Zombie Bolt 5K — Oklahoma’s Premier Zombie Run

Zombie Bolt 5K — Oklahoma’s Premier Zombie Run

The Family That Eats Brains Together

Zombie Airman (II)

Zombie Airman (II) — Oklahoma’s Premier Zombie Race: Zombie Bolt 5K, Guthrie, Oklahoma

— Billed as Oklahoma’s Premier Zombie Race, the city of Guthrie and promoter Guthrie Entertainment llc unleased ravenous mobs of the undead onto sprinters in the streets of downtown Guthrie to raise money for children’s disease research. The 6 October dash featured runners navigating a 5 km (3.1 mi) course obstructed by limping, wandering, and sprinting zombies determined to snatch the runners’ lives, in the form of 2 bright orange flags each.

The Race

The course began on a dirt track off of West 2nd Street, turning north before heading east on West Harrison Ave. It then looped around the courthouse, reversing back on Harrison and continuing to the starting location. The race featured 3 classes of undead: Wanderers, Limpers and Bolters.

Wanderers

Fast Zombie Girl (Zig-Zag)

Fast Zombie Girl (Zig-Zag) — Oklahoma’s Premier Zombie Race: Zombie Bolt 5K, Guthrie, Oklahoma

These zombies wandered the length of the course, but ignored the runners. They posed a threat only in that they might have inadvertantly become obstacles.

Limpers

Limpers remained mostly stationary, stumbling or standing close to an assigned course section. While they didn’t run, they were permitted to grab lives.

Bolters

The scariest class of zombies, these guys and gals chased after, and often caught, the racers. In fact, so many of the runners lost both lives before the halfway point, that the zombies handed flags to returning runners to have more sport.

Runners

The Slayer (IV) (Zombie Attack)

The Slayer (IV) (Zombie Attack) — Oklahoma’s Premier Zombie Race: Zombie Bolt 5K, Guthrie, Oklahoma

The runners who lost their “lives” had the opportunity to cure themselves by obtaining a 2-part “cure,” found at 2 “cure stations” on the courthouse loop. Racers who reached the finish line with either 1 flag intact or both cure parts collected were deemed survivors. NFC technology recorded every racer’s time.

Winners

Best time, male runner, went to Seth Smart. Alexandra Bingham took 1st place in the women’s division. Bruce Nobles won the “Most Scariest Zombie” [sic.] title.

About the Featured Photograph(s)

Note

M-mount lenses do not provide aperture information to the camera body, either electronically or mechanically. Therefore, f-stop settings are approximate, and are probably wildly inaccurate. For what it’s worth, I usually shoot with my lenses wide open.

  • The Family That Eats Brains Together
  • M9 Digital Camera
  • ISO:160
  • 50mm
  • 1/1000s
  • ƒ/2.8
  • 35° 52.6194′ 0″ N 97° 25.4264′ 0″ W
  • Zombie Airman (II)
  • M9 Digital Camera
  • ISO:160
  • 50mm
  • 1/500s
  • ƒ/3.4
  • 35° 52.3171′ 0″ N 97° 25.6579′ 0″ W

  • Fast Zombie Girl (Zig-Zag)
  • M9 Digital Camera
  • ISO:160
  • 50mm
  • 1/1000s
  • ƒ/2.8
  • 35° 52.6167′ 0″ N 97° 25.6333′ 0″ W
  • The Slayer (IV) (Zombie Attack)
  • M9 Digital Camera
  • ISO:160
  • 50mm
  • 1/350s
  • ƒ/3.4
  • 35° 52.3067′ 0″ N 97° 25.6438′ 0″ W


The After Life Party

What Zombies Do in Their Leisure Hours

What Zombies Do in Their Leisure Hours —€” Zombie Bolt After Life Party, Guthrie, Oklahoma

Race participants and spectators later retired to the Drexel Music Hall for good company, good beer, and good music.

Partygoers

About 50 partyers showed up for draft beer and conversation over the evening’s course. Participants included “Most Scariest Zombie” winner Bruce Nobles, who dressed as a zombie priest. When asked, Bruce confirmed that he was a Roman Catholic undead padre, so it was okay for him to consume alcohol.

The Secret Post

M Tunes His Bass

M Tunes His Bass —€” Zombie Bolt After Life Party, Guthrie, Oklahoma

Hailing from Tulsa, The Secret Post claim influences from 80s punk, glam and new wave music. Frontman Zachariah Wiser kept the crowd enterained with his singing and playing, backed by bassist M, lead guitaris Aleks Zael, synth player Timothy DeCasper and drummer Nicoli. Visit Flickr for pictures.

Kill the Reflection

Kill the Reflection

Kill the Reflection —€” Zombie Bolt After Life Party, Guthrie, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City’s Kill the Reflection are often found packing the house at the Blue Note Lounge. Describing themselves as post-punk, they performed a dark, brooding set marked by mid-tempo tunes with simple, repetitive riffs and angst-filled lyrics. I’ll post about their later shows at the HiLo Club and the Blue Note when I finish processing the photos, so check back.

About the Featured Photograph(s)

Note

M-mount lenses do not provide aperture information to the camera body, either electronically or mechanically. Therefore, f-stop settings are approximate, and are probably wildly inaccurate. For what it’s worth, I usually shoot with my lenses wide open.

  • What Zombies Do in Their Leisure Hours
  • M9 Digital Camera
  • ISO:800
  • 50mm
  • 1/500s
  • ƒ/1.7
  • 35° 52.5729′ 0″ N 97° 24.7695′ 0″ W
  • M Tunes His Bass
  • M9 Digital Camera
  • ISO:800
  • 50mm
  • 1/125s
  • ƒ/2
  • 35° 52.5729′ 0″ N 97° 24.7695′ 0″ W

  • Kill the Reflection
  • M9 Digital Camera
  • ISO:800
  • 50mm
  • 1/180s
  • ƒ/2
  • 35° 52.5729′ 0″ N 97° 24.7695′ 0″ W

The Gallery

Enjoy these selections from my race coverage. You can see more zombie coverage on my Flickr photostream.

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