Apocalypse Philippines: Run for your life-A A +A
Monday, October 28, 2013
ZOMBIES were unleashed and runners had to run as fast as they could to survive the race in a heart-pounding event that Kagay-anons probably would never forget.
K-O Production, in cooperation with SM mall, sponsored the event dubbed as “Apocalypse Philippines: Prepare to run for your life” held at Las Ramblas parking lot in SM CDO on October 26.
The starting point and finish line of the race was at Las Ramblas and from there, the runners took the route toward Xavier Heights, then Macapagal Drive and back to Las Ramblas.
“The zombies chase the runners and get the runners’ thread of life,” said Celine Marbella, an event co-organizer, on Saturday.
There were three waves. Runners were provided with two threads of life. The monsters would attempt to steal the threads. If stolen, a runner would be considered dead but still allowed to finish the race without any prizes.
There were 230 runners versus a huge wave of zombies scaring the life of them. Runners should survive the three waves in order to pass the race and declared as survivors. Every wave, the monster-chase got intensified. They became fiercer as if they were ready to engulf the runner’s life or worst, eat the brain.
“The event was a concept from Outbreak Manila where there were plenty of obstacle courses but we made a CDO version… and of course this is in line with the upcoming Halloween,” said Marbella.
According to her, it’s not all-evil or frightening stuff because the fun run was a nonprofit event initiated for Happy Souls, a foundation that aims to provide schools and other school-related aide for children in the far-flung areas especially in Barangay Dansolihon.
“There were also “side quest” where the organizers hid pumpkin bags and if runners found or get one, there were corresponding prizes. So, the more pumpkins the better… this is to compensate those who would not win the race,” Marbella added.
Prizes were pegged at P2,000, P1,000, and P500. First three runners received the cash prize and a gift certificate from SM as well as “I survive the apocalypse” shirt.
Meanwhile, Ann Concepcion accompanied her nephew Bro, a 12-year-old kid who joined the apocalypse run.
“My nephew really persuaded me to join because he likes zombies,” Ann said.
When Bro was asked, he said that it would be like a walking dead experience, a famous TV series where there is a zombie outbreak.
“I like the adrenaline rush,” said Bro timidly.
Two young couple, Ann and Louis also joined the event. They said that it was their way of having a quality time together.
“We don’t aim to win. We just want to have a fun and thrilling experience since this is a new concept of fun run,” Louis said.
Adamson Deloria, Jan Benedict Talian and Adrian Chang topped the 230 runners as the run ended.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 28, 2013.