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Maria Garcia-Chueiri, 52, of Brooklyn, strikes a zombie (Credit: Michael Cusanelli)

Maria Garcia-Chueiri, 52, of Brooklyn, strikes a zombie pose during the inaugural Rundead Zombie 5k in Massapequa Park on Saturday (Nov. 2, 2013).

Rundead Zombie 5k debuts on Long Island

Hundreds of joggers ran for their lives -- and for charity -- on Saturday morning in LI's inaugural Rundead Zombie 5k at Brady Park in Massapequa Park to raise money for Special Olympics New York.

Runners try to avoid zombies lurking in the
(Credit: Michael Cusanelli)

Runners try to avoid zombies lurking in the trees during the inaugural Rundead Zombie 5k in Massapequa Park, benefiting Special Olympics New York on Saturday. (Nov. 2, 2013).

From left, Zombies John Cassidy, 11, of Westbury,
(Credit: Michael Cusanelli)

From left, Zombies John Cassidy, 11, of Westbury, Todd Farrell, 18, of Massapequa, and Patrick Drummond, 16, of Seaford chased the runners through Brady Park. Each runner started off with a flag belt and three flags. Zombies tried to take the flags, and runners who lost all three were "dead." They could still complete the race, but they were not eligible for awards. (Nov. 2, 2013).

John Cassidy, 11, of Westbury, chases runners in
(Credit: Michael Cusanelli)

John Cassidy, 11, of Westbury, chases runners in Brady Park during the inaugural Rundead Zombie 5k in Massapequa Park. If zombies took all of a runner's flags, the runner was "dead." (Nov. 2, 2013).

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Maria Garcia-Chueiri, 52, of Brooklyn, strikes a zombie
(Credit: Michael Cusanelli)

Maria Garcia-Chueiri, 52, of Brooklyn, strikes a zombie pose during the inaugural Rundead Zombie 5k in Massapequa Park on Saturday (Nov. 2, 2013).

Runners try to avoid zombies lurking in the
(Credit: Michael Cusanelli)

Runners try to avoid zombies lurking in the trees in Brady Park at the Rundead Zombie 5k in Massapequa Park. Each runner started off with a flag belt and three flags. Zombies throughout the course attempted to take the flags. Runners who lost all three were "dead," and while they could still complete the race, they were not eligible for awards. (Nov. 2, 2013).

Donna Cantrell, 55, of Upper Brookville, being transformed
(Credit: Michael Cusanelli)

Donna Cantrell, 55, of Upper Brookville, being transformed into a zombie by a makeup artist in Brady Park as she prepared to chase runners at the inaugural Rundead Zombie 5k in Massapequa Park on Saturday (Nov. 2, 2013).

Katy Migunova, 25, of Lynbrook poses with the
(Credit: Michael Cusanelli)

Katy Migunova, 25, of Lynbrook poses with the Quiky, the Nesquik Bunny at the Rundead Zombie 5k in Massapequa Park on Saturday (Nov. 2, 2013).

Todd Farrell, 18, of Massapequa, chases runners in
(Credit: Michael Cusanelli)

Todd Farrell, 18, of Massapequa, chases runners in Brady Park during the inaugural Rundead Zombie 5k in Massapequa Park on Saturday. The event was held to benefit Special Olympics New York (Nov. 2, 2013).

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Runners helping raise money for Special Olympics New
(Credit: Michael Cusanelli)

Runners helping raise money for Special Olympics New York during LI's inaugural Rundead Zombie 5k in Massapequa Park's Brady Park. (Nov. 2, 2013).

Runners try to avoid zombies lurking behind the
(Credit: Michael Cusanelli)

Runners try to avoid zombies lurking behind the trees in Brady Park during the inaugural Rundead Zombie 5k in Massapequa Park on Saturday. (Nov. 2, 2013).

Todd Farrell, 18, of Massapequa chases a runner
(Credit: Michael Cusanelli)

Todd Farrell, 18, of Massapequa chases a runner in Brady Park on Saturday during the inaugural Rundead Zombie 5k in Massapequa Park on Saturday. Each runner started off with a flag belt and three flags representing "lives." Zombies throughout the course attempted to take the flags. Runners who lost all three were "dead," and while they could still complete the race, they were not eligible for awards.(Nov. 2, 2013).

Runners helping raise money for Special Olympics New
(Credit: Michael Cusanelli)

Runners helping raise money for Special Olympics New York during the inaugural Rundead Zombie 5k in Massapequa Park's Brady Park. (Nov. 2, 2013).

Kristina Fiakos, 16, of Massapequa, pretends to bite
(Credit: Michael Cusanelli)

Kristina Fiakos, 16, of Massapequa, pretends to bite Michael Shelton, 17, also of Massapequa, before the start of the inaugural Rundead Zombie 5k hosted by Special Olympics New York at Brady Park in Massapequa Park. (Nov. 2, 2013).

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