This Saturday, downtown Opelika will be overrun by zombies and humans. Red Clay Brewing Company will be hosting a Zombie Beer Run on Oct. 15 to raise money for Central Alabama Mountain Pedalers, C.A.M.P.
Participants will meet at Red Clay on Saturday morning and will run the mile-long trail through downtown.
Humans, who are wearing red flags, enter Red Clay in groups of 20. After having a beer at the bar, they run out the back door of the bar towards Niffer’s. Zombies are then brought into bar to have a drink in groups of 20 and then run out the back chasing the humans.
Zombies will be chasing humans all over the downtown area. After leaving Red Clay, humans and zombies will run to Niffer’s, James Bros. Bikes, Cafe 123, Zazu and then back to the bar.
Along the route there will be several weapon caches for humans to use to defend themselves from the zombies. There will be buckets full of water balloons humans can use to throw at zombies said Kerry McGinnis, owner and founder of Red Clay.
When a human hits a zombie, they die. The zombie has to freeze where they are for a few seconds before resuming the chase. As humans are being chased by zombies they are trying to protect their red flag. If a zombie grabs a human’s flag the human is now a zombie.
The zombie at the end with the most flags and the humans with the best time are the winners.
Tickets are available online for $25 and will be available the morning of the race for $30.
“Participants sign up to be either a zombie or a human,” said McGinnis.
With the purchase of their ticket, humans and zombies will receive a T-shirt, beer before the race and food catered by Niffer’s.
“The more people who sign up online the better,” said McGinnis. “It helps us be more organized.”
Money from the event will be donated to C.A.M.P., a non-profit organization that builds multi-purpose trails in Auburn and Opelika.
“We love that organization,” said McGinnis.
C.A.M.P receives most of its funds through grants and is told how to spend the money.
The money they receive from Red Clay and the beer run, can be used how they see fit.
“We hope to have a wonderful time and raise a lot of money for C.A.M.P,” said McGinnis.