Hear the coordinators of the run yell “GO.” Start jogging while everyone else is still snap chatting. Watch out for the muddy ground and the slippery leaves on the trail under black leather boots. Run out of breathe despite having gone to the gym throughout the week. Listen for zombie grunts. Look for toddler and kid zombies hiding behind trees, sliding down rocks, and hunting loved ones for flags. Enjoy the rush of running and zombies chasing.

p.s. On Saturday, Ulster County hosted the incredible, 7th annual Zombie Escape Run in Williams Lake, Rosendale. The zombies were so energetic, and everyone who ran/jogged/walked was so into the race. I’ve never participated in a walk/run/bike marathon before, and I really enjoyed it, especially in costume and with my friends. So, here’s to learning how to escape a zombie apocalypse!

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