Sunday February 3, 2013
Hundreds of living dead return to haunt and attack thrill-seekers at Zombie Run
By QISHIN TARIQ
PETALING JAYA: A “zombie outbreak” took over Bandar Utama here where hundreds of the living dead returned to haunt and attack thrill-seekers running for glory and prizes at Malaysia's first Zombie Run.
Some 1,000 runners and 150 volunteers dressed as ghoulish zombies gamely took part in the all-day event at Canyon Paintball Park in Bandar Utama.
Fashion student K. Sonyah, who was dressed as a Japanese Harajuku-girl zombie, said she helped plan the wardrobe for the zombies which included zombie brides, clown zombies and zombies wearing tudungs and sarees.
IT technician Ramon Fadli, 30, who led the winning team, said they joined the event to test themselves and see how they would fare in a “zombie apocalypse”.
“I'm a survivalist and always imagine how I'd get out of bad situations like getting lost in the forest, sinking boats and even a zombie attack,” he said.
The team named “Band of Brothers” - was made up of brothers Ramon, Omar Safwan, 26, Aidan Salman, 24, and their friend Andy Saiden, 29, and his brother Raimy Saiden, 23.
In Zombie Run, the participants' goal is to find five tokens within 45 minutes while being chased by “zombies”, who would try to “kill” the participants by pulling off a marker attached to the clothes.
The “Band of Brothers” set the record for the day by finding all five tokens in 14 minutes, without losing any of their members to zombies.
Organiser M. Charanpirabu, 24, said only 10 of the 200 teams managed to get a perfect score of five tokens and suffered no casualties although many crossed the finish line.
Advertising executive Shaii Ong, 24, said she was disappointed after she was “killed” within five minutes of the run.
“It was fun while it lasted. The zombies did look scary especially when they come screaming at you. I wish I had got a little further and saw more of them though,” she said.
Paintball enthusiast Victor William, 39, came dressed in military fatigues along with six of his friends as a thematic group of soldier zombies.
“Many participants actually stopped running to look at our outfit at which point we attacked them of course,” said Victor.
Winners took home prizes which included Nintendo video consoles, Apple products and hampers. Participant were also given a special edition T-shirt.