In order to escape a pack of zombies, it’s helpful to know the strengths and weaknesses of each cannibal in the horde. DFW Zombie Run equips its participants with this type of knowledge, as well as the training that may be necessary for survival in the unlikely event of a zombie apocalypse.
During DFW Zombie Run’s obstacle runs, four types of zombies chase down racers, trying to snag the four health flags worn on the racers’ belts. Among zombies, there are walkers, who “simply walk around looking for an easy meal,” and then there are runners, who are “starving, ferocious, and incredibly fast,” according to the site. Transition zombies occupy the middle ground: they may look like harmless, sleep-deprived milkmaids, but can be unexpectedly triggered to hunt viciously like their runner brethren. Finally, there are creepers who lurk in narrow spaces.
As runners traverse 3K, 5K, or 7K obstacle courses, they dodge all types of zombies in a quest to keep their health flags and gain eligibility for cash prizes. Zombies and racers only interact via flag—there’s no other touching allowed. Zombies are limited to snagging one flag per runner, and runners are limited to using their feet and hands for locomotion.
According to founder Jeff, a passion for “amusement parks, thrill rides, and fitness” inspired the creation of DFW Zombie Run. He also cited “a love for action, adventure, and horror movies.”
Running is a great way to stay healthy in general; it's also the only way to stay healthy if you're on the course of a 5KRunDead race. Each competitor is armed with flags, and as zombies nab them, they grow weaker. Lose all your flags and you're out of the game, while the fastest and nimblest get rewarded with prizes at the end. Zombies are rewarded with prizes, too, plus the fun of being transformed into genuinely gruesome creatures by pro makeup artists. Proceeds seek to spread good health far and wide—100% will benefit cancer and Alzheimer's research.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Our instructors are certified, enthusiastic and on -time!
Exercise is challenging. How do you keep clients motivated and engaged?
Through positive reinforcements
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Obese women and children
What do you love most about your job?
Every day I get to make a difference in somebodys' life!
Dash for the Beads 5K is a race. And a walk. And a costume contest. And a family- and pet-friendly festival. Established in 2010, the annual gathering rolls a slew of events into one fun-filled day in an effort to raise money for Dash for the Beads—a non-profit that helps local schools promote healthy habits. The 5K route begins and ends at Kidd Springs Park, and weaves through the hills of East Kessler. But whether they walk, run, or somersault, participants are encouraged to dress themselves—and their pets—in costumes. It's a festive vibe that carries into a post-race party, complete with live music from The O's, food, and a beer garden sponsored by local breweries.
AIDS Walk South Dallas uses its resources to empower those affected by HIV/AIDS through prevention, advocacy, education, peer support, and emergency financial assistance. In 2015, the event brought in more than $28,000 in support of HIV/AIDS programs and services. In 2016, AIDS Walk South Dallas will attempt to top that number as participants stroll around the Martin Luther King Center and other historical areas. The 2016 installment's theme is "Supporting the Future," so named in hopes of earning more local community support and further curbing the spread of HIV/AIDS.
A mere 20-minute drive from downtown, Cedar Ridge Preserve gives visitors a chance to stretch their hiking legs and get some fresh air. The 600-acre preserve stretches over hilly country populated by native trees and grasses, butterfly gardens, and lots of local fauna, and features 9 miles of hiking trails kept in good condition by The Audubon Society.