Run For Your Lives obstacle races, mud run, and OCR information, distance, cost, dates, calendar, discounts, obstacles, reviews, and more

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Run For Your Lives has gone out of business. The Zombie Run has stepped in to still put on a few of the previously scheduled events to try and help out participants. If you are looking for an upcoming Zombie Run due to Run For Your Lives being cancelled, check out The Zombie Run

Protect your brain and run for your life. This is one race where your legs giving out are the least of your problems. Run For Your Lives is a first-of-its-kind event, one part 5K, one part obstacle course, one part escaping the clutches of zombies — and all parts awesome.

Runners will navigate a series of challenging obstacles throughout a 5K course in an attempt to reach the finish line — all while avoiding zombies. At the end of this adventure race, you get to celebrate survival (or zombie transformation) with live entertainment and music, local celebrities, vendors, food, and of course, beer!

Basic Survival

  • Before the race, you will be given a flag belt, just like the overly intimidating game of flag football. These flags represent your health.
  • The zombies want to take your flags and maybe eat your brains.
  • If you lose all your health flags, you die. And the zombies win.
  • Health bonuses will be hidden throughout the course. If you find one and carry it to the finish, it will save your life.

What You’re Up Against

  • Throughout the 5K obstacle race, there will be a series of man-made and natural obstacles for you to complete. Runners may choose NOT to complete an obstacle, BUT any runner who skips an obstacle will not be eligible for prizes.
  • There will be zombies. Their job is to chase you and eat you — but mainly go after your health, in the form of your flag belt. Avoid the zombies to keep your health flags.
  • Use speed, strategy and your intact brains to make it to the FINISH LINE “alive” with at least ONE FLAG INTACT (or a health bonus pack). If you finish with zero health flags, this means the zombies have successfully transformed you into the “undead”; your time will be recorded, but you will not be eligible for awards.

How You’ll Do It
There will be a start line, and a finish line, but what happens in between is up to you. There are multiple routes to reach the finish. Choose wisely, or your 5k might turn into a 10k.

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Run For Your Lives Reviews from the Community

Average rating: 2.11 / 5 from 38 reviews.

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Oct 30, 2013 by Lin

So upsetting. Three days before the event an email says it's cancelled with no information and no proper refund.
"At this point, all events are postponed indefinitely and you should contact your bank for a full refund."

Major disappointment

Oct 30, 2013 by Dan

My wife and I were just informed that the event was cancelled and no reason was given. They also stated in the email that we need to contact our bank for a refund. What the hell does that mean? BEWARE. It's not the zombies you need to be worried about. It's the people running it.

Cow Poop

Oct 09, 2013 by Nose

Did they really need to bring in cow poop for 3-4 of the mud obstacles? It smelled awful. Call me a whimp, but I fear how unsanitary that was as it got splashed on people's faces. I overheard one girl say she got it in her eye. Yuck.
The race was ok but not the best. They still need a lot of work on logistics. The lines were LONG by mid morning. I can only speculate how much worse they got in the afternoon.

Oct 07, 2013 by ZombieBunnySlippers

Race was intense and awesome overall.
Overall seemed like a very well-run event, considering the number of moving parts. The Zombie Transformation Center was a blast!
I loved that I could give flags back to runners, especially if they were low, out, or just really nice in general. Gave back a ton!
Overall had a great (albeit exhausting) time.

As a chaser zombie, I wish more runners held to the rules. Some were too rough - I got hit in the face and ribs, shoved down, etc. (To the person I apparently "tackled," I'm sorry - I really didn't mean to knock anyone down. I fell more times than I can count that day, and think only into someone else once. Hope you're okay!).
Also, the organizers didn't give any instruction about how to end your shift. We weren't sure how long to wait out there, if replacements were coming, etc.

Do not recommend

Oct 06, 2013 by Injured

Really disappointed with this race. I made the mistake of thinking this was a fun run obstacle course. It was not. I thought the zombies just went after your flags. Instead I got tackled by the female zombie with the teddy bear. My foot is now sore, hopefully it's a simple sprain that will heal up in the next few days. The race website says that they aren't allowed to touch you. Most followed the rules but the few race workers on the course do nothing to enforce the rules. I got past the girl with all my flags so I guess she thought and the race officials agreed that the rules then change and the zombies are allowed to tackle.
Know what you are getting yourself in for - paying ~$90 to get tackled. I've contacted the race officials. I doubt I'll hear back from them.
I've done a few other races this year, especially the Hero Rush, that we're great races. But avoid this one unless you like being attacked.

bad location

The location picked for so cal this year was awful. Did last years in temecula and had an overall better time there. Camping should have been refunded for everyone due to the site being so tiny and rocky. Staff was just as nice but just as unorganized as last year. Only giving a review so hopefully if they get enough they will re-think penny pinching and spend a little more on a better place.

Good Folks, Fun Day

If you are looking for a break from the usual 5K mud runs this might be the one. Been doing Spartans or Mudders but need some physical recovery this is great. It had folks of all kinds joining in to escape the zombies. Saw some other folks' comments about the management of operations yet, in my experience, this was possibly the most professionally run event I've been to (with exception of Spartans). Plenty of helpers all along the way; water stations every mile; and no timing chips, which means nobody going to barrel over you to get a higher rank.
The zombies are well coached and merciful to those who are casually trying an event for the first time, but are more than happy to make things challenging if you look like you want it that way. The zombies are the key obstacles so if your principal goal is to get dirty you might not experience the enjoyment you are looking at. There were a couple of shorter traditional barbed-wire crawls and other light weight obstacles but nothing that tested upper body strength or left you covered with 20 pounds of mud by the end. It was a wonderful event to bring friends out who are frightened off by what you do because they "aren't runners". But not so whimsical that it won't help you stay in the mood and crack a smile while you wait for your next major event. If I had one complaint it would be that almost everything could be run by an 11 year-old safely (if not quickly) except the barbed wire and electrical wires but they didn't offer an opportunity to be part of the race.

Be careful

Aug 31, 2013 by Cathy Mitchell

Be careful when you sign up for the Run For your Lives. The event in MI was cancelled with no notification or reason and they are not refunding my monies paid. They claim I can transfer it to another race, but that does me no good, the closest race is over a 5 hour drive away! What a scam! I am thinking they don't have the money to refund, they used it on another race. Be carefeul before you sign up for this race!

I had a great time

Aug 25, 2013 by KL

Loads of fun. Zombies were great. I liked that the obstacles were fairly easy. The zombies were obstacles enough!!! NO BEER!!! I didn't know there were timing chips. Wasn't given one. I will definitely do it again. Hope there is beer next time :D

Aug 13, 2013 by kim

very little mud, very few obstacles. long boring stretches with no zombies, obstacles, or mud. no handicap parking but was told a golf cart would pick us up, which never showed up. pretty unorganized. long check in process. bag lost at bag check in (was found after having several people looking for it). not worth your money!

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