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Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

MWR's Zombie Apocalypse Run is a hit with local families

“Zombie” volunteers greet participants in MWR’s Zombie Apocalypse Run. Photo credit: Christina Butcher

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The evening of Oct. 14 started out like any other Saturday night at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) North Fort. The sun set as servicemembers ambled across post, enjoying their much-deserved weekend and getting ready for an evening of fun. But as the evening wore on, one thing became clear: the Zombie Apocalypse had arrived and there was no ignoring it at JBLM North Fort. The Family & Morale, Health & Welfare (MWR) Zombie Apocalypse Run kicked off Saturday night, delighting those on-post with pre-race entertainment, a thrill-filled fun-run and a reason to start the Halloween season early.  

Before main stage activities began at 7:30 p.m. at Wilson Sports and Fitness Center, where the start and finish line of the Zombie Apocalypse Run was staged, Michael Jackson's "Thriller" rang out across the gymnasium floor. Chained "zombie" volunteers greeted participants at the entrance to the gym. Meanwhile, race participants finished their costumes, browsed sponsor information booths, and awaited mainstage activities including Skies Unlimited Dance Company's youth performance. Voting for "most gruesome victim" and "best zombie hunter" categories in a pre-race costume competition also took place in the gymnasium.

As the Children's Monster Dash (1K) and Adults run (5K) heats kicked-off later in the evening, families could be seen dodging and weaving zombies in the dark while military police vehicles emitted smoke along the sidelines. Along the 5K route, Rob Zombie music thumped through the air.

Despite the high adrenaline among participants and zombie volunteers and the potential for injury as they collectively raced through North Fort's historical WWII barracks, spirits remained high throughout the run. Laughter, cheers and screams all intermingled in the night.

For those who "lost their lives" to zombies during the race, a DECON tent was located on the course with opportunities to gain enough life to successfully make it to the finish line. There were also giveaways throughout the event, which pulled in close to 450 participants in total.

MWR's Zombie Apocalypse Run, which has been gaining momentum since it arrived at JBLM in 2014, proved to be the perfect pre-Halloween event for military servicemembers and their friends and families.

"I was on the MWR website and I saw the (Zombie) run," said Christa Travis Haugen, a race participant who attended Saturday's event along with her family. "I thought this would be a great opportunity, so we registered today ... MWR has great, amazing family events."

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