TWS 5k Zombie Chase 5k in Champaign, IL Recap

The University of Illinois Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society (ISCTWS) held its 2nd annual 5k Zombie Chase on November 3, 2012. I did this race last year as well (see recap & results) and I loved it so much that I went back and did it again, despite having to go alone this year.

This “Walking Dead-esqe”5k course throughout the University of Illinois quad will prepare you for any zombie invasion. Runners follow a flat, 3 mile course around two loops while attempting to avoid being tagged by zombies.

There is no penalty for being tagged by a blood-wielding zombie, but runners of the race are put into two award categories at the end – infected and uninfected.

Last year I managed to escape the bloody zombie tags, but this year I decided to change it up and get tagged. It seemed like the zombies were faster this year anyway :) I finished with a pretty good time for myself at 34:55.

Despite the freezing cold, wet weather, many participants came to run, some even dressing in costumes. This race is well-organized and unique with fun event shirts, “Zombie Survival Guide” book awards, and zombie-themed door prizes! I hope it returns in 2013!

Watch the Zombie Chase 5k website for next year’s information.