CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The fifth annual HallowEast celebration, Oct. 23-26 on Charleston's East End, will have a new twist. Included in the event will be the first Run Like Hell HallowEast Zombie 5K Run/Walk, at 7 p.m. Oct. 26.
In the after-dark race, humans run from zombies and zombies run after humans. Human contestants may choose to wear a belt containing a few "life flags." At several intervals on the course, zombies participating in the annual East End Zombie Walk will chase humans in an attempt to take those "life flags." Contestants will race against the clock and run for their lives, some of them in costumes.
At the finish line, prizes will be awarded to the runner with the best time, the runner with the best time who kept the most life flags, the zombie who took the most life flags from human contestants and more.
The HallowEast Run Like Hell Zombie 5K Run/Walk will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in honor of Lindsey Anne Strader, who died in December 2012 at age 33 after a lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis.
For the second year, HallowEast will be produced in partnership with FestivALL Fall. The full HallowEast 5 schedule, including all the ghoulish events occurring throughout the East End business district, will be officially released Sept. 6 through the HallowEast website, HallowEast.com, and the Official HallowEast Ghoulish Guide.
Pre-registration for the Run Like Hell Zombie 5K Run/Walk starts Aug. 9 and runs through Oct. 1. The fee is $25 per runner and includes a race T-shirt. For information on registration after Oct. 1, race sponsors, race route information, group registration rates and more, visit www.charlestoneastend.com, starting Aug. 9.