To Some Runners, Zombies Are A Killer Motivator
"That kind of practical/fantastical motivation drives participants to pay $77 and up to take part in the Run for Your Lives race.
There's just one problem, Smith tells O'Hanlon: Everybody wants to be a zombie.
"Zombies are really popular," he says. "Maybe its supply and demand, but we don't sell as many runner tickets as we do zombies. In the first two months, we sold out all of our zombie tickets for the whole year."
The zombie cognoscenti might spot a potential loophole here — say you allow yourself to be overcome by the lifeless horde; wouldn't you then be transformed into one of the undead?
"If all of your flags have been taken while you are running the course, you are NOT automatically transformed into a zombie and you may NOT take another runner's flags, chase other runners, or pick up flags off of the ground," according to the race rules."