But back to this year. It was their first year doing this particular event, but Energy Events has a reputation for fantastic events that include beer! :) This event was no exception. Packet pickup was easy breezy at Fit Right in Vancouver, and the goody bag for survivors included an awesome t-shirt, race bib, and some candy and random stuff from the sponsors. I love the shirt and can't wait to wear it--it's a good quality tech shirt and the Run 2 Survive logo looks awesome (although I accidentally requested a MEN'S small when I registered, I swapped it out the day of the race at the registration tent). Zombies and Survivors were supposed to show up early to "check in", but there wasn't really a check in, just quick announcements to each group. This happened much later than we had been instructed to arrive, so we were standing around in the cold for a bit (and I forgot my gloves at home!). Mayor Tim Leavitt gave us a pep talk at the starting line and then we were off just before 5pm.
The course felt tough. It was mostly flat but the grassy terrain felt like it took more out of me than a regular 5k road race does, especially with the sprinting and attempting to dodge the zombies! I had both lifelines stolen early on, before I even made it a mile and a half! That was a bummer, but I continued to trudge on with my buddy Randy. At the finish line, we were handed a double sided Survivor medal (one side said "I AM DEAD" and the other side said "I SURVIVED"). Zombies received a different dogtag medal for finishing. There was Monster energy drinks, water, Gatorade, bananas, candy, and granola bars. My friends and I headed into the Breew Fest area for our free beer (Heathen Transgression IPA), and then bought a few more rounds. They were only $4 for a "pint" which isn't bad, and beer sales went to the Evergreen School District Foundation as well. The amount of beer wasn't QUITE a pint (I mean, who's counting...) but there was a nice variety of beers to choose from, as well as a Zombie Zin and Ace Hard Pumpkin Cider!
Lots of strangers asked to take pictures of me or with me, which was fun. When the costume contests started, I decided I really needed to see if I had a shot... and I won Best Female Zombie!!! People were totally creeped out haha. I got a fantastic prize basket with gift certificates to local places, and some neat products from Scentsy, Burgerville, and other stuff. I was even featured in the Columbian newspaper!
I can't wait for this event next year--good race, good swag, good people, and good beer! Although I'm terrified of zombies (seriously... terrified), and I looked scary as hell, I'm stoked this run, and for another opportunity to practice my zombie makeup again! (I didn't have to look at myself, so it wasn't so bad hahahaha). I'll be posting a step-by-step tutorial on how I did my makeup on Wednesday, complete with products and links to Amazon!