People will be dodging the undead in Fort McMurray at an event that will look like the zombie apocalypse.
The 2nd Annual Zombie Run is approaching and registration is open for the Girls Inc. Northern Alberta event that hopes to raise more than $5,000 dollars for the United Way.
The object of the game is to make it to the end of the five kilometre stretch of the Birchwood Trail while dodging the volunteer zombies who are reaching for runners' three flags.
"It's non contact," says Executive Director Ann Dort-MacLean. "They can't tackle them, they can't eat their brains, they have to just concentrate on the flags, but the zombies were really scary last year. It was fun to see the reaction of the runners when they came across a group of zombies lurching towards them."
Downtown construction has prompted organizers to move the event to the Birchwood Trail, giving the volunteer zombies an extra edge at stopping the runners.
"There's all sorts of places where zombies can lurk and we'll be making it a little bit difficult by putting some hay bales along the route so the runners will have to scramble to save their lives," says Dort-MacLean.
People can pick their side, zombie or human by going online to register at girlsincofnorthernalberta.org. Pledge forms are also available online.
The event is scheduled for October 5, starting at the Doug Barnes cabin on 190 Tamarack Drive.