Zombies to hasten runners in Georgia 5K

Need encouragement to finish a race in record time?

How about being pursued by a pack of ravenous zombies?

The Run for Your Lives 5K adventure race is expanding to several new cities in 2012, including one in north Georgia, promoters announced Tuesday. The race will take hardy souls through a series of obstacles over a 3.1-mile course. The Georgia race will be held March 3 and begin in Durhamtown Plantation Sports Complex in Union Point -- about an hour and a half east of Atlanta near I-20.

Racers will wear a flag football-like belt with three flags. Zombies will attempt to pull the flags and disqualify the runner. The runner to cross the finish line with at least one flag will be a "survivor."

An after-race party will be open to runners and zombies, and will feature live music and vendors.

The Centers for Disease Control will be onsite to educate the public about preparedness in case of emergency or zombie invasion. For tips on how to prepare for a zombie apocalypse in advance of the race, visit the CDC's website.

Registration isn't cheap -- packages begin at $77. Camping sites are available at Oconee National Forest and other nearby locations.

The inaugural race launched in Darlington, Md., last October and  10,000 participants and spectators. Other 2012 Run For Your Lives locations and dates include:

The inaugural Run for Your Lives race launched in Darlington, Md., last October with more than 10,000 participants and spectators, promoters said.

For more information, visit www.runforyourlives.com.