get your brains devoured by the undead.



What you’re Up Against


Throughout the 5K obstacle course, there will be a series of man-made and natural obstacles for you to complete. Runners may choose NOT to complete an obstacle, BUT any runner who skips an obstacle may not be eligible for prizes. There will be zombies. Their job is to chase you and eat you — but mainly go after your health, in the form of your flag belt. Avoid the zombies to keep your health flags. Use speed, strategy and your intact brains to make it to the FINISH LINE “alive”/ with at least ONE FLAG INTACT. If you finish with zero health flags, this means the zombies have successfully transformed you into the “undead”.  Furthermore, without a flag, you will not be eligible for potential prizes including a free beverage, and at any time you will most likely turn into a zombie. (I know, bummer)



How you’ll Do It


There will be a start line, and a finish line, but what happens in between is up to you. There might be multiple routes to reach the finish. Choose wisely, or your 5k might turn into a 10k. We do not record your time that is up to you. We also do not view this as a race but more of a challenge for you to complete. With our course the weather can add allot of different variables from year to year so please pay attention to the weather and plan accordingly. One thing you can count on is getting chased and getting muddy.



The Zombies


Runners? Walkers? Climbers? Crawlers?


Our undead chasers will be transformed at our Zombie Transformation Center if needed (or come in their own Zombie attire). They’ll do whatever it takes to chase you down and grab your health flags. Our zombies will be fed right before the race, but please remember:

  • Zombies are always hungry for blood, guts and your brains.
  • Zombies will not intentionally physically contact any runner other than in attempt to pull a health flag.
  • Direct physical contact (pulling, grabbing, pushing, striking, etc.) between zombies and runners will not be permitted.
  • Do not taunt the zombies with your brains– that is just plain mean.
  • Zombie Rules


  • Direct and intentional physical contact with any runner is strictly prohibited.  All of those in violation of this rule will be ineligible for your zombie perks and will be escorted off of the grounds without a refund.  Those in violation may also be prosecuted depending on the severity of the act.
  • You must obey your zombie group leader at all times.  Trust them; they will lead you to a glorious undead victory.
  • Chaser zombies must run and chase runners during their shift.  We understand you will need time to rest but we don’t want you standing around your entire shift either.
  • A zombie must complete his/her shift in order to receive the zombie perks.  This includes signing in when you arrive and signing out when you are finished your shift.
  • Any visibly intoxicated zombies will not be allowed to participate and will not receive any of the zombie perks.
  • All zombies must be 19 years of age or older by race day in order to participate.
  • Interested in joining the zombie horde? We would love to have you join our horde in your most disgusting/garb known to man; we want the creators of the walking dead to be envious! This year the cost of being a zombie is now free unless you need make up applied by makeup artists then its $15.00 and due the day of the race. You also get access to everything Run of the Dead has to offer and a beverage after the race is complete.









There will be a series of man-made and natural obstacles that will be physically challenging, but not impossible. There will be mud, water and maybe some blood. You will need to climb, crawl, duck and dive your way to the finish line. Oh and there will be a bunch of flesh-starved undead on your tail. Participants, who cannot or choose not to finish an obstacle, will be able to finish the race, but he/she may not be eligible for awards.



What You Get


Besides bragging rights, all runners will receive:


  • A "Run of the Dead" tee.
  • Racing Bracelet complete with number (we know you’ve always wanted one).
  • Admittance to the after party. Which included live music, food, adult beverages and other fun activities.
  • Advanced training for the actual Zombie Apocalypse– date TBD and maybe even some survival tips from the Wilderness Search and Rescue Team.
  • A Hangover.
  • The best (and possibly last) night of your life!



For $10.00, Spectators will receive:


  • Access to select spectator viewing areas throughout course.
  • Memories and/or pictures of your racing friends being scared to death.
  • Admittance to the after party.
  • Prime people-watching opportunities.
  • The best (and possibly last) night of your life!
  • The feeling of regret that you didn’t run the race.
  • A Hangover.





In order to qualify for the prize raffle pool (a Free Beer/Beverage), you will need to cross the finish line with at least one health flag intact.

