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Zombie bride Chelsea Love does her best to make sure that no one makes it out of her area alive. (Benjamin C. Klein/Union Leader Correspondent)

Zombies in Candia?

Chills, thrills and an electrified fence

CANDIA - Zombie hordes invaded the Liquid Planet Water Park for a 5K zombie obstacle course that saw residents from throughout New England come for some exercise - and a good scare.

Hundreds of runners spent the afternoon trying to outrun hundreds of slow-moving zombies that chased the runners in the Run For Your Lives Zombie 5K.

"I got really into running, and I figured why not get chased by zombies to make it more interesting? It was definitely a unique experience; I plan on doing it again next year," said Kristen St. Hilare of Manchester.

St. Hilare's boyfriend, Arthur Hoffman, also of Manchester, said St. Hilare received the run tickets as a Valentine's Day present.

"It was a little more challenging than I thought," Hoffman said. "The obstacles were tough, and there were way more zombies than I thought there would be."

To get through the roughly 3-mile course, participants had to negotiate not just zombies, but also hills, mud, a "blood pit" and an actual (low voltage) electrified fence.

The runners weren't the only ones having fun, as the zombie hordes definitely got into the act. Each runner started the race with three flags attached at the waist. To make it through uninfected, a runner had to finish with at least one flag still attached.

"It's awesome, I got a bunch of flags. I am having a great time, and they did a great job with my makeup. They even used airbrushing and everything," said zombie Nicholas Vitale of Massachusetts.

Steve Reichert was a more professional zombie than most. He was dressed in a full suit and looked sort of like an undead high school principal.

"I am already planning on coming back. This is a lot of fun, and they should have more stuff like this," Reichert said.

The race was put on by RSP Live, a company that travels the country organizing zombie races. Originally scheduled to be held in Connecticut, the race was moved to New Hampshire because of permit issues, event coordinator Alyssa Onlie said.

"I really like it here. It's very pretty. It has a lot of character. We might end up coming back here next year," she said.

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