Jack & Eugene’s World Tour Begins 29th April!

We hope you’re ready, Runner 5: Jack & Eugene’s World Tour is three times bigger than our normal virtual races, and their epic journey to Abel Township is starting Thursday 29th April! Here’s the full lineup for Part 1:

AMBIENT MODE 1 📻
An experimental new prelude…
29 April

TRAINING MISSION 1 👟
6 May

TRAINING MISSION 2 👟
13 May

5K + 10K RACE 🏁
20 May

You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. And you’ll run!

All VIP members will get instant access to Jack & Eugene’s World Tour as soon as it’s out, along with all 11 past virtual races.

Upgrade to VIP today by tapping More > Membership in the app, or buy a gift code online from just $49.99!

A Special Message from Jack and Eugene

Postcard front of Jack and Eugene watching a sunset, with "Hello from Alderney!"
Postcard back (see below for writing)

Hello from beautiful Alderney, Runner Five! How are you doing? I really hope this care package has arrived in one piece, and that it didn’t take too long to get to you. Never thought I’d have so much nostalgia for the post, of all things! 

Gene and I are doing really well at the moment – we’ve finally got our space set up just the way we like, and it feels really good to be a bit more settled, even if it is weird having so much room to ourselves. Even though it was cramped and the generator was always half a second away from dying or catching fire, I have to admit, I think I’m always going to miss our studio at Abel. It was home for such a long time, you know?

Speaking of, we actually found one of your old mix tapes you made for Radio Abel back in the day, and I have to say, you’ve got some absolute bangers on here! It’s been really nice relistening to it and thinking of you guys.

I hope you’re doing well and staying safe, Five. Make sure Janine doesn’t work you too hard, yeah? We miss you.

Love, 

Jack and Eugene

Coming Up Leon

A story of love, friendship and a coming out party that almost didn’t happen. Ahead of the release of our latest New Adventure – Coming Up Leon – writer Yves Donlon discusses the process of coming out and why the family you choose is so important to the queer community.

Coming Up Leon will be released on Wednesday 31st March 2021. To play, get Zombies, Run! for free on iPhone and Android.

Hello! I’m Yves, the writer of Coming Up Leon, a brand new adventure from Six to Start. I’m so excited for players to experience this story!

Coming Up Leon is about coming out, which can sometimes be a difficult endeavour. Not everyone gets parties and balloons—which is one of the reasons I wanted to write about someone who does. I wanted this adventure to be comforting, especially for those in my community who’ve had the most difficult of coming-out experiences, and while there are some elements of queer struggle in Coming Up Leon, it’s mostly a story about queer joy.

In Coming Up Leon, you’ll join a group of LGBTQ+ folks in central London whose friend Leon has gone missing—just in time to (potentially) ruin his own coming-out party! Enter: you. Your job is to track Leon down and make sure nothing gets in the way of arranging the perfect surprise.

Leon’s coming-out party is his chance to celebrate that he recently told his parents that he is transgender. A celebration like this can be an opportunity to commemorate not only one major time when you told family or friends about your identity, but to celebrate every coming-out moment you’ve been through, no matter how big or small. Maybe this adventure will inspire you to throw your own coming-out party, for you or a friend—or to give yourself a gift to celebrate all those coming-out moments so many of us experience every day

While you search for Leon, you’re going to be working pretty closely with his friends. You’ll get to know Momo and Ryan, Leon’s flatmates and the chief organizers of this coming-out extravaganza. Together they’ll guide you through this adventure—and they promise to keep the bickering to a minimum (we’ll see how that goes). Then there’s Anthony,Leon’s very sweet long-distance boyfriend who might have made a mistake with his present—he’ll make no friends on the afternoon train with that unwieldy gift clattering around. And it’s no surprise they’d all do anything to give Leon the perfect day—he’s a sensitive guy witha penchant for poetry and a heart of gold. If only he was where he’s supposed to be!

And then there’s… you! The Runner in this adventure is the one who ties everything together. No matter how you identify, you’re welcome to become a part of this little group. After all, at its heart, this is really a story about the family we choose. These friends are pretty tight-knit, I think they’ll be happy to let you become a part of their story..

