P.S. On a somewhat related note, is anyone excited for/has anyone participated in the Run For Your Lives
zombie 5K? It's part of my motivation to get fit, because it's also a massive obstacle course. Anyone who doesn't know about it and is interested should look it up. Orlando is in November. I can't wait.
Yeah, I ran in the very first Run For Your Lives last October. It was a hella lot fun, but it was horribly managed from a logistics perspective.
To be fair, they faced non-trivial problems. They sold 10K+ participant slots, which made parking an interesting and significant concern. They rented a field from a nearby farmer, but only one entrance in & out of the field and rain the night before turned the field into a muddy rutted mess. They started late, every heat ran late and they had to refund some 3K tickets because it got too dark to safely run through the woods. They hired three buses to ferry everyone from the parking lot to the event, but the event was at the end of a road and the buses had to back up in order to go get another load of runners. I was scheduled for 10AM and finally ran at 11-something with 300 other people. At the end of the day, they had to shut down some obstacles due to erosion from 5K+ people climbing up the bank of a pond.
Oh yeah, the participant materials mentioned "you may have to cross 3-4' of water". Horsepucky. It was 5 feet of water and it was cold
. But that part was actually fun.
We all got the same medal, regardless of whether you "survived" or not and the participants t-shirt didn't even have a RFYL logo on it. It was just some boring Underarmor t-shirt. There was an area for non-participants to watch, but it was at the end of the course and only featured one obstacle (and no zombies). You could make your way to another area to observe a couple other obstacles, but this was a non-official area. There was no map of the facilities, observation area, restrooms, first aid, etc. Cleanup after the run consisted of an asphalt basketball court and a water truck running hoses to wash the dirt off. If you wanted to change out of your damp, muddy clothes you either waited for a port-a-potty or brought out your inner exhibitionist.
Okay, all that said... it was a hella lot of fun. The obstacles were creative but not too demanding. The zombie volunteers were creative and added a real spice to it. You can skip any obstacle, but there are zombies on the side who will confiscate a "life" from you if you do. Oh, and there were occasionally zombies in the obstacle that would make a go for your flags.
I can only assume that they have learned many lessons from the first race. They've been having them all year in other towns. The current races are probably much better organized. Definitely hit youtube and search for some of the POV cameras from the events.
If there is one thing a remote-controlled, silent and unseeable surveillance/killing machine needs, it’s more whimsy. -- Marcus