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Run for your lives!

Run for your lives!

 A new and frightening twist in the Australian Obstacle racing scene..

For this writer it has been a long held dream to combine my twin passions of obstacle racing and cosplay and Australia finally has a regular event where this is not only encouraged, its practically mandatory! That is if your keen on joining the legions of the undead who litter the course attempting to tag runners and increase the size of the horde. Having run in the similarly themed ‘Running Scared’ event in Penrith last year which was more focused on the occasional jump scare this event promises to be a lot more interactive with runners attempting to avoid the zombies lest they become one themselves..

I could go on but why bother when I have the COO & Chief Game Master for the run himself right here?

Say hi to Timothy Tan as we sit down and ask him a few questions about the big day!



1) Firstly, what is ‘Run For Your Lives’? 

Run For Your Lives (RFYL) is the world’s premier Zombie-infested obstacle race. It is essentially a fun run with a twist, which participants assume the role of either a Survivor or a Zombie. Survivors are given life flags with the sole aim of getting to safe zone with at least one life flag remaining. On the other hand, the Zombie will be hell-bent on infecting the Survivors by “dismembering” them, flag by flag.


Survivors have to go through a 5km route peppered with Zombie-infested Zones and fun, yet moderately challenging obstacles. To top it all off, participants come back to a post-apocalyptic music and dance festival to celebrate life with the afterlife.

Part obstacle course, part music festival, and a full on encounter with “the running dead”, Run For Your Lives promises a fun day with friends, colleagues and evil ex-bosses alike.




2) How did the idea of a zombie inspired marathon come to you? 

The idea was festered in the US, where the team thought it would be fun for runners to be running away from something. We’ve always been zombie fans so putting the two together was a no brainer… pardon the pun!

3) Was your target demographic aimed at zombie/ apocalypse fans? 

The beauty of this event is that it is catered to people of all ages (12 years and above) as Zombies aren’t limited to one demographic. With the option of being a Zombie or a Survivor, the event also caters to people of varying physical ability. If we were to say there is one demographic… it is ZOMBIE fans!



4) In past events, were you able to expand the demographic? 

.As with any infectious disease, the Run For Your Lives fever spread like wildfire. Other than the usual hardcore runners, we noticed more fitness groups formed by your regular joes and janes of various ages who took the run as a fun way to get started on their journey towards a more healthy lifestyle. As mentioned in the earlier question about the event catering to all ages, the most amazing thing is that we even have participants in their 60s running for their lives!

In addition, companies saw this as a great way for team building and registered their staff for the event, and definitely the cosplayers who love to showcase their creations while getting in a good workout. We’ve had runners coming in all sorts of weird costumes. It is truly a sight to behold.



5) The obstacles look like a hell of alot of fun, how did you come up with them, did you draw inspiration from zombie movies/ video games? 

Definitely, we wanted to align this as closely as possible to a real life Zombie Apocalypse. Such things as the ‘Smoke House’ represent the potential burnt out cars from people desperately trying to escape the Zombie Apocalypse. The idea for The Laser Grid was actually taken from one of our favourite films, Resident Evil. Others were created to simulate the difficulties of traversing an apocalyptic wasteland, and the Blood Pit is meant to get people realistically bloodied so they end up at the safe zone looking like they earned it through blood, sweat and tears.




6) If there is a message you want to give to your fans, or to people who aren’t aware of what ‘Run for your Lives’ is, what would you say? 

Until an actual Zombie Apocalypse happens, this is the closest you’ll get to experiencing it!

Zombies Walk Sydney City Streets


So there you have it, an exciting course littered with ‘danger’, challenges and all kinds of messy adventures only to be followed up by a music festival to get your feet stomping..that is if you still have any..

We’ll be there all day taking snaps and talking to runners and zombies alike (though how much we can get out of them we can only guess) so feel free to come up and say hi.

See you there!

If you wish to join the race but missed the registration deadline, On-the-Day registration is available at $95 inclusive of GST. Please head to the information booth to make payment and fill the necessary paperwork. Tickets are on a while stock lasts, first-come-first serve basis.
Registration will close at 12pm for zombies and 1:30pm for survivors.

Once registered, you will be allocated to the next available wave timings as below.
Survivors: First wave starts at 9:30am For survivors are 9:30am till 2:30pm in half hourly interval.
Zombies: 9:30am, 11:00am, 12:30pm and 2:00pm




head on over to http://www.runforyourlives.com.au/sydney/ 

All the information you need is up there including direction to the course.


Run For Your Lives. A zombie infested 5K obstacle course.


Written by Patrick Mendoza

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