From Our Editors
By the time that military scientists realized the disastrous effects of Compound 894, the chemical had already been shipped to various cities across America. They could only watch in horror as their creation—which had been intended to heal—brought civilians back from the dead and corrupted them with a hunger for human flesh. These monsters now stalk the pathways of Louisville's Iroquois Park. Famished and covered in ghastly wounds, they await the chance to hunt for their preferred prey: 5k runners.
This eerie tale is the backstory for The Louisville Zombie Run, an all-ages 5k that pits participants not against the clock, but against a mob of cannibalistic corpses. Of course the zombies are really fellow runners decked out in professional makeup. During the 3.1-mile race, they attempt to chase down the humans and pop their latex-free "life balloons," a clever alternative to biting them or setting up toll booths that only accept brains. The course mimics the set of a Hollywood horror film, and its convincing effects include washable, blood-colored powder and a helicopter flyover. Attendees who make it to the finish line with their balloon intact can claim survival bragging rights before heading to the Quarantine after-party—a celebration complete with food trucks, beer, a DJ, and a zombie-makeover station.