Join the Fall 2016 Virtual Race!

Breach the blast doors, infiltrate the vault, don’t get bitten. Easy, right? 

This fall, help Sam Yao and Abel Township make the steal of the century, in a 5k/10k race set during the early days of Season 1! Join up to get a race tee, medal, training missions, and access to our private ROFFLENET forum.

You choose the distance. You choose the route. We make it awesome.

Race dates: 20 Oct to 1 Nov

What’s a Virtual Race? A Virtual Race takes place in a location and time of your choice. You can walk, jog or run wherever you may be, and at any time during the race week, for a 5k or a 10k distance. It’s an awesome way for all Runner 5s around the world to run as a community, and get exclusive real-world awards!

When you’re on a heist, you’ve got to look the part – and when there are zombies on your tail, you’ve got to move fast!

Our Soft Tech Shortsleeve tee has excellent wicking & drying, but it feels and looks like premium cotton thanks to its highly refined ring-spun polyester yarn.

And our Pro-Spec Quarter Zip Longsleeve top is perfect for colder runs, with great features like sleeve thumb-holes and a fabric zip guard. 

Your entry comes with a race packet sent directly from Abel Township, with a briefing, certificate, race bib, medal, and more! And in the weeks leading to the race, you’ll get two exclusive training missions, story emails, and support from our community. (Photo: Spring 2016 Race Pack)

Three Ways to Join

Gift entries and twin combo packs (save $10!) are also available!

Praise for the Spring 2016 Virtual Race

“As much as your game motivates me, this race has trumped it. I am hooked on virtual races now.”

“Way to go on the tech shirt! Fit wonderfully, very comfortable…”

“Thank you for creating a compelling story that made me get off my ass and do my first 10K!”

“I was so impressed. The shirt is amazing and the medal hangs on my wall.”

We’ve had a busy few weeks recording the Spring Virtual Race and a Top Secret Zombies, Run! project, plus we’re right in the middle of recording Season 5! Here are a few behind-the-scenes photos of the process…

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The Spring 2016 Virtual Race is Here

A city full of zombies
A rogue general with a nuclear bomb
The biggest race of your life

Prepare for an explosive 5k/10k race set in the first days of the zombie apocalypse! Join up and get a pro-spec Race Tee, bonus training missions, a race bib, finisher’s medal, and access to our private community forum.

You choose the distance. You choose the route. We make it awesome.

Race dates: 30 March to 11 April 2016 

 
What’s a Virtual Race? A Virtual Race takes place in a location and time of your choice. You can walk, jog or run wherever you may be, and at any time during the race week, for a 5k or a 10k distance. It’s an awesome way for all Runner 5s around the world to run as a community, and get exclusive real-world awards!


Introducing your Race Tee

This is, without a doubt, the best tee we’ve ever made – and it’s only available to Virtual Race entrants. Even better, this tee plays a crucial role in the race mission itself…

Bonus Training Missions

Getting up to speed for a race is a great way to train. We’ve made it even better with two bonus missions to set the stage and get your pulse racing.

Three Ways to Join

All options include a Finisher’s Medal, Race Bib, Certificate, Badge, and access to our private ROFFLENET community forum.

Get gift entries for friends and family, plus twin combo packs (save $10!) are also available.

Here’s what our 2015 Virtual Race runners said

“As much as your game motivates me, this race has trumped it. I am hooked on virtual races now.”

“I loved the whole thing, thoroughly enjoyable, well done!”

“Thank you for a fabulous app and a great race!!!”

“I loved the forum it helped get me excited for the big day!”

“Thank you for creating a compelling story that made me get off my ass and do my first 10K!”

Virtual Race 2015: The Results Are In

This week, our first-ever Virtual Race was completed, and we couldn’t be happier with the results! Well over 2000 race entries were submitted to our Live Leaderboard, and our fastest runners racked up some truly impressive times:

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Represented among just those twenty entries are Canada, USA, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, and the UK, showing just how international the race was.

Of course, Zombies, Run! isn’t about speed – it’s about making running exciting and fun, no matter your pace. The fact that our Virtual Race was the first time a lot of our runners had taken part in 5k or 10k bears this out. We’re really happy we’ve found a brand new way to motivate people to run further and faster than ever!

An online leaderboard wouldn’t be complete without spurious and fun stats like these:

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That’s the whole 10-hour Lord of the Rings trilogy, mind you!

