Do you love zombies as much as I do? (I’m tellin’ ya, a zombie apocalypse WILL happen someday!) Do you like to run? Do you want to get down and dirty? JUST THE THING is coming to Lakewood in July! Run For Your Lives is a “first-of-its-kind event, one part 5K, one part obstacle course, one part escaping the clutches of zombies — and all parts awesome.” Unfortunately, all the zombie passes for the Lakewood event are sold out (DANG!!!) but there are still runner spots available.  If you sign up to run this year, you’ll be given priority next year to be a zombie! You can also sign up to volunteer. They need people to keep all those runners hydrated so they can outrun the zombies.

There will be 12 obstacles to crawl, climb, and otherwise get around. All runners will wear “health flags”. If they finish the race with at least one flag left, they qualify for time-based prizes. If you don’t have any flags left, or you cannot or chose not to finish an obstacle, you will cross the finish line as dead and transform into a zombie. There’s also an Apocalypse Party afterwards! All runners, zombies, volunteers, and spectators will receive a ticket for the party.

Prices are $22 for spectators and $77 for runners until May 31st. After that date, prices will be $32 and $87. Volunteers get in free. There is camping available for Saturday night for an additional $20, and there is a $10 per car parking fee. The Lakewood race is Saturday, July 14th. There are races scheduled in other cities across the country and one in Toronto. Come on, Colorado! Get your zombie on! Do you think you have what it takes to outrun the zombies, evade their grasps, and avoid their bites? (Although they assure us they’re well trained and have their urge to bite under control) Check out their website to register. www.runforyourlives.com That is, if you dare.