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'Walking Dead' Obstacle Course Turns Intrepid Into Zombie Apocalypse

By Mathew Katz | October 11, 2013 8:50am
  The Walking Dead Escape will feature 3,000 participants and 600 "zombies."
'Walking Dead' Escape Obstacle Course
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HELL'S KITCHEN — It's every horror nerd's worst nightmare — you're trapped on a massive boat, surrounded by zombies, desperately trying to escape.

But in this instance, you get to pay for the privilege.

More than 3,000 zombie-lovers will descend on the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum this weekend to run through a zombie-filled obstacle course in the hopes of proving the toughest survivor.

Based on the popular comic book and television series, The Walking Dead Escape will take over the decommissioned aircraft carrier on Saturday, to coincide with New York Comic Con and the show's season premiere Sunday.

Signing up to be a "survivor" costs $85, with waves of people starting to make their way through the course every 15 minutes from 7:15 p.m. to midnight.

Another 600 participants can spend $90 and get the chance to play the undead "walkers." They will be given the zombie treatment by a professional makeup artist. 

"The zombies will go through 'walker training' to learn how to act like a proper one," said event spokeswoman Kristen Avioli. "There's no actual biting."

Along with avoiding walkers, the survivors will have to dodge and weave their way through obstacles reminiscent of the comic and show. Challenges include the Chain Link Mega Zone, Herd Highway, the Prison Gauntlet and Hospital Hell, with participants hoping of making it to the Decontamination Zone.

Once there, they will be scanned by the military to see if they've been infected with the zombie plague. If you've been too infected, a soldier will "shoot" you in the head.

In all, the course will take most people about 45 minutes to complete, Avioli said.

Tickets for The Walking Dead Escape are available online.