On Friday night, the Special Event Committee, Trojan Pride and USC Triathalon partnered to throw the Zombie Run 5K in Pardee Plaza.
Participants were given flags and ran two laps around campus while Undergraduate Student Government members painted by makeup artists to look like zombies chased them. The ”zombies” were only allowed to use two limbs to try and take the runners’ flags while they ran around campus.
The event was promoted by a social media campaign that had Trojan Pride members and other members of USG change their profile pictures to “zombified” versions of themselves.
Trojan Pride Program Director Joshua Chang thought that it was the energy of both the volunteers and the participants that made the event such a success.
“The zombies did a great job of scaring all the runners, and I’m glad everyone had a fun time. The impromptu dance party at the end with all the participants was probably the most random and entertaining thing that happened,” Chang said. “I want to thank all the participants and volunteers for making this an outstanding event.”
Patrick Macias, a sophomore majoring in industrial and systems engineering, enjoyed seeing so many organizations collaborate together to create a unique experience.
“It was a lot of fun to participate in, and it was great to see so many different organizations coming together to run an event.”
Avery McEvoy, a junior majoring in environmental engineering, also found the experience enjoyable and unique, as well as eye-opening.
“The Zombie Run turned out to be an amazing event. It was hilarious to see Trojans coming together not only to run a 5K, but to also be chased by zombies,” Evoy said via email. “The zombies were very dedicated and realistic, and I definitely heard screams all around campus. This event convinced me of two things. One, I may be less equipped to survive a zombie apocalypse than I thought. Two, Trojans know how to have fun.”