Zombie 5K and festival to benefit Lowcountry Helping Hands

Teens ages 13 to 17 can run in The Appetizer Teen Race on Nov. 12.   File photo

On Purpose Adventures organizer Ben-Jamin Toy announced the revival of Charleston's zombie race rUNdead, a 5K run and fall festival featuring new attractions and a charitable focus.

“With the demise of Skinful Charleston and the Charleston Zombie Walk, and the temporary closure of Boone Hall’s Fright Nights/RunningScared Zombie 5K, the lack of creepy-crawlies was overwhelming,” Toy said. “So, we decided it was time to open a few vials of TS-19, and create a new quarantine zone.”

The event returns from the dead after a one-year hiatus. rUNdead will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12 at Mullet Hall Equestrian Center on Johns Island. Attendees can participate as spectators, zombies or runners. For more information, go to http://rundead5k.com/. 

The main course 5K begins at 1 p.m. for 500 participants ages 18 and up. The fee is $45 per runner in advance and $60 after Nov. 1. Participants also can register as zombies and become navigation hazards along the trails and clearings; registration ranges from $20 to $35 with an addition $15 in advance or $25 after Nov. 1 if a zombie makeover is desired.

The Kidz Quarantine for children 4 to 17 will be filled with activities, including dance moves to avoid zombies, jump castles, bubble soccer, laser tag and a Nerf war zone. Registration is $15 in advance and $25 after Nov. 1.

Teens ages 13 to 17 can run in The Appetizer Teen Race at 11 a.m. The teen race is limited to 200 runners. Registration is $35 in advance and $50 after Nov. 1. Teens can run as a team, with $100 from every team registration going to Lowcountry Helping Hands.

The rUNdead event benefits Lowcountry Helping Hands. The organization was founded by Toy and other South Carolinians to help disaster victims, children in poverty and those suffering from medical conditions. 

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