Zombie-filled run, cycling events highlight weekend activities


Special to the Miami Herald

Time to tighten up your running shoes and dodge the zombies.

In the Zombie Charge 5K you will be surrounded by the not-so-undead participants who will be trying to turn you into a zombie.

What better reason to run than to run for your life.

The Zombie Charge is a haunted house on steroids with the participants running a zombie-infested obstacle coarse through Oleta River State Park on Sunday.

Organizers boast that this is more than an off-road adventure race through wooded trails, open fields, gravel yards and swamps with eight to 12 obstacles along the way. It is a race for survival.

As the participants have their flags taken away they must sprint to the finish for the antidote or become undead, too.

For more information, visit www.zombiecharge.com.


If you would rather be on two wheels than running from zombies, on Sunday the 2013 Homestead Speedway Century ride might be what you are looking for.

The Everglades Bicycle Club will be hosting the event in its 11th year at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Riders will be able to choose multiple routes that start off with a lap around the track at the speedway and down to the Florida Keys. Depending on your ability, the distances you have to choose from are 25 miles, 41 miles, 62 miles and 100 miles.

Registration ends Thursday. If you would like to register, visit www.evergladesbc.com.

Mountain biking

If the riding through the streets doesn’t give you enough excitement, the organizer at Down2Earth will be hosting the Mt. Biking La Rooottaaa No. 5 on Saturday at Amelia Earhart Park in Hialeah. This fast-paced race will have the participants twisting and turning down the narrow mountain bike trails as you try to pedal your way to the finish.

• Last Saturday – Virginia Key 40 Mile mountain bike series — Top finishers: 1. Bob Mccarty, 2:51:14. 2. Samuel Mejia 2:55:54. 3. Darren Vendetti 3:03:25. 4. Matt Vietro 3:03:48. 5. Doug Deweese 3:04:05. 6. Rodrigo Balbi 3:07:32. 7. Ivar Kozeja 3:08:27. 8. Ivan Saldias 3:12:12. 9. Jorge Orjuela 3:13:01. 10. Adan Ayala 3:13:07.


This past weekend at the Blue Marlin Fish House in North Miami Beach, Camilo Marmol and Cathrine Uden took top honors in the male and female paddleboard division of the La Rooottaaa Regatta.

Marmol finished just a fraction of a second before the second-place male, Weil Uden, with a time of 47:39 in the 4.2-mile distance.

In the female division, Uden finished nearly four minutes faster than the rest of the female participants. She also came in fourth overall with a time of 50:12.

La Rooota Regatta top finishers: 4.2-mile distance: Male division: 1. Camilo Marmol 47:39. 2. Weil Uden 47:44. 3. Michael Asher 49:30. 4. Brett Pierce 50:46. 5. Randy Rose 50:57. Female division: 1. Cathrine Uden 50:12. 2. Cherry Melina 54:52. 3. Neil Hendley 58:19. 4. Courtney Turney 1:02:09. 5. Telsys Tarallo 1:08:20.

If you would like to have your event showcased in the Miami Herald please, email Corey W. Campbell, at campbell.corey@gmail.com.

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