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The freaks come out…in the day — BooJum Hosts family friendly 5k Zombie Run at Temecula’s Galway Downs

Biohazard Backstory - Runners must get through biohazard to safezone at Boojum Fun Zombie Run (c) Crispin Courtenay

Biohazard Backstory – Runners must get through biohazard to safezone at Boojum Fun Zombie Run (c) Crispin Courtenay

Saturday, October 26, 2013 was a howling success at Galway Downs, with BooJum Institute’s Zombie Run in Temecula.

Runners prepare for race at Galway Downs Boojum Zombie Run 2013 (c) Crispin Courtenay

Runners prepare for race at Galway Downs Boojum Zombie Run 2013 (c) Crispin Courtenay

BooJum Institute, who poses the question, “How can children save our environment if they’v e never truly experienced it?” thrust entrants into a Walking Dead style world.

And they're off Boojum Zombie Run 2013 (c) Crispin Courtenay

And they’re off Boojum Zombie Run 2013 (c) Crispin Courtenay

For these runners, a chance to get out on a sunny afternoon, and experience the Temecula environment close to Halloween than a family fun run at one of the most loved outdoor arenas in Southwest Riverside county. Keep your flag, stay human. About that simple.

Human runner at Zombie Boojum Run Temecula  (c) Crispin Courtenay

Human runner at Zombie Boojum Run Temecula (c) Crispin Courtenay

Runners signed up for an adventure 5k fun run, to race through zombie infested trails, and escape with flags intact to maintain their “humanity.”

Sweat Cardio Zombies up in Temecula's Boojum Zombie Fun Run (c) Crispin Courtenay

Sweat Cardio Zombies up in Temecula’s Boojum Zombie Fun Run (c) Crispin Courtenay

Sponsored by Sunpro Solar, Rock Fitness, RKR Marketing, 101.3 The Mix, Timmy D. Productions, Soboba Foundation, and Union Bank, crowds gathered early to be made up into zombie attackers, or wait for the starting gun to race to freedom and safety of the quarantine zone.

Biohazard Zombie victim at Boojum Zombie Fun Run Temecula (c) Crispin Courtenay

Biohazard Zombie victim at Boojum Zombie Fun Run Temecula (c) Crispin Courtenay

Getting zombies to the holding area on time (c) Crispin Courtenay

Getting zombies to the holding area on time (c) Crispin Courtenay

Zombie Bride ready for the chase (c) Crispin Courtenay

Zombie Bride ready for the chase (c) Crispin Courtenay

Professional Zombie Makeup made walking dead style zombies come to life (c) Crispin Courtenay

Professional Zombie Makeup made walking dead style zombies come to life (c) Crispin Courtenay

Zombie Runner at Boojum Zombie Fun run - in Temecula (c) Crispin Courtenay

Zombie Runner at Boojum Zombie Fun run – in Temecula (c) Crispin Courtenay

Zombie Runner up close with professional makeup in Temecula (c) Crispin Courtenay

Zombie Runner up close with professional makeup in Temecula (c) Crispin Courtenay

The race was a mad dash for the end games, where waiting were the pumpkin patch, face painting, and other family fun activities at the kids zone.

Runners escape zombies at Boojum Zombie Fun Run Temecula (c) Crispin Courtenay

Runners escape zombies at Boojum Zombie Fun Run Temecula (c) Crispin Courtenay

Zombie bride grabs her victim at Boojum Zombie Fun Run in Temecula (c) Crispin Courtenay

Zombie bride grabs her victim at Boojum Zombie Fun Run in Temecula (c) Crispin Courtenay

Zombies on the chase at Boojum Fun Run in Temecula (c) Crispin Courtenay

Zombies on the chase at Boojum Fun Run in Temecula (c) Crispin Courtenay

Of course, they had to make it past the hall of zombies to do it. If they dared.

Runners must make it through the hall of zombies to maintain humanity at Boojum Zombie Run (c) Crispin Courtenay

Runners must make it through the hall of zombies to maintain humanity at Boojum Zombie Run (c) Crispin Courtenay

Adults were welcome at the beer garden, had photo opps with the resident zombie ghouls, and stayed to enjoy ParaNorman on a giant outdoor movie screen to round out the day. All in all, a spooky day of fun for all at Galway Downs in Temecula.

Event staff watching zombies making sure all behave in family friendly event in Temecula (c) Crispin Courtenay

Event staff watching zombies making sure all behave in family friendly event in Temecula (c) Crispin Courtenay

For more information about the profound Boojum experience, personal and group challenges, and how students can learn about themselves, each other, and what it takes to work together, visit: http://www.boojum.org/

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About Ashley Ludwig

Ashley Ludwig is an Editor for Patch News, Orange County and Los Angeles. She is also an inspirational romantic suspense author.

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