Run for your life through the walking dead

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You can pay to run or volunteer as the undead during Kaweah Oaks Preserve’s Dead At Night Haunted Zombie Trail on Oct. 12
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EXETER – Do you find yourself watching the “Walking Dead” and yelling out all of the things you would do better if you were running from a zombie hoard?
Well now’s your chance to put your plan into action without walking onto an AMC set. This Saturday, Oct. 12 the Kaweah Oaks Preserve is hosting its Dead At Night Haunted Zombie Trail. The trail will take you through a forest of unknown thrills, screams, and as always laughter as zombies will be watching, creeping and even chasing you. Bring your friends and family, stay and enjoy some food, music and festivities…. but only if you make it out alive.
This is a family friendly event, but is not recommended for children under 12 years of age. Safe areas or quarantine zones will be on course to provide much needed protection from undead visitors. The fun begins at 5 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person plus a $2.50 sign up fee. Tickets must be purchased in advance and the deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 11. As of press time there were 101 spots left. Participants will receive a free “I Survived the Zombies” shirt, a flashlight, coffee and hot cocoa. There will also be food trucks, live music, drinks and lots of thrilling fun. 
Not interested in running for your life? Why not walk with the dead? Anyone older than 18 years old, or even those younger with a written note from their parents, can volunteer to be a zombie. Volunteers are responsible for their own costume and transportation. You can do your own makeup or there will be a few make-up artists helping get zombies ready for the event. Snacks and drinks will be provided to volunteer zombies (not human flesh) and there is a mandatory zombie meeting before the event where rules and regulations will be reviewed. 
If you aren’t interested in putting on all that makeup, you can also volunteer to apply makeup, be a course support volunteer, or a parking attendant. For more information, visit runsignup.com/Race/CA/Exeter/DeadOfNight. 
Proceeds benefit the Kaweah Oaks Preserve in partnership with Sequoia Riverlands Trust. 
Kaweah Oaks Preserve, a 344-acre nature preserve, protects one of the last remaining valley oak riparian forests in the San Joaquin Valley. When you walk along the trails at Kaweah Oaks Preserve, you can easily imagine how this area looked before it was settled 100 years ago. More than 300 plant and animal species live, feed or reproduce at the nature preserve, including gray fox, great horned owl, Nuttall’s woodpecker, wild grapevines, willow thickets and majestic valley oaks.
The Kaweah Oaks Preserve is located at 29979 Rd. 182 just west of Exeter.