Here’s two sets of 5k ‘race triplets’ who have exactly the same time, from Hong Kong, USA, Canada, and Germany:

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And in our 10k event, Runner 500-502 (just as important as Runner 5!) are from Sweden, USA, and Canada.

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The Virtual Race didn’t take place in virtual conditions – people had to run in the real world to get their times, and brave some pretty tough weather, as softwood13 discovered in the snow and north wind of the Yukon:

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After the race, our entrants were finally able to open the precious, tempting red envelope containing their medal and certificate, as ably demonstrated by peter_chan and his feline assistant:

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Virtual Race 2: Coming Spring 2016

A massive 99.9% of Virtual Race entrants told us in a survey that they’d enter again… so who are we to deny them? 

Our next Virtual Race will take place in Spring next year, and it’ll be bigger and better than ever. We’re paying attention to all the great constructive feedback we’ve received, and working on improving the different entry options, along with the leaderboards, story, and race packet.

Want to make sure you’re in the next ZR Virtual Race? Sign up here:

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Tell me when the next ZR Virtual Race is open!

Once again, thank you to everyone who entered – we had a great time racing with you!

And They’re Off!

Since Friday, the first-ever Zombies, Run! Virtual Race has already been completed over 800 times, totalling a distance of 5,300km! You can see all the entrants on our Live Leaderboard

Unlike traditional races, our Virtual Race can be run anywhere at any time during the race week. Some Runners Five have bravely raced for the glory of Abel on their own, while others have organised meetups around the world:

Hyde Park, London

Upstate New York

Philadelphia Art Museum

It’s been a blast seeing everyone’s stories from the Virtual Race, and there’s plenty more coming in the rest of the race week!

Check out the sweet loot that our Virtual Race participants will be getting! These just arrived in our office today, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the quality and finish of the medals, race bibs (who doesn’t want to have a Runner 5 number?), towels, pin badges, and more.

There are only a few entries left for the Virtual Race, and true to our word, we won’t be opening any more beyond that – mostly because we can’t make enough medals. So if you’re still on the fence, it’s time to jump off, put on your trainers, and get ready to run!

ZR Virtual Race – More Entries Available!

If you haven’t yet signed up for the first ever Zombies, Run! Virtual Race, never fear. We’ve managed to source an additional 900 race packs, and these are now up for grabs! They’re selling fast though, and there are fewer than 600 300 entries left at the time of writing!

This is the final set of race packs available for this race. With the huge demand we’ve had so far, we recommend that you don’t delay if you’re interested!

Simply open the news post in the app and you’ll find more info and instructions on how to enter. If you’re still seeing an old version of the news post, you can restart your device to make sure everything is up to date.

Join the Virtual Race waiting list!

Thanks to everyone who has already entered the very first ZR Virtual Race! We’ve been overwhelmed by the demand – the first batch of 1500 entries has now sold out!

If you didn’t manage to sign up yet, never fear – we’re hoping to make some more entries available very soon. Make sure that you sign up to the waiting list, and we’ll let you know as soon as the second wave goes on sale!

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ZR Virtual Race 2015 – Enter Now!

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Running is more fun together — from 5ks to ultramarathons, the community spirit in a race is an incredible motivator. There’s no better community than the runners of Abel Township, so we’re making it happen!

That’s right, we’ll be staging the first ever Zombies, Run! Virtual Race from 24th October to 1st November – and entries have now begun!

What’s the deal?

The Virtual Race takes place in a location and time of your choice. You can walk, jog or run wherever you may be, and at any time during the race week, for a 5k or a 10k distance.

It’ll be an awesome way for all Runner 5s around the world to run as a community, and get exclusive real-world awards!

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Enter the race today and you’ll get all of this radness:

  • The luxurious physical Race Pack, featuring a beautiful medal, running bib, towel, and other exciting goodies sent to you 
  • An EXCLUSIVE NEW MISSION written by co-creator & lead writer Naomi Alderman, and available in 5k and 10k versions  
  • Access to a private moderated forum to chat with your fellow runners (including us!)  
  • The chance to submit your run to our global leaderboard (for eternal cred & bragging rights)

Entry costs $40 (+$5 worldwide shipping), and Pro Members get a $5 discount! 

Be quick – there are only 1500 500 places remaining, so join up now to avoid missing out! 

How to enter

Just open the Zombies, Run! app and view the Virtual Race news post! If you can’t see it, please restart your device, which will make sure that the news posts are up to date.

We look forward to running with you all this October!