Most people use Labor Day weekend for rest and relaxation, but people from all over Pennsylvania and Maryland headed to Pittsburgh to deal with a zombie invasion. Run for Your Lives held their 5K obstacle course filled with hills, mud, mazes, electrical shocks, and the undead. Thousands of brave runners in creative costumes attempted to survive the race with at least one life flag. However, in the end there weren't many "survivors" in the after party held near the Butler County Fairgrounds. The race will move onto Toronto next and then return to the east coast in October when they hold a two-day event in Maryland.
One of the Pittsburgh obstacles sent runners down a huge slip and slide and into a pool of mud. After emerging from the mud, they faced the undead. (Photo credit: Chrissie Klinger)
Run for Your Lives hosts the Zombie 5k in cities all across North America. Participants are given a belt with three life tags and sent in waves of about 400 plus runners every 30 minutes to the obstacle course. The undead try to pull the life tags off the runners as they go through the woods and obstacles, which included mud, mazes, and small electrical shocks. At the end of the race, runners with life tags left are escorted to the live area and runners without life tags are shuffled to the dead area. All finishers receive a medal and t-shirt as well as access to the after party with food, drinks and live bands. The top "alive" runners also receive prizes.
Runners in Pittsburgh were also able to donate their shoes after the race to Sole 4 Souls, a non-profit organization that gives shoes to people in need all over the world.