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2012 Zombie Survival Dash St Louis — 5K #3

October 28, 2012 18 Comments by admin

Yesterday I ran in the long-awaited Zombie Survival Dash in St Louis (Actually Robertsville… which is a long way from St Louis).

Chris Norman and Family at Zombie Surivival Dash 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…
Chris Norman Dodging Zombie at Zombie Survival Dash

Chris Norman Dodging Zombie at Zombie Survival Dash

Chris Norman and Sisters at Zombie Survival Dash

Me and the Sisters

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.

Chris Norman going over the obstacle and Zombie Survival Dash St Louis

Chris Norman Zombie Survival Dash

 

18 Comments

  1. Sarah Ruzicka
    5 years ago

    I ran the run for your live's race as well. Much more organized. Plus they had an area to change out of muddy clothes. Did have fun though dispite the many organizational issues.

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  2. Sarah Ruzicka
    5 years ago

    I ran the run for your live's race as well. Much more organized. Plus they had an area to change out of muddy clothes. Did have fun though dispite the many organizational issues.

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  3. Aaron Brazier
    5 years ago

    I ran run for your lives as well, way better and it was a blast doing it again next time. As for ZSD I saw zombies body slam a runner I saw a bunch of people face plant off the AFrame while the zombies under it were grabing at them. I had fun running but I expected a lot more obsticles. Yeah for the money it was terrible. On the site I see a lot of prople saying it was thier first race there's going to be a lot of mistakes, that's no excuse if you ask me. As a custer I don't want to pay for a bad product.

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  4. Jason Buxton
    5 years ago

    As a zombie in ZSD, I can tell you that if you wore a flag in front of your crotch, we'd grab it. Are you saying random zombies just grabbed at your junk, when there wasn't a flag there?

    That being said, I think folks are right to complain about the money. We spent $120 for running tickets, and then $30 for 'premium zombie' slots. I didn't see a lot of that money spent on anything but marketing. We saw a few snacks and cases of water in the zombie barn as we were getting ready – where the heck did those go? Certainly not to zombies, and apparently not to any of the (totally awesome, patient and talented) makeup crew.

    Everywhere you turned, as a runner or zombie, there were only ill-informed volunteers. Did anyone from ZSD actually show up at the race?

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    • Chris Norman
      5 years ago

      I totally agree with what you are saying… As do I agree that you had no choice if runners placed flags in the "wrong" spot. In a review I did I was referring to the two Zombies that physically held me down while another pulled my flags… As I screamed you know you are cheating right? It was rough for volunteers and runners alike.

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    • Chris Norman
      5 years ago

      I totally agree with what you are saying… As do I agree that you had no choice if runners placed flags in the "wrong" spot. In my review I was more so referring to the two Zombies that physically held me down while another pulled my flags… As I screamed you know you are cheating right? It was rough for volunteers and runners alike.

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    • John Stecher III
      5 years ago

      Chris Norman As a zombie If I saw things like that happening I'd get on the Z's to knock it off. I helped several runners back to their feet and would not take a flag if they fell. It's no fun for you or me that way. I also never took more than 1 flag at a time and usually I ran someone down to get it not just trapped them. If that happened I'd swipe at a flag but not take it. Just enough to scare the runner.I also agree with jason, you know good and well were grabbing for a flag so if you place it on your crotch or ladies on your butt's you take the chance that you're gonna get grabbed. No malicious intent just the flags mam.

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  5. Coreyy Moregan
    5 years ago

    I've shared your blog on the event page. They keep removing it and have now blocked me from commenting all together. Real professionals. I guess the truth hurts.

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    • Chris Norman
      5 years ago

      Thanks Coreyy! They are saying to message them now… I am not looking for anything but an apology! My wife and I talked this race up pretty heavy, and even asked people to take time off work to run it with us. Feeling pretty let down.

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    • Coreyy Moregan
      5 years ago

      As are we! I am a local but my brother and friends made about a 2.5 hr drive to make the race. Like you wrote, the people I ran with are the reason I had fun. The race itself was a joke. Directly after we were told by the worker at the starting line not to touch the zombies because they wouldn't touch us, my brother was physically slammed to the ground ten minutes into the race by a zombie volunteer. It was totally unprovoked and uncalled for. For the money spent for admission (and to park) I feel cheated and robbed. It was a major let down and I will not be recommending this race to anyone in the future if they continue to do it. We planned on spending the day there but ended up leaving about 20 minutes after our run ( we ran at 11) because there was nothing to do. This race was trash.

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    • John Stecher III
      5 years ago

      Not that i'm making excuses here, I'm just trying to shed some light. By mid day some of the Z's were getting roughed up pretty badly by the runners. I saw a girl get a full on uppercut in the face by a dude. She went down pretty hard. Another Z got full body spear tackled A guy held up a rock at my friend and then pick up a small log and held it up like he was going to hit me with it, He did not lucky for him. Alot of that was super uncalled for so I'm not surprised after a while that some Z's were literally out for blood. I'm not saying that's the right way to be but it's likely what happened. I'd really like to see this come together and be better next year. Hopefully they can do it and they haven't lost too many to recover.

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  6. Bmadisms.blogspot.com
    5 years ago

    I posted about this on my blog as well only because my "negative" but truthful posts were being deleted off ZSD's Facebook pages. Here is the link to my story… http://bmadisms.blogspot.com/2012/10/zombie-survival-disaster.html
    I hope you don't mind me posting a link to this page on my blog. If you do just let me know.

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  7. Bmadisms.blogspot.com
    5 years ago

    I also liked your page. It says I'm number 500… is there a prize? LOL

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  8. Janice Luke-Smith
    5 years ago

    I'm on the committee for the Ontario Women's Triathlon and I find your race report very interesting – definitely some food for thought for our event. Great job on your race, and I hope that you provide some of that feedback to the race committee so that they can learn from it. Great job on getting your sisters and wife to run with you!

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  9. Amanda Steingruby
    5 years ago

    Great post! You've covered just about all the complaints everyone else had… I could go on and on as well, but I feel I've voiced my opinion enough. The event was a huge disappointment. I thought the zombies were the only fun part, but I guess they took it fairly easy on me for the most part… I'm not an experienced runner. But I definitely understand the concerns of others.

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