5K Zombie Survival Run
They were coming to get Jessica Easterling. Scores of, maybe a hundred, zombies — grunting, grabbing, giving chase — as she ran along a wooded path, across bridges and into a field.
Easterling, 29, nearly reached safety unscathed. As in many tales of the undead, they got her in the end.
About 700 runners registered for the 5K Zombie Survival Run on Saturday morning in Cherokee Park, where about 100 actors dressed in ghoulish face paint and bloody costumes snarled and swiped at them — ostensibly out of hunger for flesh.
“The zombies were fast,” said Easterling, who lives in New Albany, Ind., and ran with her 11-year-old son, Derek. “I didn’t think they’d be that fast. They’re not that fast in the movies.”
The Zombie Survival Run was a benefit for the Alley Theater in Butchertown, which describes itself as a “progressive” theater, said Kenn Parks, the Alley’s marketing director and a run organizer.