- 2 Feb 2013
- The Star Malaysia
DEAD MAN’S DASH
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Blood on the tracks at Malaysia’s first ‘zombie run’
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – Malaysians smeared with fake blood roamed a jungle range on the outskirts of the capital Kuala Lumpur on Saturday in the Southeast Asian’s country’s first “zombie run”.
One woman had an arrow in her hair made to look as if had pierced her skull while many others were wearing blood-smeared and torn t-shirts.
Organisers for the Zombie Run Malaysia 2013 said on their Facebook page that 150 “zombies” — volunteers with ghoulish make-up and costumes — were expected to chase 1,000 runners past broken walls and abandoned huts in the jungle patch.
The zombies’ goal is to take away runners’ tags before they reach the finishing line in the one-day event.
Zombie runs are already popular in the United States and other countries.
Zombies invade Malaysia!
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 1 ― Bloody gaping wounds, rotting flesh and pallid skin… this can only be the undead. Zombies. No, it’s not a remake of the video for Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” It’s the third and final weekend of makeup and rehearsals in preparation for the Zombie Run Malaysia 2013 tomorrow.
Some of the 150 volunteers who signed up to be zombies are learning how to apply makeup to create that realistic, gruesome appearance for the event.
The Zombie Run Malaysia 2013 is loosely based on the American “Run For Your Lives Zombie 5K”, except that it is Malaysian-ised.
“It’s like rumah hantu (haunted house) where you main kejar-kejar (play catch),” said organiser Charanpirabu who is better known as Lord Zombie Chacha.
Instead of a gruelling obstacle course, Zombie Run Malaysia is a storyline-based treasure hunt-cum-run where teams of five search for five tokens in abandoned huts, damaged cars and broken walls while avoiding being “killed in a zombie apocalypse.” A person “dies” when the zombie manages to tear the life strap off their body.
Each token is a prize and there are multiple routes to reach the tokens. The team that gets back to the finishing line with five tokens and all the members surviving stand a chance to be the ultimate Zombie Run Malaysia winner.
“It’s designed to be fun and since it’s for Malaysians, it is more mind-boggling than physical,” said Chacha. Some of the home-grown zombies that participants can expect are the Makcik Nasi Lemak zombie, Tiger Beer Auntie zombie and Mat Rempit zombie.
Tickets to Zombie Run Malaysia 2013 sold out within the first week of release. There will be 200 teams consisting of 1,000 participants and 150 zombie volunteers. To ensure that everyone gets a chance to enjoy the event, there are five two-hour waves or time periods in which the game commence. Each team can only participate in one wave.