The zombie trend just will not die. (Thank you, I’ll be here all week.)

Let’s just be clear: I don’t care for the whole zombie craze. Zombies are gross and basically annoying. I also don’t like that my 4-year-old son knows the term “undead.” But I do have to give the zombies credit: They sure know how to motivate people to run.

First, there is the app/game Zombies, Run!. Zombies, Run! is an ultra-immersive running game. While you are running, a story is delivered to you via your headphones as orders and voice recordings. The zombies are coming! You have to run faster! When you’ve outrun them, you can slow down – and so on. Once you get home, you can build and grow your base with items you collected while on your run (like medicine, batteries and ammunition).

Then, there are the races. The Zombie Apocalypse Run recently went down in Oregon. And the Run For Your Lives obstacle race series is spreading across the country. The Wall Street Journal even published an article about it.

The Run For Your Lives race gives entrants the option of being a runner or a zombie. Runners, who wear flag belts, have to run through an obstacle course while trying to avoid the zombies, who want to steal their flags. Click the link to find out more about how the Run For Your Lives race works.

I have a hard-core runner friend who wants to be a zombie in one of these races. I told her to have fun, and “I’ll see ya at another, non-zombie race.” But then the other day, a good friend, who is a zombie-lover but not (yet) a runner, expressed interest in doing the Washington Run For Your Lives race (which is next summer). This, in turn, made my husband (a non-running zombie-hater) commit to the race. How can I say no to this?

I guess anything that gets people to run is alright with me. Even zombies.

Have you done a zombie race? What was it like?