I’m so excited that this adventure will be coming to you on Transgender Day of Visibility. It’s a day Leon and his friends would be sure to celebrate, and I hope you can join them in applauding the trans community and hoping for safety, comfort, and support for all.


Coming Up Leon will be released on Wednesday 31st March 2021. To play, get Zombies, Run! for free on iPhone and Android.

Join Jack & Eugene’s World Tour!

Join your favourite radio hosts, Jack & Eugene, on their epic journey to Abel Township. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll run! 9 missions. 3 races. 1 glorious adventure.

That’s right: Jack & Eugene’s World Tour is three times bigger than any of our previous virtual races, and will run throughout 2021! (and it won’t even be the only virtual race we run this year – but that’s a story for another time…)

The race is available to all VIP members, and if you haven’t signed up yet (or you want to treat your friends!), check out our new twin-pack and 6-month VIP membership gift options! You can also sign up to VIP in your app by tapping More > Membership.

Grab the J+E Pack…

Jack & Eugene's World Tour reversible medal, affirmation cards, ticket stub, four button badges, flyer, and temporary tattoos

Since this is our biggest race, it was only fitting that we make our biggest souvenir pack ever

Whether you’re a first time caller or a long time listener to Radio Abel, you’ll love the gorgeous double-sided medal, all-new Affirmation Cards, temporary tattoo sheet (with shippo!), button badges, running bib, and so much more!

Sure, it might seem a bit odd for the boys to be assembling these, but self-care’s an essential part of survival, even during a zombie apocalypse…

…And Get the Gear!

Jack and Eugene's World Tour shortsleeve shirt front and back, mug, and unicorn tote

Tell the world you’re definitely not a zombie with our fantastic tech shirts and tank-tops! Decorated with Jack and Eugene’s trademark ‘Radio Abel’ flair, you’ll be met with open arms by their fans and friends during your runs across the country.

And don’t miss our tote bag for all the tour merch you’ll collect, plus a mug for that early morning or late night Radio Abel listening!

New Ways to Buy and Gift VIP

Illustration of 6 Months VIP twin pack card

Sign up or give the gift of VIP starting from just $49.99 – now available in twin packs and 6 month durations! It’s the best way to bring your crew on Jack & Eugene’s World Tour and show them what they’ve been missing with our 11 other virtual races!

Introducing Home Workout Mode

Earlier this year we launched The Home Front, our free series of home bodyweight workouts for everyone around the world in lockdown. These workouts have been played hundreds of thousands of times and we’re incredibly proud of what we accomplished by repurposing the app’s “run engine” for new kinds of storytelling and exercises.

But we wanted to do even better – so with our 9.2 update, we’re introducing a brand new dedicated Home Workout mode!

Home Workout Mode preview

Home Workout mode lets you view all the exercises you’ll be performing, with clear step-by-step instructions and gorgeous illustrations by our artist, Kascha Sweeney. And these instructions aren’t just visible before you begin, but also during your workout!

Step Up exercise instructions during Jody’s Lock-in workout

Adding these instructions directly in the app gives us much more flexibility for future storytelling. In The Home Front, our characters had to give you exercise instructions out loud – this worked for Ministry broadcasts that told you how to work out indoors, but it wouldn’t work for different kinds of stories where there’s less reason for people to tell you how to exactly do a wall sit or mountain climbers!

So yes, that means we will be using Home Workout mode beyond the epic 35-part Home Front story. Stay tuned…!

A Year of New Adventures

Between releasing the Home Front Home Workouts, and our tenth Virtual Race, it’s hard to believe that our first round of New Adventures submissions only took place a year ago and we’re in the process of recording the last of them! We’ve come a long way since then and are currently working our way through our second round of submissions to find our next set of exciting stories.

With that underway, we are taking a look at the New Adventures that we’ve released over the last year!

