SDCC ’13 Leftovers: Surviving ‘The Walking Dead Escape’

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I had the pleasure of attending “The Walking Dead Escape” this year at San Diego Comic-con. Now, I really had no idea what I was in store for. I’m pretty over weight and I can honestly say I’ve never worked out a day in my life. So, if there were ever be a zombie outbreak, I’m pretty much done for. Anyways, when I showed up they mentioned there’d be at least a four mile run on top of crazy obstacle course. Regardless of my unfitness I was determined to finish the course and to not be in last place, which surprisingly I did a lot better than I thought I would.

The whole goal, as stated in the motto is to, “Stay Alert. Stay Ahead. Stay Alive.” So, basically get to point A to B without getting touched by the infected. It’s pretty intense. Check out a video below and photos after the jump:

3 Ways To Participate
Survivor: Navigate through Zombie infected Evacuation Zone.
Walker: Embrace the inevitable and become one of the undead.
Spectator: Watch the Apocalypse from the sidelines and have access to the Escape Party.
Course Information
The average time of completion is 35-45 minutes.
The Walking Dead Escape is not a race. No one is timed, and you are not required to run, but the slow usually die for a reason.
Be prepared to climb, crawl, and slide.
Depending on the encountered Walker, you may need to move briskly or lightly jog in an effort to avoid infection.
No one will be disqualified if they cannot complete an obstacle.
The course has been specifically designed for participants with a wide range of abilities. Each obstacle is created to include an “easier route” for participants with limited physical abilities.
The Evacuation Route will feature multiple obstacles such as cargo nets and barricades.
There are water stations on course.
General Participant Rules
All Walkers and Survivors under the age of 18 require a parent or guardian present to sign a waiver form on race day. Should participants under 16 not have a form of photo ID, Parent/Guardian photo ID will be accepted.
Registered Survivors, Walkers & Heroes are allowed access to the Spectator area before and after their waves/shifts.
Walker tickets are available through online registration only. Walk-up purchases of Walker tickets will not be available on the day of the event.
On the day of the event, Survivors, Walkers and Spectators are expected to provide photo ID only. There are no hard tickets or confirmation printouts necessary. Spectator children under 16 who have purchased a ticket and do not have a photo ID will need to be accompanied by an adult.
All participants are expected to be respectful, safe, and courteous on and off the course. The course was designed to create a fun experience; common sense applies.
Absolutely no weapons allowed (real or otherwise).
Costumes are allowed.
Sensible footwear applies – close-toed shoes/sneakers strongly suggested.
No handheld devices (cameras, video cameras, water bottles, etc.) are allowed on the course.
Go-pro cams are allowed.
All registrations are final with no refunds.
All decisions by officials are final and binding.
Any Participant who does not comply with the aforementioned rules will be banned from participation.

Survivor Rules

Survivors are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes prior to their wave times in order to register.

The goal of the Survivor is to make it to the Evacuation Zone without any contact with Walkers as the Government believes infection can be spread by touch.

We ask that Survivors do not “fight back” should you come in contact with a Walker. There is no point – you’re doomed anyways.
Government Scientists will be waiting at the Evacuation Zone to perform a highly confidential scan to determine whether or not participants have been infected by the virus.
If you come in contact with a Walker during the course, you will still be able to complete the course in its entirety.
You must start with your registered Evacuation wave time in order to participate.
Survivors must be 14 years of age on the date of the event to participate – no exceptions.
Any Participant who does not comply with the aforementioned rules will be banned from participation.




Chuckie is blogger for fine sites such as Geek News Network and Comic Book Therapy. Burrito enthusiast would be the best way to describe him. Follow Chuckie on twitter, @dweebofthedead.


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