'Run For Your Lives': 5K puts racers in the middle of a zombie apocalypse
Runners swerve around some zombies at the 2011 "Run For Your Lives" event in Darlington, Maryland.
March 1st, 2012
03:00 PM ET

'Run For Your Lives': 5K puts racers in the middle of a zombie apocalypse

Editor's note: Aaron Sagers is a New York-based entertainment writer and nationally syndicated pop-culture columnist. He has specialty knowledge in "paranormal pop culture," has lectured at conventions across the country on the topic and is a media pundit on supernatural entertainment. He covers pop culture daily at ParanormalPopCulture.com and can be found on Twitter @aaronsagers.

When it comes to the zombie apocalypse, popular culture has taught us that everyone falls into one category or another: infected or survivor.

You’re either running away from an undead threat, or you're running, and shambling, after your next human snack. Yet the role that’s so rarely discussed with zombie pop is that of a maker.

That has now changed. Instead of an act of God, nature or mad science, the zombie apocalypse has been orchestrated by one man, Derrick Smith

Smith is the co-creator of Run For Your Lives, a 5K race and “zombie-infested” obstacle course that officially launched last October in Darlington, Maryland, and is launching a nationwide roll-out in cities across the country, beginning with Atlanta on Saturday. FULL POST

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