Between the Lines

A two-headed figure, with a hypnotic background
Between the Lines by Tom Crowley

A man with mysterious motives, a long abandoned house and a secret that bled into the ground itself. Put your headphones in and enjoy this thrilling audiobook ‘Never Alone’! But there may be more than meets the ear in this deadly tale, by Tom Crowley (Wooden Overcoats podcast).

Genre: Mystery, horror

Length: 1 Episode

A Study in Ichor

Two figures in Victorian clothing
A Study in Ichor by the Zombies, Run! team

A stolen watch, a fleet-footed thief, and the project to build London’s underground railway lead to the discovery of a darker secret lurking in the city’s underbelly. You’d better keep your wits about you in this New Adventure from the Zombies, Run! team.

Genre: Horror, adventure

Length: 5 Episodes

Nellie Bly

A woman standing in front of an old fashioned map
Nellie Bly by Jessica Wright Buha

Join crusading journalist Nellie Bly as she races to travel around the world in under 80 days. This five-part series by Jessica Wright Buha (Unwell podcast) will take you on a whistle stop tour of the globe in the late 1800s, as Nellie sets off from New York in an attempt to beat the time of Jules Verne’s famous novel. 

Genre: Historical adventure

Length: 5 Episodes

Wreck Runner

Three figures in space suits running across the outside of a space station
Wreck Runner by Mur Lafferty and Alasdair Stuart

Welcome to SolFleet! As a member of a salvage crew, you explore the remains of spaceships, recover abandoned supplies, information, and sometimes people. But when a ship missing for a decade emerges from hiding, you might have bigger problems than meeting your salvage quota in this New Adventure from Mur Lafferty (EscapePod, Ditch Diggers, Six Wakes), and Alasdair Stuart (Escape Artists podcast).

Genre: Sci-fi, adventure

Length: 3 Episodes

Volcano Race

A graphic of a volcanic eruption
Volcano Race by Alex Acks

As a technical intern working to gather data on Mt. Archie, you expected the work to be hard – you didn’t expect it to be life threatening. When you pick up abnormal readings from the mountain, it’s clear that an eruption is imminent, and you’re in the blast radius, in this two-part New Adventure by Alex Acks (Superhero Workout, Hunger Makes the Wolf).

Genre: Action, science

Length: 2 Episodes (1 training mission + 10K race)

Dinosaur Dash

A graphic of a T-rex in a forest
Dinosaur Dash by Andrea Phillips

A top secret research outpost beneath the ice has made an amazing discovery – living dinosaurs! But some of the research team have gone missing, and there’s evidence of sabotage. You’ll need to move quickly to save your people before the dinos get them, in this thrilling race from Andrea Phillips (The Walk, America Inc.)

Genre: Action, adventure

Length: 3 episodes (2 training missions +5K/10K race)

Little Red

A young girl in a red cloak walking through a forest. A wolf prowls behind her.
Little Red by Corvyn Appleby

Dare you go into the woods at night? You’re a mercenary hired to protect one small girl visiting a relative, but there’s a monster on the loose, and grandmother’s house is so very far away. You’d better move quickly, because there are worse things than wolves waiting in the dark, in this creepy tale by Corvyn Appleby.

Genre: Horror, dark fantasy

Length: 1 Episode

Venus Rising

A graphic of a city in the clouds of Venus
Venus Rising by Elliott Gresswell

Pandora Haze’s Venus colony is a marvel of engineering. But something has gone very wrong. With the colony out of contact for weeks, you are sent in as the rescue squad. Will you find the survivors there? Or is there something much worse waiting for you?

Genre: Sci-fi Horror

Length: 5 Episodes

Run Olympus Mons

A figure in a spacesuit running across Mars
Run Olympus Mons

Put on your space suit and travel across the surface as Mars as you climb the tallest mountain in the solar system – Olympus Mons. With your guide, scale cliffs and cross craters as you learn about the history and science of the red planet.

