First, the race.
The day was cool, perfect for running. Clouds crowded the sky, gradually yielding to the sun as the day went on. After signing my life away, I got my runner pack, which included runner's bib and flag belt:
|All suited up.|
|Such a lovely trio.|
|My 9-10-minute mile in practice made me an entree.|
|Protecting us from the zombies or the zombies from us?|
|We have to run up that?|
|Uh oh. Hmm...you need a hand, Miss Zombie?|
The zombies came in two varieties: stumblers and chasers. The stumblers, as their name implies, just sort of shuffled about, only snatching at the flags of runners who happened to stray too close, which we often had little choice but to do, with trees frequently closing in to constrict the path. More often than not, a well-timed hip swivel was enough to evade their grasping hands, but now and then, the path was so narrow that even that was insufficient.
Chasers were another matter entirely. Though small in number, they could spell the doom of any runner whose scent they caught. Fast and relentless, they were right out of 28 Days Later or Resident Evil. I managed to avoid one chaser, myself. Somewhere past the second mile, I watched in horror as a fellow runner easily passed a cluster of stumblers, only to have a kilt-clad chaser spring up from a rock and hound him to a distant bend in the path, taking the last of his life.
From there, there were still two obstacles to pass: a small slide at the top of a scaffold, leading down to a pool of cold water:
|Cold water, cool air, slight breeze. Great combo!|
followed by a giant slip and slide down the hill:
|Whee! Whee whee whee!|
|A little hypothermia never hurt anyone, right?|
And under the electrified fence:
|Water and electricity...what a combo!|
|The Grateful Dead|
Speaking of which, my total fundraising through the weekend did not, unfortunately, hit $2,000. I came close, though, at just under $1,700. For a 5K, that's actually really good (they usually draw in about $750). So, I'm happy with the results. If you would still like to support the research, you can still make a gift. It won't count toward that challenge I made, but I'd still really appreciate it, and I know the researchers at VIC would, too. Don't let me have died in vain.