A new zombie horde rises, hungry for the packs of humans that flee in a desperate fight to see another day. This isn't a vision of a postapocalyptic future—it happens every fall at the Zombie Run Challenge, an event in which participants dressed as zombies chase down human competitors in a race for both survival and top prizes. After registering, competitors separate into the two factions, each with separate goals. In the course of up to two hours, zombies attempt to turn humans by capturing the flags attached to their belts. The living, in turn, try to complete challenges at four–five checkpoints, taking momentary refuge or healing at outposts scattered throughout the woods. All the while, a group of volunteer mercenaries armed with foam darts hunts down the undead attackers. Before the race begins, the special-effects gurus at Gregory F/X will provide zombie makeup to participants in exchange for a donation—100% of which goes to charity and won't be used to buy the zombies fresh brains at the local deli.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: Adults
Pro Tip: Make sure to wear comfortable gym clothes and have plenty of water.
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Jiu jitsu, kickboxing, and strength-and-conditioning classes
I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?
We pride ourselves on having a stress- and pressure-free training environment to ensure that students of all levels feel comfortable and get an optimal experience through learning and practicing with good partners and instructors.
What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?
The head instructor and owner, Brandon, is one of few black belts in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Charlotte. We do not hold back when it comes to teaching techniques; we want our students to have pride in their school, and in the knowledge and skills they acquire.
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