Outbreak Missions

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Admit it, you've imagined at least once what it would be like if the zombie apocalypse happens. And admit it, that you are a fan of the TV series The Walking Dead. Or if not, you've seen at least one zombie movie. Because for some reason, a lot of people find zombies both scary and fascinating. We have pop culture and social media to blame for that.

I, for one, have had dreams about the zombie apocalypse. I am not kidding! I guess I've been watching too much zombie and horror movies that time. Anyways, just recently, I had my zombie dreams come true thanks to Outbreak Manila. For those who don't know, Outbreak Manila is a hit running event where zombies come into play. Basically, participants were given "lives" in the form of flags that are tied around their waists and the aim of the game is to stay alive. Meaning, do not let the zombies your flags. 

Outbreak Missions happened on the 5th of April in Intramuros, Manila. This time, Outbreak Manila gives a twist to Outbreak Missions by adding some weird characters, a plot, and of course, a mission that you need to accomplish, all while doing your best to stay alive. I joined it with JC and with some of my Pinoy Fitness friends. Here are some photos.
 race kits, courtesy of Thirdy
zombies and more zombies
 studying the route during the start of our mission
me, trying to dodge a zombie
all 4 photos above were taken from Outbreak Manila's Facebook page
photos taken after the mission, credits to Sir Vahl of  Team aRUNkada

It was a cool event. It provided a nice change of pace from the usual running events where all we do is just run. Here, we walked and treaded carefully around the zombies that just stood on the spot, sprinted to get away from the faster ones, caught our breath each time we encountered those fast ones, followed some instructions, and worked as a team to finish the mission. And I even ended up with a battle scar because I accidentally wounded my hands at some point. The people who played the zombies were up to par with our expectations because of their realistic make-up and good acting skills. One glitch is that the event didn't start on time. I hope this wouldn't happen again. It was a fun and unique experience. I got a dog tag for staying "alive" towards the end of the mission and a cool shirt that all finishers get, whether they're "dead" or "alive".

Would I join again? Probably. If I had the extra moolah because to be honest, Php.1000 is a bit pricey for a not-so-running event. But like I said, it was awesome. So kudos to the organizers.

If there's one thing I realized after joining this, it's that if the zombie apocalypse were to truly and actually happen, I probably wouldn't survive. So I need more practice. I need to learn to run faster. And also, I need deadly weapons. LOL. :)

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