That's right, folks! I Like Horror Movies founder Carl Manes has joined the ranks of the undead after a grueling struggle at Run for Your Lives, where the last of the living battle for survival over a 5K obstacle course filled with dead-ends, pitfalls, open electricity, and up to four feet of mud... Oh, and did we mention the zombies?! If the initial run up the side of a mountain doesn't kill you, the packs of flesh-eating ghouls that await surely will. Each combatant is left completely unarmed, save for three flags or “Health Packs.” Lose your health packs, and you join the legions of the undead. Make it through the course unscathed, and you live to see another day!
Run for Your Lives completed its stop at Vale Lake in Southern California, where hundreds of runners walked away muddied and bloodied from the two-day event that spanned through October 20-21. A treacherous walk through the woods opened up to the Vale Lake recreational park, which was filled with participants who were eagerly awaiting their fate while enjoying the live music, food, and fun! That all changed as the day began heating up, with new heats taking off from the starting lines every 30-minutes! Fox Home Entertainment was also on site promoting the new release of WRONG TURN 5, a fitting title for the event.
The track begins with a grudging uphill jog that few could have anticipated. As if the terrain were not difficult enough, the twisted trails led many unsuspecting victims astray, costing them valuable time and energy before entering the "Danger Zones." These zombie-infested death traps may look easy to overcome, but stray from the group and even a few walkers can overwhelm a single runner! Even if you make it through the mountain pass alive, the struggle for survival has only just begun. Next, you must face off against the living dead through a series of treacherous obstacles, including muddy swamps, mazes, abandoned buildings, and worse! Feel your way through the fog, but beware the open wires and electric fences... The final stretch of the course seems easy enough as you glide downhill, but between the mud-soaked clothing, ravenous hordes, and desperate combatants that will do anything to protect their remaining flags, the last quarter mile will mean the end for most runners.
In spite of months of training, the ILHM team fell victim to the overwhelming odds, and turned just after the half-way point. Since the virus is slow-acting, we still managed to complete the race without transforming fully, with ILHM Editor Carl Manes arriving first at the finish line for the 3:30 heat! Just 357 days of training left until next year's event in Southern California, but you can be sure to test your survival instincts as Run for Your Lives comes to a city near you on its cross-country tour! Check out the race at the link below, and read on for our images from the race!