The Running Dead 5k & Apocalypse Party

Zombies are coming back to Medford!

The 2015 date will be posted soon!



The 2014 event was such a success we’re starting to plan for next October!  We’ll post a SAVE the DATE notice as soon as plans are confirmed. Thanks to the 326 runners and 60 volunteers who made our first annual Running Dead 5K such a huge success.

The most unforgettable 5K fun run in the Rogue Valley! The Running Dead 5K is a charity event to benefit Goodwill’s job training programs in the Southern Oregon region including Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake counties and Siskiyou county in CA.

It’s NOT a timed event, but an experience set to begin at dusk. Zombies can be a bit scary so this is a 13 and over event. It is a non-violent, just-for-fun race. The only grabbing on the course will be for flags.

The 5K course will culminate with the Apocalypse Party for runners, their supporters and general public. The party features music, contests, prizes, food, beverage, vendor and community booths.

How It Works

If you register as a human, your ultimate goal is to cross the finish line with at least one “life” remaining — you start with a belt with three flags. Humans who survive with one flag will be quarantined and will vie for King of the Survivors. If you sign on as a running zombie, your aim is to collect as many lives (flags) as you can for the purpose of becoming King of the Zombies at the after-party, the Apocalypse Party. You can also be a “placed zombie” –meaning you pay$10 extra to have the luxury of not running  the 5K course because you’ve been “placed” at a hiding spot along the route. Placed zombies can surprise running humans in a quest for flags.

Human runners: if all of your flags have been taken, you are NOT automatically transformed into a zombie and you may NOT take another runner’s flags, chase other runners, or pick up flags off the ground. Silly humans, flags are for zombies.

It’s going to be an event like no other in Southern Oregon.

Special FX Makeup

Makeup tents will be open as of 1 p.m. for complimentary basic makeup.

We Need Volunteers!

An excellent opportunity for students or your service group to gain community service hours for volunteering at this charity fun run. A link will be posted soon for volunteer sign up and to choose duties and shifts. Volunteers who work the entire event will get a rad Running Dead volunteer t shirt!


Thanks to Opposition Brewing all finishers, zombie or human, will receive a finish line brew!
Must be 21+ with valid picture ID!