Run among the undead and raise money for the rail trails
By SUSAN CLARK
Union Leader Correspondent | September 25. 2013 7:34PM
About 90 zombies took part in the Rails to Entrails Zombie Survival 5K race in New Boston last year. This year’s race is Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Hillsborough County Youth Center, off Route 13. New this year is a kids' 1K race that will be less challenging and less scary than the adult 5K. Proceeds help support the New Boston Rail Trails. (COURTESY)
It’s not a horror movie or a new TV show, but the second annual Rails to Entrails Zombie Survival 5K race in New Boston on Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Hillsborough County Youth Center, off Route 13.
“There are culvert pipes that people crawl through, large sand piles to cross over, and a water slide over a steep hill. It’s pretty intense,” said Laura Bernard, vice chairman of the New Boston Conservation Commission.
Runners will also tackle a large mud pit and horse gates to hurdle. Local Scouts are also building a monkey bridge made of sticks and ropes that runners have to climb and cross over.
At registration, runners are given three flags to wear. If they lose all three, they become zombies. If runners compete the race intact, they stay alive. Prizes will be given for the fastest runner alive, the fastest runner dead, and the zombie with the most kills — meaning the most flags captured. Last year, the races featured 90 zombies and more than 200 runners from New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Maine.
New this year is a 1K race for kids geared toward elementary-school ages.
As teachers, McDermott and Veilleux are always on the lookout for ways to help their students.
The cost to sign up for the kids’ 1K is $9. On Oct. 6, registration begins at 8 a.m., with the race at 9:30 a.m.
Runners and zombies are encouraged to wear scary make-up, but don’t be afraid if your talents are limited. There will be face-painters on hand who will make you look like one of the undead.
To register or for more information, go to railstoentrails.com.