The theme run scene in Singapore has officially become legit.

Run For Your Lives (the original zombie 5k run popularised in the United States) made its Asia debut in Singapore on January 11 with a challenging route that saw the Marina Bay waterfront transformed into a meat fest with more than 15 obstacle and zombie zones out to trap participants who came ready to conquer the much-hyped course.

From a Red Bull blood pit to an under-net crawl, more than 10,000 participants took part in the run either as survivors trying to run the course or zombies trying to stop survivors at all costs.

Action X COO Timothy Tan is heartened at the strong support the event has received. He said Singapore was the first stop in RFYL’s Asian tour due to the strong race culture here and the growing appetite for themed runs, after events such as the illumi run and The Color Run last year.

“This event is the perfect fit for Singapore. Themed races are a rarity and we hope to contribute to the scene here. This is targeted more towards regular folks and is more for encouragement and bonding, rather than your average marathon,” said Mr Tan to Popspoken at the event.

The first leg saw a three-zone zombie fest intended to wipe out survivors early on with their flags. Each participant had three flags tied onto their belt; if they finished with at least one flag left, they would be awarded with the Survivor medal instead of the Infected medal.

After the first leg out of the Padang, it was a trek down to the Fullerton Bay to tackle more zombies, crawl under a net and jump over a hip-high wall. The Promontory area was rife with zombies as may had all their flags completely wiped out here.

The true test came in a construction zone before the Marina Bay Sands area, that truly looked like the off-road RFYL courses overseas. Rainwater did not dampen survivors as they trudged through muddy waters to conquer the blood pit and the smoke house with strobe lights. Unfortunately, injuries caused the blood pit and the rubber tyre obstacle after the Marina Bay floating platform to close intermittently.

At the end of the course, a wave of zombies provided the final push before survivors braced through an under-net crawl to emerge victors. DJ Nicole Chen ended off the day with a sunset dance fest that went well into the night.

RFYL will continue its Asian tour in Taipei (March 29, 2014), Kao-shiung (May 17, 2014) and Malaysia (July 2014). It will return to Singapore in October this year, just in time for the Halloween season. Organisers plan to have RFYL be held in Singapore every October to coincide with Halloween festivities.

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