No need to be a runner or a zombie to enjoy the PrepareAthon!
This free, public event is open to everyone from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Family activities, information, & demonstrations to include: 
•  Emergency Responders, Vehicles, and Equipment 
(fire trucks, bulldozer, bug-out car)
•  Personal and Family Readiness for Disaster 
•  Off-grid camping and survival demonstrations 
•  Disaster First Aid
•  Fire escape planning smoke demonstration trailer
•  Backup and portable power alternatives
•  Preparedness supplies and gear (plus zombie novelty items)
•  Animal Readiness for domestic pets & livestock (plus petting zoo)
•  Readiness Activities for children (with take-home kit)
•  Community Emergency Response Team 
•  Community Gardeners
•  Games and prizes (free stuff!)
•  Hands-on Fire extinguisher practice (real flames)
•  Food Trucks 
•  Music
• Zombies! (Disclaimer: zombies are not real)
Take your preparedness to the next level!

Why A Zombie Run?

Community invited
to learn about 
​Emergency Preparedness

To help showcase the need for all residents to  develop their own family and workplace emergency preparedness plans, El Paso County Parks is hosting the fourth annual “Be Prepared…Don’t Be A Zombie” Zombie Run and PrepareAthon.  This 3K event will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, at El Paso County’s Bear Creek Regional Park.

The Waldo Canyon Fire, Black Forest Fire and the subsequent flash flooding off the burn scars have brought emergency preparedness clearly into focus throughout El Paso County.  

The “Don’t be a Zombie” run is a fun way to provide educational information to residents, emphasize the value of being prepared and showcase El Paso County’s Fox Run Regional Park.

“Being prepared for any emergency is important for your family,” said Commissioner Peggy Littleton. “It only takes a little effort to make a plan and to be ready. Even if people don’t want to participate in the run or be a zombie, they are welcome to come out and visit the emergency preparedness vendors and displays that will be set up in the park. This is a great opportunity to purchase items for a 72-hour emergency kit.”

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PreRegistration is required for the Zombie Run through

General Rules

1.  No weapons or mock weapons.
2.  No alcohol.
3.  No pets on the course.
4.  No strollers or carrying children.
5.  Identification is required.
6.  Signed race liability and photography waiver is required.
7.  Direct and intentional physical contact with any runner or zombie is strictly prohibited, those in violation will be disqualified. 
8.  Flags must be visible to course officials and be worn on the sides of the body.  
9. Participants bib number must be clearly visible on the font of their attire, no one will be allowed to race without an official bib number.
​10. Participants and spectators must abide by all instructions given from the race directors, race staff, volunteers, and medical personnel.
11. Photographers and videographers will be stationed along the course.
12. Working as a team with friends, family, and with strangers is allowed. 
13. Participants must be 8 years of age or older by race day.
14. Participants must register online prior to midnight Sunday, September 20, 2015



PreRegistration is Required  for the Zombie Run through Participants do not have to be a member of to register. 

Be A Runner: Run the 3K route while trying to escape the zombie hordes. 

Cost: Before Sept 9...
$25 Adult runner, 19+

$20 Youth runner, 8-18

After Sept 9

$30, Adult; $25 Youth

Team/Family Discounts: $3 off per runner. 

Includes a T-shirt, bib number and the "I Survived the Zombie Apocalypse Party."

Be A Zombie:  What's a Zombie Run without something ghoulish waiting for you in the woods? You can register to be one of the many undead participants. (Biting and Eating of the runners is strictly forbidden.) Come dressed as your favorite zombie and attempt to pull the "life flags" off the runners.  Some assistance with makeup will be available on race day.   

Cost: $10

2016 Zombie Run

the Basics

Be Prepared… Don’t Be A Zombie
2016 Zombie Run & PrepareAthon
Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016
Bear Creek Regional Park in Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado. The Zombie Run will consist of multiple heats with the first heat beginning at 10 a.m. The course meanders through the beautiful Bear Creek Regional Park.

The Zombie Run route is a 3K course.

The course is at high elevation, about 6,000 feet. The trail has some moderate elevation gain. Fun obstacles will be in your way as you try to out run the zombie hordes.

Zombies will attempt to pull off your "life flags" as you make your way through the course. Survival stations with water and extra flags will dot the trail. You'll have to answer a survival question to get a new flag.