Genre: Non-fiction

Length: 1 Episode

Rule Britannia

A roman style helmet and armour
Rule Britannia by the Zombies, Run! team

A letter from the Roman Emperor could lead to peace between your camp, and the Pictish forces you’re at war with. But there’s a dark plan afoot, and worse things than enemy warriors in the world. Travel back to Roman Britain and encounter some familiar faces in this New Adventure from the Zombies, Run! team.

Genre: Action-adventure

Length: 5 Episodes

Grand Canyon

Photograph of the Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon by Alex Acks

Created over the course of millions of years, the Grand Canyon is one of the wonders of the natural world. In this 5k or 10k mission by Alex Acks (Superhero Workout, Hunger Makes the Wolf), journey along the full 446km length of the Grand Canyon to explore its fascinating cultural and geological history.

Genre: Non-fiction

Length: 2 Episodes (1 Training mission + 5K/10K race)

Matchmaker

Two women standing back to back, against a background of flowers
Matchmaker by Emily Short

You have reached Silver Bells Matchmaking! For a consultation, press 1. 

Can a matchmaking service using all the latest tech really find a perfect match? Antonia and Laura definitely think so, and have agreed to record a ringing endorsement for the company. But is wedded bliss truly on the horizon for the couple? Mistakes, missed connections, and meddling relatives, stand in the way of happiness in this romantic comedy by Emily Short (BBC Game Over, Sunless Sea).

Genre: Romantic comedy

Length: 1 Episode

Home Run

A figure playing baseball and surrounded by tentacles

In conjunction with Internet League Blaseball, we present to you this special broadcast! Become Blaseball star Pendleton Hampers as you take on the pitcher’s mound and the horrors that lie beyond. Run the bases as if your life depended on it!

Genre: Blaseball, weird

Length: 1 Episode

Lewis and Clark

Several people in old fashioned clothing. One is holding a map.
Lewis and Clark, by Alex Acks

Join your ChronoRun time travel companion as you embark on a journey across North America and learn about the trials and tribulation of Lewis and Clark’s expedition to the Pacific in this 2-part New Adventure by Alex Acks (Superhero Workout, Hunger Makes the Wolf).

Genre: Historical non-fiction

Length: 2 Episodes (1 Training Mission + 10K race)

Track the Ripper

A man in an old fashioned police uniform running
Track the Ripper by Lulu Khadim

Team up with Detective Marsh and Sergeant Swift to catch Jack the Ripper before the next attack!

Genre: Historical drama

Length: 1 Episode

Journey to the Centre of the Eye

A graphic with neon purple and the words Fight for Sight
Journey to the Centre of the Eye in association with Fight for Sight

Shrink down to the size of a photon, and explore the inner workings of your eye and how every part works together to allow you to see!

Genre: Non-fiction

Length: 1 Episode (10K race)

Run the Solar System

A picture of the Milky Way
Run the Solar System with the British Science Association

From the heat of the sun, to the outermost icy planets, explore the breadth of our solar system. The race chronicles a journey from the Sun to Neptune, with a bonus astronaut training mission to prepare you for space!

Genre: Non-fiction

Length: 2 Episodes (1 Training Mission + 10K race)

Run with the Ancestors

A bare footprint on a brown background
Run with the Ancestors with the British Science Association

Travel back in time one million years to explore the earliest days of humans in Britain. Explore a landscape dominated by mammoths and sabre-toothed cats, and learn about the changing fortunes of the people who first set foot on this land.

Genre: Non-fiction

Length: 1 Episode (5K or 10K race)

Run to the Deep

A stylised graphic of an Octopus against a deep sea background
Run to the Deep with the British Science Association

Explore the ocean, from the surface to depths of the abyss! Accompanied by explorer Pierre-Yves Cousteau, discover amazing seascapes and alien environments, and the creatures that live beneath the waves.

Genre: Non-fiction

Length: 1 Epsiode

Season 9 Part 1 is coming next year!

We’ve got great news: we’ll be releasing the first 15 missions from Season 9 in Spring 2021!

Earlier this year, we decided to delay the release because it wasn’t safe for us to record in person and we weren’t satisfied that we could reach the high audio quality you deserve by recording remotely.

