Shambling ''zombie'' University of Otago postgraduate
student Paris Pidduck, presents a challenge to fun run
participants yesterday. Photo by Craig Baxter.
It's almost official. Kindergarten teachers, lawyers and
university students all make fairly good zombies.
And zombies were in some profusion at Dunedin's Ross Creek
This was during a ''ChatBus Zombie Apocalypse'', involving a
5km fun run with an ''un-dead'' twist, to raise money for the
ChatBus counselling service for children.
About 300 runners tackled a route through Ross Creek, which
was dotted with obstacles and patrolled by 50 shambling
zombies - teachers, lawyers and university students among the
Each runner wore a belt with three rippa-rugby type tags,
which the zombies targeted.
Runners who retained one or more tags were later hailed as
''survivors'' and those who lost all three were deemed
ChatBus counsellor Averil Pierce was delighted with the
response to the fun run, which was the biggest public event
ChatBus had organised since it began offering counselling for
Dunedin school pupils, aged under 14, in 2008.
Final figures were not immediately available, but she was
optimistic the event had raised its $8000 target, to support
expanding the mobile counselling service, by adding a third
counsellor position and another bus.
A group of defiant female runners thwarted one zombie attack
by resorting to an impromptu group hug, shielding their tags
before they ran on their way.
And University of Otago student Paris Pidduck said zombiedom
was ''fun'', complete with convincing-looking ''blood'',
consisting of food dye and golden syrup.
''I'd rather be a zombie than a survivor.''