The Running Dead 5k & Apocalypse Party

Zombies are coming to Medford!

Register now for the craziest charity 5K!

Chase or be chased — you choose!

Registration is Open — Humans and Zombies May Apply!


Register today for the most unforgettable 5K fun run in the Rogue Valley! The Running Dead 5K is set for Saturday, October 18 — 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.

Race time is 4 p.m. with gates opening at 1:00 p.m. for packet pick up and shopping — see the schedule on the right side bar of this page.  All registrants will be contacted by email in early October to give specific details such as parking, directions, packet pick up directions, etc.  Makeup artists will be on hand for those who want an extra touch, however, your costume is up to you. Might we suggest you stop by a local Goodwill store to get clothing and accessories?

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 loop along the Bear Creek Greenway from Bear Creek Park to Hawthorne Park and back, and 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.

Register Now

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. Register now!

Special FX Makeup

Makeup tents will be open as of 1 p.m. for complimentary basic makeup. Pre-race reservations are required for more detailed makeup created by special fx artists, with a choice of packages of “intermediate” for $20 or “advanced” f0r $30. Reservations are required for premium paid services by signing up at Please note that special fx makeup payment is separate than race registration!

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!  Sign up 

Team discounts EXTENDED deadline, now until October 10!


Free Beer for Registered Runners 21+!


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