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The 5k Zombie Run, Zombie Run, Zombie 5K Run, 5K Run Tampa
The 5k Zombie Run, Zombie Run, Zombie 5K Run, 5K Run Tampa

The 5k Zombie Run FAQ's


Runners & Zombies please read below for Important Race Day Details!


Packet pick up is at check in on the day of the race.


Plan to arrive at least 30 Minutes prior to your wave, 1 hour if you are a zombie and need makeup. Allow enough time for parking, check in, t-shirt & flag pick up.


After you park, head over to the pavilion and Tents and look for signs to direct you to check in.


Zombies & Volunteers will check in at the tents next to the pavilion.


You will need:


If you are a Zombie, plan to stay on the course for 1.5 hours, or longer if you'd like.  Your clothes will be stained and you probably will be, too.  The apocalypse is going to be messy!


You’ll be given a race bib in your race packet. You must wear it while on the course, or you’ll be tackled to the ground and left for the Zombies to devour.


FREE, unlimited photo downloads after the event! We will have our team of photographers roaming the race course to catch all the action. $2 surcharge, required at registration, applies. Downloads are free, prints are available for a nominal fee. Remember your bib #, you will need it to search for your photos online after the run.


RULES (yes, even the apocalypse has rules):


IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER: Photographers will be all over the course, wearing bright orange vests.  Runners, make sure your bib is visible as the number will be used to ID you in race photos.


Most importantly, remember that this is a FUN RUN! We hope you have an amazing time!


​Spectators are free​​​​.


We will be providing free, supervised gear check.


​​​Coolers for refreshments will be allowed.


NO glass containers please.​


Can I bring my family/my dog/my neighbor’s niece’s cousin’s friend’s uncle?​​

You can bring every person you’ve ever known in your life. We will try to ensure that the zombies won’t eat their brains.

But no dogs. No cats, no ferrets, chickens, or goldfish. Let’s not get crazy.


What’s the deal with the flags?​​

Every runner will be given a flag belt with three flags that must be worn  when on the course.  Each flag represents your “life.” The zombies are super hungry for yours, so they’ll be after them in a serious way. Cross the finish line with at least one flag in tact and you can brag to all your friends that you survived the zombie onslaught. Cross the finish with at least one flag intact and  YOU’VE SURVIVED!  Lose those flags, and you can still finish the race as a runner.


How do I make it out alive?​​

First rule of the Zombie Apocalypse?  Cardio.  You should train at least a little. Run, and maybe get a really mean dog to chase you…


Can I use my specialized homemade apocalypse weapons to fight the hungry horde?​​

Absolutely no weapons of any kind, no matter how cool your gamer buddies think they are.


How old do I have to be to participate?​​

11 is the minimum age, and only with a signed waiver from a parent or guardian. 8-11 can be junior zombies (with parental supervision) located by the finish line.


Will I get hurt?​​

We certainly hope not.  If it should happen, we will have a First Aid Tent.


Can I get a refund?​​

We have a strict NO refund policy.


Can I transfer my ticket to someone else?

​​In most cases, yes. Please email us at


Can I switch my registration from  a runner, to a zombie, or vice versa?​​

Maybe, if there is space.  Email us at


When is the last day I can register?​​

Online registration closes 4 days prior to the event unless we’re sold out before.  Register early to avoid the risk of not getting a spot. You don’t wanna miss it.


Why are there so many different registration times?​​

Each “wave” releases a set number of victims at a time, to give the zombie horde a better chance at grabbing a snack, and to make it more of a challenge for the runners!


Is this for real?​​

You bet your life.


Will there be real live living dead?



Can I actually eat a participant if I catch one?​​

Please refrain from eating any of our runners.  They might look tasty, but they’re probably not, and the super-fit ones will be tough to chew.


How will the zombies act?

​ ​Have you seen a zombie movie? We suggest you brush up on your zombie skills before arriving.  There are crawler zombies, running zombies, grabbers, creepers…  Remember, no touching the participants – just go for those flags. No matter how hungry you are, if you grab/hit/trip/tackle/kiss a runner, you’ll be removed from the course immediately.


Can I dress up?​​

Absolutely.  Zombies are asked to arrive dressed to kill, we can provide makeup to those who need it.


Will there be food & drinks?

Yes.  Bring cash for food & beverage purchases  at the post-apocalyptic party.


Can I just watch?

​Yes, we like it when you watch.