Since then, we’ve levelled up our remote recording capabilities through our work on the Home Front and New Adventures. Most of those scripts were designed for remote recording, with fewer actors per scene, but over time, our Head of Production Matt Wieteska and Sound Designer Mark Pittam have pushed the limits of what we can do, with the 5-episode, 27-actor Nellie Bly a fantastic demonstration of how far we’ve come.

Remote recording is still more time-consuming and expensive for Zombies, Run!, however – that’s why we’re starting with just the first 15 missions of Season 9. But we’re as eager as you are to continue the Abel Township saga and find out what’s next for Runner 5, so we’ll aim to do as much as we can as circumstances permit.

Keep your headset tuned and stay safe out there, Five, because Season 9 is on the horizon!

Our Big Holiday Sale is Here!

Our big Holiday Sale has arrived! You can get 10% off everything in our official store, including amazing new merch and even deeper discounts, but first…

We’ve launched our first-ever gift VIP subscription, and to celebrate, we’re taking $10 off the normal price until November 27th! 🎉

VIP comes with unlimited access to hundreds of thrilling missions, workouts, and 11 virtual races across Zombies, Run!, ZR 5K Training, and The Walk. It’s the perfect present for any budding Runner 5!

10% Off All Merch! 👕

Looking for your next running outfit, or just keen to complete your Abel Township lifestyle? We’re offering 10% off everything in our official store – just use code HOLIDAY2020 at checkout!

This code is valid until Friday November 12, so move fast!

NEW: Sam Yao is My Operator! 🎧

Who could ask for a more loyal, funny, brave, and hopeful operator than Sam Yao? Give him a shout-out every time you leave the house with our new shirts, tote, and mug designed by artist Leslie Strock!

NEW: I Am Runner Five 🔥

Show your colours and declare to the world: I Am Runner Five! Back by popular demand, these shirts are a new Blendtech fabric that dries faster and wicks sweat better than normal cotton.

We’ve heard you – you want Runner Five masks. Grab our dual-layer mask with space for an optional filter today!

Even More Discounts! 🎁

There’s more?! Yes: we’re offering $10 off Train to Oban and Escape from Runaway Fairground virtual race shirts, plus $5 off Runner Five socks

Only limited quantities are available, so move fast if you don’t want to miss out!

The Most Wonderful Time of Year!

As professional zombie wranglers, it’s easy to pick out a favourite day of the year. Halloween of course (and also World Zombie Day on October 10th but that involves less chocolate and sweets)! The time of year when all the ghosts and ghouls rise from the grave, and we unleash the zombie hordes into the world for a night of doing the Monster Mash and dancing to Thriller.

But there’s worse than the rotting undead abroad! With Halloween just around the corner, we thought we’d take a look at some of the spookier goings on at Abel Township!

Warning! Spoilers Ahead!

A warning sign saying Spoilers Ahead

An obvious choice perhaps, but this trio of Halloween themed missions are just what you need as the nights draw in.

Season 2 Halloween Missions

In Living Dead Girl, you help Jack and Eugene track down a lost artefact – the final record of a singer who died before it was released, and whose voice can be heard on a track she never recorded. Is this just an urban legend from the music world? Or is the record truly more than it seems?

In Horseplay, you head out for vital Halloween supplies for the festivities. But it’s dark outside, and there’s something on your trail. Is the creature following you just a figment of your imagination? Or are tales of the headless horseman real?

Three figures with arms outstretched

In Wai Chu Xiao Xin you join Sam on a trip to Chinatown to find supplies for a special meal, and to reminisce about his upbringing and the folklore of his childhood. Chinatown has been quiet for months, but is there something worse than zombies lying in wait?

SOS and You’re Rocking the Boat (Season 2 Missions 13+14)

A mysterious distress call summons Runner 5 to a wrecked cruise ship. The inhabitants had been trying to sit out the apocalypse at sea, but now they’re overwhelmed by zombies. As you venture into the heart of the vessel, the questions just keep coming. How did the ship know about you, and is there something worse than zombies lurking in the belly of the boat?

