More than 500 participants have already registered for the first Run Like Hell Zombie 5K Run/Walk during East End Main Street's HallowEast festivities next weekend.
Billed as the first event of its kind in the state, the race will serve multiple purposes as a community activity and fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the neighborhood organization.
Lori Brannon, a neighborhood planner with the Charleston Planning Department, gave the statistics during East End Main Street's monthly board meeting Wednesday.
"It's better than we had hoped," she said.
The Zombie 5K will take place on Saturday, Oct. 26, during the HallowEast event. Participants can choose to have flags attached around their waist, and some participants from the event's fourth annual Zombie Walk will attempt to pull the flags off runners.
Zombies will be located in designated "attack zones" on the route, and will be signed to give runners notice of the zombies.
Prizes will be awarded to the runner with the best time, the runner with the best time and the most flags and the zombie who took the most flags, among others.
The Zombie 5K begins at 7 p.m. that day, right after the Zombie Walk at 6:30 p.m. Both events will end with a pub crawl at establishments at and near the intersection of Washington and Elizabeth streets.
Brannon also said 50 people have already purchased tickets for the Murder Mystery Party, to be held Oct. 24 at the Woman's Club of Charleston. The limit for that event is 180 participants.
Registration remains open for the 5K, the Zombie Walk and the murder mystery dinner party, but slots to be "attack zombies" for the 5K have reached capacity.