Thousands sign up for S'pore's first zombie run on Sentosa

Thousands sign up for S'pore's first zombie run on Sentosa

SINGAPORE - Can you outrun the dead?

Some 14,000 people signed up to give themselves a small taste of a zombie apocalypse last weekend at Race the Dead, a zombie run organised by Celebrity Trainer and presented by Sing- Tel mio TV.

The 5km event, Singapore's first ever zombie run, was held on Saturday at Sentosa's Siloso Beach.

There was another race on Sunday.

Tickets for the event sold out within 14 hours.

The run was originally set to be a one-day event, but organisers opened up a second day to meet overwhelming demand.

The objective for the human racers was to outrun the "zombies" and make sure the undead did not grab the "life flags" attached to a special belt on their event race jerseys.

Losing one flag would mean that you've been caught by the zombies.

Lose both? You are a "non-survivor".

While it was labelled as a run, racers said it was more like an elaborate obstacle course.

One of the obstacles was the leopard crawl, where runners had to crawl on their stomachs on the sand under a net.

Air stewardess Amanda Lee, 22, said: "I was worried the run was going to be very tiring, but we were distracted by how fun it was."

Miss Lee only joined the race to accompany her friend, who is a big fan of hit zombie TV series The Walking Dead.

Racers who reach the finishing line with at least one life flag were deemed to be survivors, and got a T-shirt for their trouble.

Miss Lee said that the zombie runners were extremely aggressive and showed no mercy.

"They were really out to get everyone's life flags. They obviously weren't just for show."

Miss Lee had finished the race with one of her flags.

Mr Maneck Shah, a 19-year-old student, said it was teamwork that helped him to protect his flags.

"Our group of 20 made sure to move together so we could protect each other from the zombies."

He added with a laugh: "I'm glad we managed to put up a good defence because the zombies really made us run for our lives."

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