Race Information

The 5K Race & 1 Mile Walk or 'Creep n' Crawl'
PLUS Endurance Challenge*

Date: October 18, 2014

Dawn of the Running Dead - 9am
Day of the Running Dead - 2pm
Night of the Running Dead - 8pm

*Register for all three for an exclusive 5 year anniversary medal

Location: Utah State Fair Grounds, 155 N 1000 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84116

All runners will register as either Undead or Human. If Undead, they may dress as such and will start the race 2 minutes after the humans begin their run. So here we'll see an army of undead chasing the living (the whole point of the race). This is just a race and no contact along the course other than normal physical contact expected at a race will be permitted. Costumes are optional but greatly encouraged, especially for anyone in the 1 Mile 'Creep n' Crawl'.

Because this is a Halloween/Undead-themed race we are going to take every precaution in keeping participants safe. No props will be allowed in during the race or at the event that could harm anyone (didn’t your mother teach you not to run with scissors?).  Each participant will be required to sign and agree to the terms and conditions of the Registration Agreement and Liability Waiver.  In our previous four years, with over 3,000 participants, we have had no misbehaving rascals, and no severe injuries.

Night of the Running Dead 5K is first and foremost for FUN and to raise money for the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. We ask participants to be courteous and patient with other runners and volunteers. Chip timing has been made optional for 5K participants this year to help lower our costs and yours for those that are not concerned with their time.

Age divisions have also been established so that runners who want to compare their times to others in their same age group can do so, however winners in these divisions will not be eligible for the overall cash prizes, but fun zombie themed prizes will still be awarded as well as medals for different divisions.

Pre-Race/Walk Events, Packet Pickup, and Check-in* Start Time

  • Friday October 17th, 2014 - Pre-race packet pickup/Check in.
    Location-Scheel's 11282 S State St, Sandy, UT 84070 - 2-8pm.
  • 7:00 am, Saturday October 18th, 2014 Packet Pickup opens. (Come early to get your packet)
* Checking in on race day is NOT required if you
  have already retrieved your packet, bib, etc.

Event Start Times

  • 7 am Event officially begins
  • 6 pm for Annual Costume Contest 
  • Approx. 5:00 pm for the 1 Mile Creep n’ Crawl
    Dawn of the Running Dead
  • Approx. 9:00 am for Humans 5K
  • Approx. 9:02 am for Undead 5K
    Day of the Running Dead
  • Approx. 2:00 pm for Humans 5K
  • Approx. 2:02 pm for Undead 5K
    Dawn of the Running Dead
  • Approx. 8:00 pm for Humans 5K
  • Approx. 8:02 pm for Undead 5K

Entry Fees

5K Run/Walk

  • $30 - Now to October 10, 2014 (Last day for guaranteed shirts)
  • $35 - Oct. 10th - October 15, 2013 (last day for online registration)
  • $40 - DAY OF RACE - October 17, & 18th

Additional Add-ons:

  •  Free Cotton T-Shirt (+$1 for XXL, +$2 for XXXL)
  • +$5 - Technical Fabric T-Shirt (+$1 for XXL, +$2 for XXXL)
  • +$5 - Female Technical V-neck style shirt
  • -$3 - Not Chip Timed
  • +$10 - Zombie wall recognition for your additional donation to Huntsman

1 Mile Walk - "Creep n' Crawl"

  • $15 - Now to October 15th, 2014 (Last day for online registration)
  • $20 - DAY OF WALK

Additional 1 Mile Walk Add-ons:

  • Free – Cotton T-Shirt (+$1 for XXL, +$2 for XXXL)
  • +$5 – Technical Fabric T-Shirt (+$1 for XXL, +$2 for XXXL)
  • +$5 - Female Technical V-neck style shirt
  • +$10 – Zombie wall recognition for your additional donation to Huntsman

Shirts & Packets

The T-shirt is a standard cotton shirt, and has different designs and color depending on whether you registered as a Human or Undead.  A technical fabric shirt (100% synthetic running shirt) will be available for an additional fee. See shirts from our previous years as examples in our Zombie Shop.

Shirts will be available during packet pickup and on race day.  To speed up the process, please have a printed copy of your registration with you, or have it available to view on a mobile device.

T-shirts will be reserved for each pre-registered runner and cannot be exchanged (due to wrong size, etc.) until after the event. Same day registration shirts will be available as supplies last.

"Baby doll" or female cut T-shirts will be available at the Zombie Shop of Horrors on race day or on our website. Exchanges for these shirts will not be available.

Awards and Prizes

Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in the two categories: Undead and Humans. There will also be male and female divisions, and age groups for a total of 48 winners per race.  Each of the 48 winners of each race will receive a special medal and an additional shirt, any color or size, of their choice (including any prior years’ shirts, if available).  The top male and top female in the OPEN division (human and undead a total of 4 per race) will win purse prizes.  Participants can win multiple prizes by competing in multiple races.  For instance, a person can take 2nd place, Youth, Female, Zombie in the Dawn of the Running Dead, and 1st place in Youth, Female, Zombie, in Night of the Running Dead; as long as the participant has signed up, and paid for, both races.  Awards and prizes are subject to change if necessary. This event isn't so much about winning as it is about having fun!

Undead Awards

  • 1st Place = “Golden Brain”
  • 2nd Place = “Silver Brain”
  • 3rd Place = “Bronze Brain”

Human Awards

  • 1st Place = “Golden Shotgun"
  • 2nd Place = “Silver Shotgun”
  • 3rd Place = “Bronze Shotgun”

Age Groups

Please choose the appropriate age group you would like to compete against.  If you would like to compete against all age groups, select the OPEN division.  The OPEN division is also the only group that will grant eligibility for the purse prizes.

  • Youth (18 and Under)
  • Open (No age restrictions, and is eligible for purse prizes)
  • Masters (35 & over)
  • GrandMasters (50 & over)

Purse Prizes

Available for top 4 overall in each gender, including both human and undead for each race in the OPEN DIVISION ONLY.  12 total 1st place prizes accross the 3 races.  Night of the Running Dead reserves the right to change purse prizes at any time.

  • 1st Place - $50

Registration and Packet Pick-up/Check-In

Race packets will be available for pick-up on Friday, October 17th, location TBD and on race day.  Packets will contain your race bib, chip for timing, swag, etc. and any other information. Your shirts can be picked up at that time after you've signed for you packet. Checking in on race day is NOT required if your packet was already received previously.


Parking will be available in the overflow parking south of the Fair park.

Course maps will be available soon.