• Nathan Benderson Park (map)
  • 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle
  • Sarasota, FL, 34235
  • United States

The 5k Zombie Run Sarasota 1.20.2018

The choice is yours:
-Be a Runner (human) and run from the Zombies.
-Be a Zombie and pull the runner's flags as they run through your "Zombie Zone."

Runners wear 3 flags on a belt. Protect these flags, they’re your “life.” Zombies are staged throughout the course ready to chase you and steal your flags. Try to survive, if you can... Lose your flags, and you can still finish the course as a runner. Look for Safe Zones at mile markers 1 and 2 with water, and pick up an extra life flag! Prepare for walkers, runners, crawlers... and some surprises.

Choose to become a member of the Zombie Horde instead, and polish your human hunting skills while adorned in true flesh-eating fashion, compliments of the event's expert make-up team, followed by a visit to our Blood Splatter zone (both incl w/reg). Makeup is free of charge, though tips are appreciated!

Jan 20th 2018 9:00 AM

The event will begin at 9:00 AM.

For the safety of all runners and zombies, we will release "mini waves" every few minutes until everyone has crossed the start line.
-Runners should arrive at 8:00 AM for check in.

Zombie shift is 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM.

-Zombies should arrive at 7:30 AM to allow time for check in, makeup application, training, and for a ride to their "Zombie Zone."

Packet Pickup will be at the run. Gates open and check-in begins at 8:00 AM.

Nathan Benderson Park
5851 Nathan Benderson Circle
Sarasota, FL 34235
Take I-75 to University Pkwy and go West. Turn South on N Cattleman Rd, Pass through 3 traffic circles. The Park will be on the right just South of the Town Center. Look for the signs.

All participants receive a t-shirt, finisher medal, and entry to the post-race apocalypse party complete with music, food, great vendors and a fun family atmosphere.

FREE, unlimited photo downloads after the event! We will have our team of photographers roaming the race course to catch all the action. $2 surcharge, required at registration, applies. IMPORTANT: Remember your bib # and wear it on your front, you will need it to search for your photos online after the run. It is up to YOU to remember your bib #, we do not keep record of it.

$35 Early Bird Rate ends August 31st, 11:59 PM. Regular Rate $60.


11 years old & up $35 - $60
10 year old & under $20

Zombie (Makeup is free of charge, though tips are appreciated!)

11 years old & up $35 - $60
10 years old & under $20

Virtual Run (Zombies not required!) - $15

Can't make it to race day but still want the t-shirt & medal? Run a 5k when and where you want (no need to submit any proof, we trust you!) and after race day, we will send you an official 5k Zombie Run medal and t-shirt!

Spectators are Fre. Viewing areas are limited.
oolers for Refreshments will be allowed (no glass containers, please)
Parking is $5 cash per car and is collected by Nathan Benderson Park.

You will run on the trails around the lake.

Note: this is a fun run and the course is not a certified 5K and is not officially timed. We approximate the distance based on terrain and accesibility. The course is a little longer than 5K. It is 3.5 miles instead of 3.1 miles/5 kilometers.

For everyone's safety, strollers are not allowed.

We have several volunteer opportunities.

Clubs, school groups, and organizations can volunteer during the event. Have a group that would like to volunteer? Please email us at info@the5kzombierun.com for availability.

Individuals can volunteer for pre-event setup help. Please begin your registration to see available shifts, descriptions of duties and to self register. Pre-event volunteers will earn a free entry to the run.

In addition, we are looking for makeup artists, photographers, a videographer/editor and an EMT. Please email us for more information at info@the5kzombierun.com.


Run both The 5k Zombie Run and The 5k Color Blast in the same day.

Add Registration to The 5K Color Blast for only $20.

The 5k Color Blast will be held at the same location in the afternoon following The 5k Zombie Run.
All FUN RUN CHALLENGE participants earn a THIRD special "challenge" medal!

2nd event must be added at registration before you checkout.

Crunchers, use discount code "CRUNCH10" for $10 off adult entry! For more information, go to: www.the5kzombierun.com