Ghost Town (Season 2 Mission 28)

There’s a thriving settlement gone dark on Rofflenet, and you’re sent to investigate with no idea of what you’ll find once you venture past the gates. Technical troubles? Zombies? Or has something more sinister taken its toll?

Old World (Season 3 Mission 36)

Liddlestone St. Crispin was never meant to be more than a tourist attraction – but the replica medieval walls definitely proved their worth when it came to the zombie apocalypse. But the residents want to burn it down, destroying vital information. It’s up to you, Exorcist Five, to get rid of the ghost haunting the town and find the information you need to save Abel!

History Repeating and Church of the Poison Mind (Season 4 Missions 13+14)

Follow the path of an ancient Edda on the trail of the origin of the zombie plague! From a sunken Viking village, to mysterious standing stones, to caverns hidden beneath the earth, will you find the knowledge that you seek? Or will the dead claim you at last?

Between the Lines (A New Adventure)

A person wearing headphones, with another person silhouetted in black behind them

Take a gentle run through the park with an Active Listen audiobook! In ‘Never Alone’, a stranger arrives in town with motives that are far from pure. But is the story hitting closer to home than you realised?

The first of our comissioned New Adventures, Between the Lines is a story that’s sure to send shivers down your spine this Halloween!

Zombies, Don’t Run!

Believe it or not, but a lot of our players don’t always run with Zombies, Run! Our game is designed for running, jogging, and walking outside and on treadmills, and we have new modes like The Home Front tailor-made for bodyweight fitness (with a dedicated Home Workout mode coming soon!), but we often get asked if you can play our hundreds of running missions without running.

And the answer is: Yes!

Thanks to our Simulate Running mode (previously called Constant Pace), you can set up a simulated running speed and you’ll still hear our awesome story and collect all the supplies and materials and artefacts you need to rebuild Abel Township! Just tap the Tracking button below “Start Mission”.

Screenshot of the Tracking Settings in Zombies Run!

(You can also use No Tracking if you’d rather not have simulated distances appear in your Run Logs and Statistics.)

Here are some ideas of how you can simulate running as winter approaches in the northern hemisphere!

A man on a rowing machine

If you’re on a rowing machine, why not speed through a 2000m distance with a quick simulated running pace and a short mission duration?

Row of exercise bikes

Prefer exercise bikes or spinning? Turn on back-to-back Story Missions for a long ride through the zombie apocalypse!

Woman performing a sit up

You can even do home workouts or bodyweight fitness or even household chores while “running”!

You won’t get zombie chases with Simulate Running or No Tracking, but you can still speed up or intensify your exercise when characters tell you to move – as they often do in our story.

Stay safe out there, and keep it up, Runner 5!

Photo Credits

Rowing by Victor Freitas on Unsplash. Gym bike by Humphrey Muleba on Unsplash. Sit up by Jonathan Borba on Unsplash

ZR 9.1: Stylish Setting Sheets

If you’re a veteran Runner 5, you’ll have memorised our run settings screens and be able to switch between GPS and Step Counting without a backward glance (helpful if you’re escaping zoms!).

But over the years, our settings have grown into a powerful but complicated list, so with this update, we’ve redesigned them on both Android and iPhone to make them easier to navigate and understand. Also, they’re just a lot nicer-looking now!

Tracking settings sheet animation up from the bottom of a mission screen

We’ve also renamed settings so they’re more understandable (Constant Pace is now Simulate Running, Built-in Player is now ZR Player), and made lots of other little improvements:

Screenshots of the Zombie Chases, Duration, and Musing setting sheets on Android

Run settings are accessed in exactly the same way as before, from the bottom of the Mission screen, and other than their appearance, they also behave in the same way – so don’t worry if you’ve already got your perfect system set up!

Also in 9.1

  • Redesigned News articles so they’re easier to view and faster to load
  • Android: Airdrop clips now play back correctly rather than continuously

We’re already hard at work on our 9.2 update, which will bring a dedicated Home Workout mode – and of course, we’ve been releasing Home Front missions and New Adventures almost every week!