Friday, October 26, 2012

How to Play the Game in a Zombie Race

All money and contributions to Night of the Running Dead go to The Huntsman Cancer Foundation. Are you a penny pincher or do you know someone who is? Do you like to run but hate having to pay the hefty registration fees to participate in a race? If you don’t have a guilty conscience you can “play the game” by not paying a thing to participate in the race.  I found out that the registration is quite easy. After you have paid your registration fee all you have to do is pick up your race packet before the race starts.

What is included in your race packet?
  • A t-shirt
  • Lots of advertisements
  • A window sticker
  • A small unofficial race number

The small unofficial race number that you pin on yourself at race time identifies you as a runner in the race even though the number does not make any sense. I was number 2012 and so were about 22 other people. This number is optional, some runners who dressed up as zombies or whatever did not get harassed or even questioned for not wearing the number.
After seeing how casual the registration was, how easy it was to sign in and how there was zero security checking to make sure the participating runners were actually registered, any cheapskate could easily just have figured out the meeting day time and place and just showed up, time themselves and run for free.
Do you love running races but don’t want to pay for them? Unless they change things this may be an option for you next year.

The concluding blog post explores the following quandary: if this had been real would I have survived?

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