Published: Oct 23, 2013 5:58 AM EDT
Updated: Oct 23, 2013 7:13 AM EDT

PUNTA GORDA, Fl. - This weekend, you'll need to run for your life.  It's the YMCA's Zombie 5K in Punta Gorda.  Runner are actually 'bait.'  When they register, they get a race belt that has multiple flags that represent vital organs. 

Throughout the race, runners have to go through the various obstacles like the 'Tire Terror,' and the 'Fright Forest.'  They will also have to dodge zombies.  If they make it to the finish line with all their 'vital organ' flags, they are safe.  If not, they become 'infected.'  It's all in good fun and supporting the YMCA.  Proceeds from the event will benefit their scholarship program and annual Kids Campaign.

The race is on Saturday, October 26th.  Registration adn check-in is between 9 adn 10am in Laishley Park.  The race starts at 10am.  Runners can pre-register  for $57 and for $67 the morning of the race.  That includes your race participation, a t-shirt, food and drinks and admission into the Haunted on the Harbor festival.

If you want to ber a zombie in the race, it's $20 and $30 to get your zombie make-up done by professional make-up artists. 

For the little ones, there is also a kids one mile run that is zombie free.  That is $20 if you pre-register and $25 the day of the race.

For more information, 941-629-9622 or

Many sponsors were involved in making the race happen.  Organizers say they would like to thank Harbor Nissan, Adams Group, Peace River Medical Center, Charlotte Regional Medical Center, the McKenzie Center.

Students from the Charlotte Vocational Center also helped make the event possible by building all the obstacles.  Home Depot, Raymond Lumber, Tropical Construction Supplies provided materials.  Charlotte Technical Center Cosmetology and Pin-Ups Salon are helping with the zombie make-up.