Night of the Living Dawg - Zombie Run 5k

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Night of the Living Dawg Zombie 5k

Weather Update:

We are still having the Zombie5K tomorrow rain or shine except if there is lightning. Please check the RSS Facebook page at for weather related announcements.

Saturday, October 26, 2019


Can you survive the zombie outbreak that has happened on Southern Illinois University Carbondale campus? Runners will be given a belt with detachable flags (e.g. football flags) at the beginning of the race and will have to navigate the course attempting to not lose your flags to the hungry zombies. Look for signs and Good Samaritans along the way to help you find your way to the finish line.


Proceeds from this event will benefit the Saluki Strength Breast Cancer Scholarship.

**Runners/Walkers can sign up online or mail in their registration paperwork.

If registering online and not a current member or affiliated with SIU, an account must be created with This is to protect your credit card information.

Individual Runner/Walker on-line Registration

Download Registration Form

Mail To:
SIUC Rec. Center
c/o Savanna Ashbaugh
300 E. Grand Ave.
Carbondale, IL 62901


As a zombie it is your responsibility to make sure that the zombie population grows! Each human runner will be given a belt with detachable flags (e.g. flag football flags) that you will have to pull in order to grow the zombie population. Zombies will be asked to be slow moving, non-contact other than pulling the runners’ flags, and follow the guidelines of the “zombie zones”.  Individuals who want to participate as zombies are encouraged to wear their scariest costumes and most terrifying makeup. Are you up to the challenge?

Good Samaritans (Volunteers)

Want to be a part of the fun and help save the human race? As a Good Samaritan you will be responsible to help the human runners navigate their way through the race and make sure that the zombies stay in their zones. Come dressed for the weather and help save the humans! We will hold a small Good Samaritan meeting to help you understand the safe zones and make sure the runners do not get lost. 

Zombie and Good Samaritan Registration

PRICING: Drop Dead Rate - $20

Starting October 15, the registration price for the Zombie 5K race is now a drop dead price of $20. This price does not include a swag bag or t-shirt. T-shirts are sold separately at $10 per shirt while supplies last.


Day-of Schedule of Events

Zombie Makeup:  9 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

We highly encourage zombies to come dressed in their best zombie outfits and most horrifying zombie makeup.

From 9am - 3:15pm the Rec Center will be offering an opportunity to get their make-up done for free before the race. These are walk in hours, first come first serve. Come get your makeup done before the start of Carbondale Halloween activities.

Water and light snacks will be provided during the walk in hours for the zombies.

Zombie Volunteers Check-In:  3 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

After check in there will be a small zombie meeting in Alumni Lounge 3:20 - 3:30pm

All age groups are welcome to participate as zombies.

Children 6 years of age and under will be required to be with a guardian at all times.

Children 7-17 years of age will be required to check into the event with a guardian present.

All zombies will be required to sign a waiver prior to the start of the event. Guardians will be required to sign for children under the age of 18.

Good Samaritans Check-In:  3 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Please check in at volunteer desk.

After check in there will be a small volunteer meeting in Pool Lounge 1 3:20 - 3:30pm

Runner Check-In / Registration:  3 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. (Arrival Time)

Please check in at registration table.

Race Start Time:  4:30 p.m.

Kid's Dash:  ~5:50 p.m.

Kids’ Dash will take place directly after the Zombie 5k run, before the awards ceremony

No registration required

To be a part of the Kids’ Dash, stand near the finish line and listen for the announcement for the start of the kids’ dash