2012 Zombie Survival Dash St Louis — 5K #3
Yesterday I ran in the long-awaited Zombie Survival Dash in St Louis (Actually Robertsville… which is a long way from St Louis).
Ran with my sisters and my beautiful wife Courtney, we have been signed up for this race for almost 6 months. I have been really excited about it and even ditched the opportunity to run in the “Run For Your Life” 5K in August because I had such high hopes for this race. I am not going to say I was completely disappointed about this race because of the people I ran with. It is always a fun time doing activities with my wife and sisters… and Zombie Fitness activities are even better! As most of you know I am always trying new businesses and entrepreneurial adventures and when I can’t do something in the best excellence possible it drives me up the wall. So I have to say, because of this races lack of professionalism and excellence, I am truly disappointed.
Pros About the Race:
- It is a fun family event!
- The National Guard was there with hummers in full evacuation mode… that was a blast. (super cool guys too!)
- The zombie volunteers seemed like genuinely fun people.
- I had a great time trail running in my Vibrams
- We met some cool people from the area.
- We got to drive our Chevy Tahoe to the event thanks to Keys to STL, GM, and CHEVY for allowing us the opportunity to drive a great vehicle!!!!
- I got the chance to get the Tahoe muddy and we had an easy time changing clothes after the race in the back seat.
Cons About the Race:
- Months before the race the Zombie Survival Dash went on a massive Facebook bombing spam campaign of worthless zombie information.
- NO emails concerning anything from Zombie Survival Dash… we walked into this in the dark and even had to call to verify our sign up!
- I wish I could show you a picture of the 1 foot by 1.5 foot sign to the entrance of the field… EVERYONE passed it.
- Had to pay $10 to park in a mud hole with no prior warning that this fee was going to be charged.
- Spent 30 minutes with a group of people (including the National Guard) trying to find the starting line.
- Spent a long time in line with the most unorganized registration team.(Zombie Survival Dash team… NOT the Big River Running team) Big River Running had the act together… and I found it very troubling that Zombie Survival Dash tried to place blame on their Facebook page.
- The Zombies in the race would corner you, tackle you, and I got my crotch grabbed by countless people.
- 1 mile of the race wasn’t even open….
- They thought it was a good idea to put zombies on the obstacles… ER anyone?
- There was NO water
- The after party looked like a joke…
- I couldn’t find anyone that was in charge…
It would be nice if they would just admit this was an epic fail… and say just say sorry. It really seemed like they just took our $70 registration and handed the race over to volunteers with no instructions. I really hate writing negative but people read blogs because they are looking for honesty… so here is the honest truth!
I am looking forward to doing more adventure races in the near future. I think perhaps the STL Color run and Warrior Dash may have set my excellence level to high for this race. I can not wait to run the Warrior Dash again and I really hope that I get the chance to run the Tough Mudder next year as well.