Mike and Alana Ivamy are running a Zombie Survival Run being held in Dunedin next month. Photo Peter McIntosh
The fear of a horde of the undead will spur people on in a
''zombie survival run'' being held in Dunedin next month.
The August 17 event is part of DunDEAD, a three-day pop
culture and science festival in Dunedin, and comes as the
popularity of all things zombie continues to rise off the
back of the hit show The Walking Dead.
Another zombie fun run was held at the Ross Creek reserve in
Co-organiser Alana Ivamy said the 5km run was a fun fitness
activity for the Dunedin public and, fittingly, supported the
New Zealand Blood Service.
''This is not only a great way to enjoy exercise, but it's
for a very worthy and important cause.''
''We are encouraging everyone who registers to pledge their
support and donate blood,'' she said.
Participants can enter the event as a runner or a zombie,
which includes professional makeup on the day. Runners will
make their way around a circuit, fighting through muddy
terrain, native bush and ravenous zombies.
Each participant will be equipped with two life tags and each
time a zombie removes a tag, their risk of infection will
New Zealand Blood Service donor recruiter Leita Mackay said
the event was a ''golden opportunity'' to raise awareness
about the benefits of giving blood.