FAQ – What you Need to Know for the Run!
Can we compete in teams?
We encourage you to bring all of your friends and family to participate! More potential zombie bait so you survive! However, we have no discounted rates for teams.
Can I wear a costume?
Yes! Costumes are encouraged! You can wear any costume as long as it is appropriate for the general public, and will not harm you or other participants (no sharp edges, nothing that will trip you or others, no weapons, etc). Did you know? Zombies have a hard time seeing costumes. Really.
What about spectators?
We love people-watching! You are welcome to take pictures, and cheer everyone along, including the zombies. However, only registered runners and staff will be allowed on the course.
I’m not in great shape, can I still run?
Absolutely! This event is designed for all skill levels. There are more mental obstacles than physical obstacles, and everyone should be able to navigate the route. If you have a medical condition of any kind, please know and respect your limits and alert a course volunteer if you need to bypass an obstacle.
How many obstacles will there be?
There are about 13 obstacles. On top of hordes of zombies, of course. Better bring your A game!
How difficult are the obstacles?
The obstacles will vary in difficulty but will be more mental than physical, and designed for all ages.
Can I skip an obstacle?
Yes, if you cannot complete an obstacle you may bypass it. However, obstacles are made to protect you from the zombies so we cannot guarantee that you will not be infected in that process. Alert a course volunteer to show you the route.
How old do I have to be?
On race day you must be 10 years or older. If you are under 16 you must have a parent or guardian with you at all times on site. Under 18 must have consent from a parent or guardian when you register online.
Will you guys refund my money?
Sorry, if you cannot make the run we cannot refund your money. Consider it a generous donation to a worthwhile cause!
What do I need to bring?
Official form of picture identification: no runner without ID will be allowed on the course.
If you are under 16, you must have an adult with you on and off the course at all times.
Cash for food, beverages, and zombie gear.
You will be covered in mud and other filth after the race (yay!), so bring a towel and a change of clothing (especially socks and shoes) to change into. We will have a clean up station at the event so you can rinse off and enjoy yourself.
Check the weather before the event to make sure you are prepared (i.e., umbrellas, warm gear, cold gear, wet gear, etc.).
Costumes are encouraged!
How much is parking?
For this event there will be free parking in a designated area. Look for the parking attendant when you arrive.
What awards do you give out?
Each registered runner who finishes will be given a medal.
Is this run timed?
No, this run is not timed. You are welcome to time yourself!
I’m from out of town, where should I stay?
We have discounted rates with the Fairfield Inn and Suites. (918)683-6700 or http://okcastle.com/lodging/
What does my registration get me?
Each runner registration includes:
-a runner’s Rewards Bag
-a T-shirt to show off
-a voucher for 1 free drink at the after-party (water, soda, or beer)
-a ticket for Opening Weekend of the Halloween Festival (October 4th or 5th)
-a shiny medal declaring you either Survivor or Infected, depending on your success avoiding zombies
What is the “Paint the Town Dead” party?
It’s our after party with food, drinks, merchandise, dancing, a costume contest, and fun!
What kind of food and drink will be available?
There will be various food and drink available with vegetarian options. (We cannot promise gluten-free.) There will be water, soda, and beer (available to those over 21 with ID).
What kind of products will be available?
What time should I be there?
Packet pickup will be at 1 pm and heats will be assigned based on your arrival.
How do I survive?
You will be issued a flag belt with 3 flags, which must be worn outside your clothing, and not tucked in. Escape the zombies with at least one life flag and you will survive!
What happens if I get infected?
Awwww….too bad! Just kidding. If you get infected, you may still finish the race, and you will still get a medal. It will say “Infected,” but we think you are super cool for finishing anyway! Some of us think the “Infected” are waaaay cooler.
Can I bring weapons to fight the undead?
No weapons will be allowed, period. No real weapons, and no replica weapons, no boffer weapons. NO WEAPONS.
Will the zombies bite me/eat my limbs?
The zombies are trained to not actually eat any runners. They only want you for your life flags.
What happens if I get injured?
We will have medical staff on site for any injuries that may happen. Please alert a course volunteer if you need medical assistance.
Will there be security?
There will be security throughout the entire event, as well as volunteer monitors all along the course.
When does online registration close?
Online registration closes September 10th. There may be a limited quantity of registration spots available on race day at the higher rate ($60). T-shirts and medals aren’t guaranteed if you wait!
Is there camping allowed?
No, we do not allow camping at this event. However, we do have discounted rates with the Fairfield Inn and Suites. Mention The Castle when you make your reservation.
How do I become a merchant?
Send your information to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call us at (800)439-0658. Booth fees start at $50. All kinds of merchants are welcome!
I am interested in Sponsorship, who do I contact?
Send your information to email@example.com or you can call us at (800)439-0658.
Who does the event benefit?
This is a charitable event which benefits The American Red Cross, Muskogee Service Center, and the Muskogee Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity.
What does Habitat for Humanity do?
Habitat assists low-income families in creating a bridge out of poverty by building new homes. They partner with the family, who contribute 300 hours of sweat equity and invest another 100 hours in another home, “paying it forward” for another family. From their website (http://www.muskogeehfh.org/): Habitat’s mission is “to eliminate poverty housing from Muskogee and to make decent, affordable shelter for all people a matter of conscience.”
Why the Red Cross?
From their website (www.redcross.org): “The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. Our network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world, through five key service areas: Disaster Relief, Supporting America’s Military Families, Livesaving Blood, Health and Safety Services, and International Services.”