The Hippo


Jul 21, 2019








The walking dead will be taking over a city near you this fall. Courtesy photo.

Zombie walks and other Halloween-y races

Zombie Charge
Where: Spooky World, 454 Charles Bancroft Hwy., Litchfield
When: Saturday, Oct. 4
Cost: $49 for runners; $25 for zombies
Milford Pumpkin Festival 
Zombie Walk
Where: Community House Lawn, 5 Union St., Milford
When: Saturday, Oct. 11, 6 to 9 p.m.
Cost: Free
Intown Manchester’s 3rd Annual Zombie Walk
Where: Brady Sullivan Plaza, Elm St., Manchester
When: Saturday, Oct. 25, at 2 p.m.; Those who would like to undergo a zombified transformation should arrive at 1 p.m.
Cost: Free
Call: 645-6285
Ghost Runner 5K Road Race
Where: Stellos Stadium, 7 Stadium Dr., Nashua
When: Sunday, Oct. 26, at 10 a.m.
Cost: The pre-event fee is $25 for adults, $15 for runners ages 12 and under; the cost day-of is $30 for all ages.
CMN Halloween Run for the Kids
Where: Pawtuckaway State Park, 128 Mountain Road, Nottingham
When: Sunday, Oct. 26, at 10 a.m.
Call: 785-2585

Run for your life!
Zombies take over New Hampshire


It could happen on any ordinary day. Maybe you’re out walking your dog, or you’re parked in a space downtown scrounging for change to feed the meter. Suddenly, you look up and the undead are approaching. Suddenly, it’s not so great to be a human.

Zombie-themed events are infectious, said Sara Beaudry, executive director of Intown Manchester, which hosts an annual Zombie Walk.
“In the first year, we didn’t know what to expect,” she said. “Our old executive director said, ‘I have no idea what you’re talking about. People are going to dress up like zombies and just walk around?’ We couldn’t believe we had over 200 people show up.”
The walk is in its third year, Beaudry said, and it’s happening downtown on Saturday, Oct. 25. The course is about a mile long, and along the way, participants will pass several downtown businesses with zombie posters on the windows, where zombie-friendly business owners will be passing out candy, trick-or-treat style. At the end of the race, the undead will gather for a post-apocalyptic romp at Milly’s Tavern.
All participants are, of course, encouraged to dress up in their most bizarre, spooky, frightening, or silly zombie costumes. Beaudry said that she’s seen zombies from all walks of life at past events.
“We have nuns who are zombies, military zombies, police officer zombies,” she said. “One that stands out to me is this little girl was dressed as Dorothy after the apocalypse and she was dressed completely on point.”
Lisa Boisvert, who helps do the make-up and photography at the Intown event and runs her own event called Zombie Attack in the spring, said that some people go the extra mile to convince the “norms” (people who haven’t been infected) that there really is a zombie invasion occurring.
“You have everything from the green zombie, where someone will just paint their face green, to people who will dress up like their faces were really peeling off,” she said. “Some will have blood coming out of their mouths. There are some really good costumes.”
Some events, like the event being hosted at Spooky World in Litchfield, will take the theatrics a step further. The Zombie Charge was conceived by three guys from New England who, according to co-creator Eric Anderson, wanted to give the concept of a 5K fun run a thrilling twist.
“We have a storyline with it; it’s not just a run through a course,” he said. “There are actors on the course right from the start, and the race gets more and more theatrical as [the runners] go along.”
Anderson plays “The Professor,” who, after being bitten by a zombie, becomes one himself until a doctor develops an antidote that reverses his zombie state. However, after studies have proven ineffective on victims who have been exposed for too long, the doctor realizes that the only way for the antidote to be completely effective is if it’s administered within 30 minutes of being bitten. 
From the start of the race, Anderson said, runners will be wearing three flags; when the race starts, the runners will have to complete the 5K with all of their flags intact to avoid being “infected.” Zombies will be ready to attack all along the course to grab those flags, and once a runner loses all three of his flags, he has 30 minutes to cross the finish line.
Along the way there are “help stations,” which allow infected runners to earn back their health flags after performing a penalty test. Anderson said that, in previous charges across the country, penalty tests have included everything from doing a series of push-ups to shooting paintballs at zombies who have been chained up.
Participants get the option to be either a runner or a zombie in the race.
“When we first started, we thought the larger market would be race enthusiasts, people who want to put themselves in a real situation to see if they can [outrun a zombie attack],” Anderson said. “But we quickly found out that there was a larger number of participants that wanted to be zombies.”
At both the Manchester and the Litchfield events, runners and walkers are welcome.
“[The runners] don’t always go for a super fast time,” said Anderson. “They’ll walk some of the event, run some of the event. It’s all about getting some activity. Quite frankly, anybody with zero running experience could have a great time.” 
As seen in the October 2, 2014 issue of the Hippo.

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