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Utah Hosts Zombie and Mud-themed Races

Learn about the Undead 5k and Utah’s first “Dirty Dash”


by James Gunter


Zombie Run Kicks Off Halloween Season


zombie run
Photo by Björn Söderqvist

To kick off the Halloween season, contestants got their Romero on at Utah’s first zombie run: Night of the Running Dead 5k, Oct. 9th at This is the Place Heritage Park. The race was run run in two waves: the survivors started the race, then the zombies were unleashed one minute later in an event that aspired to mimic an epic zombie chase. In addition to a costume contest, the big Halloween party featured local bands, entertainment, awards, and a raffle.  Over 700 runners attended and the event successfully raised over $5,000 for the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. Info at UndeadRace.com.

First Utah Mud Run A Hit


The Dirty Dash lead contestants through a gauntlet of muddy obstacles

Utah’s first “Dirty Dash” took place September 25th at Soldier Hollow in Midway. This race pit man against mud in a 10k obstacle course up and down the mountain and through the swamp adjoining Deer Creek Reservoir. Participants clambered their way through the muddy obstacle course and down the biggest slip-n-slide ever created to the finish, smiling for the camera. Costumed teams ran through the race dressed as beauty queens, doctors, superheroes and more. If you want to have fun getting down and dirty, you can sign up for a 5k version this spring at TheDirtyDash.com

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