Date
18 October 2017
The event will be held at the West Kowloon harborfront on Oct. 2 and only 12,000 people will be admitted to the race. Photo: Runforyourlives.asia
The event will be held at the West Kowloon harborfront on Oct. 2 and only 12,000 people will be admitted to the race. Photo: Runforyourlives.asia

Run for your lives: HK set to stage first Zombie Run

Hong Kong will stage its first-ever Zombie Run in October.

The fun marathon took America by storm with over 10,000 runners joining the inaugural event in 2011, and has since gained increasing popularity in Europe, Australia, Singapore and Taiwan.

The race, officially called “Run For Your Lives”, is scheduled to take place on Oct. 2 at the West Kowloon harborfront, and only 12,000 people will be admitted to the race because of space constraints, Apple Daily reported on Thursday. 

But those interested in joining the fun run may be a lot more: over 40,000 “likes” have been registered on the organizers’ social media platforms so far.

In the competition, participants can opt to be a human or a zombie. “Human” racers will be given three red silk strings to wear on their waist and will have to run through a five-kilometer course, while the “zombie” racers, who will dress up in most terrifying costumes, lie in wait to ambush the runners and get as many red silk strings as they possibly can from the “human” players.

“Human” racers who manage to finish the race with their three red silk strings attached will be awarded survivor medals.

According to the Singapore-based organizer Action X, the race has already attracted 8,400 applications on the first day of registration on Sunday.

Some applicants have complained that other applicants’ personal details were displayed during their registration process online.

Action X said it was due to a bug in the computer system and the web page has been shut for maintenance. The organizer issued an apology and said less than 10 applicants were affected, the report said.

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