Photo Gallery: Humans dash for safety in Columbia Zombie Run

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Some people need that bit of extra motivation to really run hard. Saturday in Columbia’s Riverfront Park, it was provided by the walking dead (or at least fellow residents pretending to be).

Columbia's Riverfront Park walking trail becomes a path of the dead during Saturday's Zombie Run (photo by Allen Wallace).

Columbia’s Riverfront Park walking trail became a path of the dead during Saturday’s Zombie Run. (photo by Allen Wallace)

The Carolina Culture Zombie Run sent runners (humans) along a race course filled with obstacles to be crossed. The obstacles had a benefit, however: they were the only things that could hold back the zombies.

The humans had one job: survive. The task was accomplished by making it to the finish lines with flags (flag football style) still intact and not taken by the shambling horrors who were dressed to kill, wearing their best makeup and infesting the course.

Local vendors provided food and drinks, arts and crafts and, of course, “Walking Dead” comics — also known Saturday as survival guides — from local comic store Scratch n’ Spin. Local musicians also performed, and at least one set list included a cover of the Cranberries’ “Zombie.”

Three surviving humans — Steven McDaniel, Lacy Prejean, and Sophia Fansler — took home the day’s grand prizes: XBox One video game consoles.

Donations of canned food for Harvest Hope Food Bank and toys for Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital also collected at the event, with participants encouraged to donate.