The Free Press, Mankato, MN

April 27, 2013

Zombie run full of scares, smiles

By Pat Christman
The Free Press

MANKATO — Area runners are celebrating the arrival of spring this weekend and the chance to get outside for a run. Saturday morning kicked off the summer racing season with the Girls on the Run 5K at Sibley Park.

But another, more sinister, race took place Saturday afternoon, and it was a little more unorthodox. It was a 5K race just like many others throughout the summer, with a catch. Runners had to avoid groups of zombies trying to take a trio of flags away from the runner’s “life belt.”

The Mankato Zombie Run at Mount Kato, while not a normal 5K race, certainly entertained the race’s runners and the zombies who dressed up to scare the runners, complete with makeup by local artists.The Mankato post apocalyptic army had rules: No tackling, no grabbing, no grabbing more than one flag. Runners finishing the race with at least one flag received a medal, and could tell the tale of surviving the zombie horde.