The Zombie Run 2013 was held last Saturday, February 2 at the Canyon Paintball Park in Bandar Utama. I was literally a zombie as I had only an hour of sleep before meeting up with our team captain, Emma. To participate in the game, you’d have to form a team of 5 and it doesn’t matter if it was all females (like us) or all male or 3 to 2 female to male ratio – it didn’t matter. There were 5 different waves as they couldn’t cram all 1000 runners into the area and we were in the first wave which began at 8.15am. Each runner was given a bib with a ‘life-strap’ secured using velcro on the back of the bib. If a zombie snatches your life-strap, you’re out of the game. The captain had an extra life-strap and because we had registered the team at Kelana Mall, our captain received three life-straps. We were given the map below and were told that we had 45 minutes to collect 5 tokens – each token were placed in separate ‘zombie zones’ with different levels of difficulty (of the zombies). We were also told that there are 3 types of zombies to be expected; the stumbler zombie, the chaser zombies (I hated these!) and the mystery you-don’t-wanna-mess-with zombie (which we now know is the parkour zombie).
I won’t give a minute by minute of recap but let’s just say all strategizing effort went out of the window once the wave started. Here’s roughly what happen:
- It was extremely hard to look out for your team. Everyone was wearing red bibs.
- It was extremely hard to find the token. We entered the race not knowing of how the token looked like – we were only told it was obvious. About halfway through the game, we finally found out the token is literally a token – a casino chip.
- It was extremely hard to find a tiny token while running at the same time. The ratio of zombies to human were 1 to 2 and with the cramped space, your only chance of survival is to just keep running around.
- The zombies needed a chill pill. Our captain’s bib was almost ripped into pieces due to one of the zombies being over excited. I also think zombies should give the runner some chance if he or she falls during a chase.
- More marshalls are needed and they need to be briefed clearly. Some were just standing around not knowing what to do.
- 45 minutes to get 5 tokens in a zombie-filled area is HARD.
- Some runners took the whole bag of tokens (we understand they were placed in a paper bag/plastic) for their team. Again, proper briefing would have avoided this confusion.
- RM75 fee and all we got was a finisher tee and a keychain! I was looking forward to a medal, and most importantly there were no refreshments provided to the runners after the race.
While I applaud the organizer’s effort in hosting the first ever Zombie Run in Malaysia, I hope they can learn from this experience and improve on it the next time around. Perhaps if they just follow the US template of Run For Your Lives, it would have been better.
Here are some photos taken by our personal ‘photographer’ (no kidding. The marshalls didn’t even notice he was there). At the bottom of the post is a video footage from one of the participant. Check it out! (P/S: Thanks Hatta & Emma for the pictures!)
Runner’s point of view (POV) of the game: