The third annual Buffalo Gap Historic Village Zombie Run has been canceled and will no longer take place March 28 as scheduled.
The event, originally based on the national Zombie Run called Run for Your Lives, consists of 50 volunteers dressed as zombies.
Hundreds of runners each wear a belt with orange flags while running from the zombies and claim victory by keeping all of their flags.
Unfortunately, there will be no zombie-chasing this weekend.
Heather Reed, Buffalo Gap Historic Village website manager and director of the event, was upset to announce the cancellation of the event.
“Due to circumstances beyond our control, we had to cancel the event,” she said. “We greatly appreciate the support from the community and our volunteers in planning this event.”
In previous years, the run has welcomed more than 400 contestants in the 5K and the 1-mile family run.
Students were also upset to hear about the cancellation of the event. Sierra Ware, sophomore advertising and public relations major from Abilene, said she had been eager to attend for the first time this year.
“I was really looking forward to it,” Ware said. “I’ve heard it’s an adrenaline-pumping experience, and I was excited to see what all the hype was about. I was expecting something like the TV show The Walking Dead, but less scary.”
In a press release regarding the annual fundraiser, BGHV showed its consideration to the public and said, “Fees for the currently registered participants will be refunded, and they will be provided with honorary guest passes to the Buffalo Gap Historic Village.”
Reed assures the public the unfortunate scheduling conflicts do not mean the Zombie Run is canceled for good.
“A future date for the event has not yet been determined, but we will release a PSA regarding the rescheduled date,” Reed said.
By postponing the event, the coordinators hope to see those who are interested in the race when it is brought back to public.
“I’m glad they aren’t calling it off all together,” Ware said. “I’ll definitely be attending when it comes back and maybe I can get more friends to do it with me.”
BGHV announced its next event which will be a free Abilene celebration for the Fourth of July – Frontier Fourth – with a jeep show and trail ride.