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    Posted October 22, 2010 by
    Norfolk, Virginia

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    The Norfolk skyline is again ablaze with nightlife along the Elizabeth River, but this time Zombies are turning out in droves here to gather booty and body to claim their prizes.

    "The Survive Norfolk  Zombie Run" will take over the upscale Ghent section of the city tonight, Friday.  At 5:00 pm, over 200 people had already lined up in the chilly weather to register for the giant game of tag at 21st Street, and an estimated 7000 have RSVPd on Facebook with another 12,000 "maybes" Facebook reported this morning. It doesn't officially start until 8:30pm and lasts until 12 midnight.

    The Norfolk Mayor looked a little nervous when interviewed by local news, and said with a smile, "I don't think we could stop it now if we tried so........."

    It started out as a simple "let's get together for some fun," among close friends and has rapidly blossomed what may be the largest event the city has seen  when it was shared on a Facebook account.

    The goal is to not get tagged by designated Zombies as you run through the streets of Ghent to 4 designated stations to  check in for prizes.  When you get tagged, you immediately revert into a zombie, earn your tagees arm band, and try to tag others. The one with the most bands at the end, wins. At least that was the plan initially.

    Everywhere you go, whether it be a restaurant in nearby Portsmouth or a gas station in Virginia Beach, someone is talking about Survive Norfolk and gearing up for the excitement of the event tonight.

    There's a nominal $5 charge to participate, and nearby ODU students and ODU Village business owners have quickly jumped on this pre-Halloween band wagon to participate. When the event grew so rapidly in popularity, organizers quickly regrouped and were forced to look into forming an LLC to deal with unexpected issues of insurance, permits, registration, and safety. They have pledged a portion of proceeds to charity, and posted that only age 18 and over is allowed.

    Stay tuned!

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