Run for your life

22:17, May 11 2014

Thrill-seekers took on a fun run with a difference today; being chased through a 5 kilometre obstacle course by 'Zombies'.

Hundreds lined up for today's 5km Run For Your Freak'n Life event held at Spookers Haunted Attraction Scream Park, on the grounds of the old Kingseat Psychiatric Hospital.

The hospital - set on more than 40 acres - has been closed since 1999 and is said to be one of New Zealand's most haunted sites.

Promoters said on the eve of the event: ''This is one race where your legs giving out are the least of your problems.

''Run For Your Freak'n Life is a first of its kind in New Zealand event, one part 5k, one part obstacle course, one part escaping the clutches of zombies - all parts awesome.

''Throughout the 5k obstacle race, there will be over 20 man-made and natural obstacles for you to conquer.


''Our hand-selected zombies are the best of the worst from Spookers Haunted Attraction Scream Park. They are trained professionals with many years of serious experience.''

They said of the obstacles: ''They may include getting down and dirty, climbing, crawling, and generally getting your vigour slammed.''

Competitors were given a belt featuring several flags representing their ''vigour'' prior to setting off into the mayhem.

Zombies would not touch fun-runners, instead they would attempt to take a flag. Failure to complete an obstacle also resulted in the loss of a flag.

Once a competitor had lost all of their flags, they were deemed to be dead.

The event was open to anyone aged over 13.

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