On Saturday, after I ran Gaspee, I changed in a portapotty (gross) to meet up with my friend Stephanie from Unleashed. She was running the Zombie Charge OCR in North Stonington, CT. Unleashed was representing with a tent so I volunteered to help with some other ambassadors while Stephanie ran the race, so we carpooled.
We ended up leaving RI somewhere around 11:30 and got there close to 12:15 I think. It wasn’t a bad ride at all and not too far from the highway even though it was held on a farm. Stephanie’s heat was at 1:00 so we had plenty of time to grab our stuff and head to the tent before she had to run.
I didn’t run the race, so most of my observations will either be second-hand from people who ran it (some multiple times) or just stuff I saw around the grounds while manning the tent. Right from the start, they totally immerse you in the experience. We were the only ones coming in that late at the time, so as we drive in and pay and start to pull forward, we see a guy that was kind of shuffling along. We both commented that he looked like he should be one of the zombies and lo and behold, he was! All along the road leading up to the event were zombies. One dude held a gas nozzle in his hand and pretended to pump gas in our car, another one washed the windshield and the nurse…oh, the nurse! She was the scariest of all because she just STARED at you. Like, into your soul. She did nothing else – just came RIGHT up next to my passenger window and stared straight at me. I determined right then and there that I would not survive the zombie apocalypse!
A lot of people commented how much fun the race was, but those same people were also commenting how some of the zombies just wouldn’t give up on chasing them. From what I was told, they weren’t allowed to touch you at the obstacles, but any other time you were running you were fair game for them to grab your flags. I guess a few people had this issue with someone sprinting after them for a really long period of time, and one person even said that they, themselves, were grabbed. The “zombies” were only supposed to grab the flags, not you, so that was not cool. Around 12:30, some of the NE Spahtens and others performed a Thriller flash mob, complete with zombie Michael Jackson. It was pretty fun to watch!
The course itself got pretty positive reviews, even with those slight grievances. Pretty much everyone loved the soap slide at the end. Stephanie loved it so much, she even went back and did just the slide two more times when all the heats were done running at 2:30.
Working the tent went well. There was lots of people watching to do, and zombie watching of course. Some of them had REALLY good make-up, while others just looked like they dumped some fake blood over their heads. They may not have been volunteer zombies though. Some people just came dressed up like zombies themselves so it was hard to tell.
The beginning of each heat was pretty cool. They would set off a colored smoke bomb while releasing the zombies from their cage, playing My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark and then everyone would take off running while being chased right from the start.
One of our Unleashed Elite team members, Corrine, took first place female for the event which was awesome. There were also a lot of Spahten members representing and they set up a mini camp behind the Unleashed tent so I got to meet a few more of them in person, which was nice.
We broke down the tent after we were sure people had stopped browsing around and most people were leaving. We got several people interested in coming by and it was fun chatting it up with them. I think we were on the road somewhere just before 3:30 and I got home with just enough time to change once more and head to a dance recital for the girls that Tara used to nanny for.
This definitely sounds like an OCR I want to add to my list for next year!