The Spring 2018 Virtual Race is here!

The Crown Jewels have been stolen under the cover of the zombie apocalypse!

Under the command of Runner 8 – Sara Smith – you’ve been recruited to the Queen’s Own Royal Guards: Tactical Zombie Division to catch the thieves and discover their plans…

All entries include our very first double-sided medal, plus our first enamel pin, certificate, briefing card, two training missions, and more! 

Plus we have a great range of race gear including short and long-sleeve tech shirts (both unisex and women’s fits), personalised shirts, tank tops, and hoodies. There’s even a stylish black mug!

Even better, our first two Virtual Races are now on sale as a bundle! People have been asking about buying entry to these races for a long time, and we’re really happy to have finally figured out a way of doing it well. Entry includes a new exclusive enamel pin for each race, plus our classic Abel Township “defensive tea towel”, briefing cards, and certificates.

And if you’ve already have entry to one of these races, you’ll be glad to know that we provide individual gift codes for each race, which means you can send your spare one to a friend.


The Spring 2018 Virtual Race is set during the early days of Season 1, so there are no spoilers for the rest of the story. That means please do take care with posting spoilers or speculation, for obvious reasons!

We’re really excited about this race, we think it’s going to be a huge amount of fun with a character that we’ve all wanted to hear more from. Sign up, join the Tactical Zombie Division, and get ready to race from April 19-30!

This Halloween: Run or Die!

It’s Halloween in Abel! Monsters lurk behind every corner, friends have become foes, and the dead are rising… 

It’s our scariest, most exciting race yet – and it starts from just $30!

All entrants get a fantastic medal and our first ever embroidered iron-on cloth patch – perfect for every Runner 5’s kit! Plus our pro-spec shortsleeve and longsleeve race shirts are ideal for Halloween. Want to be a survivor or a zombie? You decide!

Dead or alive, these shirts are engineered for extreme running comfort: they’re lightweight and breathable, with exceptional moisture wicking. They come in both unisex and women’s fits – order fast before they run out!

For the first time, we’re offering personalised shirts, along with standard tanktops and hoodies. We think you’ll love our new options!

Enter from just $30!

Create your own pack! Every entry includes our race medal and patch, and you can add on our entire range of race shirts, tanktops, and hoodies!

Praise for the Spring 2017 Virtual Race

“Was extremely funny. Was extremely spooky, actually JUMPED while running at some point. Was VERY good.”

“Story writing and voice acting were phenomenal. The race package really helps to immerse in the story.”

“Loved the story – the training missions were great and the actual race was fabulous.”

“It was my first race & I loved it!! Great story and the sound effects were on point! No matter how many times I did it, I still jumped at that one part!!”

“Even after using ZR for more than a year, I am still impressed with the voice acting and audio quality. I especially enjoyed ‘the scare’ halfway through the race. The story is always engaging and there are days I stick to my fitness plan because Abel needs me, and I need to know what’s up with them. You guys rock!”

Spring 2017 Virtual Race: The Results

The Spring 2017 Virtual Race has now come to an end! Runners from over 53 countries suited up and became Rescue 5 to battle hostile hospitals, raging fires, and strange goings on in the Channel Tunnel.

We had over 2,500 leaderboard entries, and let’s take a look at the fastest operatives in the European Rescue Force:

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Of course, the Force is all about teamwork, and together, runners racked up some impressive stats:

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Phew, that’s a lot of Eiffel Towers to scale!

We loved hearing from runners, those who were competing in a 5k or 10k for the first time, and those beating their personal best times! That, and everyone jumping out of their skin at a certain part of the story…

Here’s a smattering of the fantastic medal pictures we were sent on Instagram and Twitter:

We’re getting ourselves ready for the Fall 2016 race – sign up here to get an email when entries are open!

Again, thanks for everyone who took part, and we’ll see you for the next race!

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.”

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!

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!