** Your "completion" of the course /obstacles with at least one flag is primarily based on the "honor" system: please be honest.  Also keep in mind, that although our zombie horde may have quantitatively less brains, they are still very smart and observant and love the taste of cheaters.**


Rules & Safety


A few guidelines to make your race day run smoothly:


Runner Rules:


  • If all of your flags have been taken, you are NOT automatically transformed into a zombie and you may NOT take another runner’s flags, chase other runners, or pick up flags off the ground.  Zombie transformation occurs AFTER you’ve crossed the finish line (the virus needs time to take effect after infection).
  • Direct and intentional physical contact with any runner or zombie is strictly prohibited. You are not to touch, hit, punch, tackle, roundhouse kick, elbow drop, slap, scratch, pinch, spit on, bite, or do anything harmful to the physical health of our zombies or other runners…. no matter how frightened you may be.  Those in violation of this rule will automatically be disqualified and potentially escorted off of the grounds, without refund.
  • If you skip an obstacle or tuck your flags into your clothing, you are automatically disqualified from a time-based award and you are to turn in your flag belt to a course official.  Regardless of the outcome, please make sure that we get your flag belt back from you.
  • Flags are to be visible to course officials and zombies (not covered by long clothing) and to be worn on the sides of the body.
  • Participants must wear their Run of the Dead Bracelet at all times.  Participants will not be allowed to race without an official bracelet & number.
  • Line up at least 10 minutes before your race wave at the start line.  Waves close 10 minutes after runners begin to cross the “Start” line.  You must run in the wave that you are assigned to.  Your wave will be identified when you register.
  • Visibly intoxicated guests will not be allowed to participate in the race.  Please arrive to your wave time SOBER.
  • Runners must be 15 years of age or older by race day in order to participate. If you are under the age of 18 you MUST have your parent or guardian present at registration and they must sign a special waver as well.

Other General Rules/safety items:


  • No weapons or mock weapons will be permitted on the premises.
  • No drugs, outside alcohol, or outside food/beverages are permitted on the property.  Food and beverages will be available for purchase inside the event.
  • No alcoholic beverages are to be consumed by persons under the age of 21: we will ID.
  • No pets or small children are allowed to race with you. Not even if they’re trained to hunt zombies.
  • For those not running in the race, you must check in at the food/beverage building prior to gaining access to the property. 
  • Participants and spectators must abide by all instructions given from the race directors, race staff, volunteers and medical/search and rescue personnel.
  • Do not drink and drive.
  • Several photographers and videographers will be stationed along the course.  Participants, spectators and volunteers must agree to allow the event producer (Syracuse Sports Association) to use any pictures or video footage of the event for future promotional purposes.
  • Please be prepared for running on uneven terrain and through mud, blood, etc.: wear appropriate footwear as well.
  • Dress for the weather!  Remember, it is October in central New York: we could see anything!
  • If you become lost or injured, the Wilderness Search and Rescue team will be at various check points throughout the course: stay where you are and yell "help".
  • Overall: please be safe and have a good time.


Race Suggestions/ Reminders:


  1. Bring an official form of identification (license, passport, photo ID, etc.) and you must sign a waiver to participate. We will not be able to let you into the event otherwise.
  2. You will be covered in mud, zombie guts, body parts, and other apocalyptic liquids after the race so bring a towel and change of clothing (especially socks and clean shoes to change into).
  3. Bring blankets and warm gear to change into following the race. (There is also a bag check this year)
  4. Feel free to bring a lawn chair so that you can stick around for the music and food/beverages.
  5. Parking will be next door to the course in the open area behind NAPA on Rte. 57. To enter this lot you will pull into Sharkey’s and then follow the signs or there is an entrance right on Rte. 57 just before NAPA.
  6. Check the weather before the event to make sure you are prepared (i.e. umbrellas, warm gear, cold gear, wet gear, etc.).
  7. Costumes are HIGHLY encouraged and who knows there might be random prizes awarded for your creativity!
  8. We recommend you arrive at least 1-2 hours before your designated wave time to allow time for parking, registration, waiver signing, mental preparation, strategizing, and travel to the starting line.
  9. Registration DEADLINE is October 1, 2014: please register as soon as possible, so that we can be adequately prepared.  If you decide/have interest in participating following the registration deadline, please contact and we will try to fit you in, depending on capacity.
  10. The first wave will start at 11:00 am, with subsequent waves starting about every 1/2 hour.  There will be some variability, so make sure you pay attention to what is going on.  Your start time and the number of waves will be dependent upon a number of factors, including: the number of participants, the weather, the time of your registration, the awesomeness of your costume, and your overall attitude about being devoured by ZOMBIES.
  11. Remember to stick around after your wave to enjoy some tasty food, Beer, Music and generally the most kick butt after party this side of apocalypse!
  12. This is not a race, but a challenge: which means we will not be timing you and you are not competing against the other participants.  It is up to you to finish and help others finish.  You may walk or run: you do not have to be faster than the zombies, just faster than your slowest team member.
  13. We understand that there is some variability in the information listed above, but please be patient with us, and above all, have a great time!   





















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