- $45 for the Zombie Stampede (up to $90 value)
The Zombie Stampede is an apocalyptic horror-show set on a rundown farm that pits racers against zombies and obstacles. On Saturday, September 27, waves of racers start the course in 15-minute shifts beginning at 2 p.m. Each runner gets three balloons to protect from the encircling hordes of undead. As they dash across the Stampede’s Mud Run course, they’ll occasionally run into Quarantine Zones containing hordes of balloon-hungry undead bent on pursuit. Making it to the finish line with balloons intact means that runners survived the pretend apocalypse; no matter the outcome, each runner receives a race number, T-shirt, and completion medal.
Though many timed races focus on endurance and speed, The Stampede race series emphasizes a different element: fun. During its various 5K runs, participants of all ability levels test their balance and strength by surmounting obstacles and give their minds a workout with puzzles around the city. Designed for all ages with an emphasis on family participations, many of the races have two courses—one for racers aged 6–13 and one for those 14 and older. At the end of the run, runners celebrate victory or bask in personal accomplishments at post-race parties complete with food, drinks, and live music.