Most of your questions will be answered right here as The Hunt draws near. You will be reminded of the rules and regulations the week of the event and during check-in.
A Few Key Points:
- You Must Be Checked-In Before the Noon Toll in Virginia City on the day of The Hunt
- Be Ready to Have One Hell of a Good Time
Riddles – the riddles will be based on the history of Virginia City. Unfamiliar with the authentic living ghost town? Check out our Study Guide. The Game Warden is posting new hints leading up to The Hunt. Some of these will lead you to victory, some will be dead ends. You won’t know which is which until you play the game.
Clues – the clues will be hidden in some of the most haunted locations in the entire United States. These landmarks all hold historic significance. We ask all competitors to respect the locations and the items in them. While you are racing against the clock, we prohibit any running inside buildings. You will also not be required to move, touch, push, rub, kick, lick, or do anything else to find the clues. All you need is your wits and your eyes to find the clues. You must leave the locations in the same state in which you found them. We love Virginia City and take this rule very seriously. Any competitor caught disrespecting locations or the items in them will be thrown out of the game.
Goal – teams must collect all of the clues in order to crack the final code. That code will lead competitors to the vaccine.
Zombies – the living dead are key to cracking the final code. While that role is being kept under wraps until the day of The Hunt, one thing you can know for sure: they will be going after your flags. Zombies in The Hunt are rotted, meaning they cannot move very fast. They are only allowed to go after your flags in designated dead zone areas. We do not allow any pushing, kicking, tripping, grabbing, tackling, or any other kind of aggressive action from competitors or zombies. This type of behavior is strictly prohibited. We want everyone to have a good time. Any participant who does not respect this rule will be thrown out of the game.
Flags – Rebel Squads (teams with 2 to 3 members) will receive 6 flags to start The Hunt. Mob Squads (teams with 4 to 6 members) will start The Hunt with 8 flags. Each flag your team finishes with is a two-minute bonus time deduction. Flags must be attached to the belts provided and worn on a competitor’s sides. Do not tuck in the flags, tie them in a knot, or hang them in your front or back. You don’t want zombies grabbing you there, and they don’t want to grab you there either.
Time – your time will start as soon as you are launched into the game. It will stop as soon as your team crosses the finish line with the vaccine. You must have the vaccine when you cross the finish line and you must cross as a team! Five minutes will be added to your time for every team member who does not finish. At the finish line, your team must present any flags your team has left. Those will be factored into your final time. Any flags brought up later will not be accepted.
Hints – if your team is stuck on a riddle or unable to find a clue, you can receive a hint from the Game Warden. He will gladly help you out. But it will cost you. Each hint will cost one flag, and getting to the Game Warden won’t be easy…
Transportation – the only transportation you are allowed to use in The Hunt are your feet. If any member of your team gets in a car, hops on a motorcycle, cycles through town on a bike, pulls a skateboard out of their backpack, rolls down the sidewalk on a Rascal… whatever… your team will be disqualified.
Finish – your team must be finished with The Hunt by 4:00 p.m. At that time, the road will re-open and the Celebration of Survivors’ Party will begin.
Cellphones – you can use your phone to look up information to help you solve a riddle. Keep in mind, however, this is Virginia City. Your internet search is not going to work very well. You are better off studying up before The Hunt, turning to the Game Warden for hints, or talking to locals. The best ways to use your phone during the game – take lots of pictures and use the flashlight feature.
Winners – the top 6 teams from each category will be rewarded. That’s 6 Rebel Squads and 6 Mob Squads. The awards will be given out at the Celebration of Survivors’ Party. That takes place at the Red Dog Saloon and begins at 4:00 p.m. All team times will be posted at the party.
Check-In: the check-in location will be given to competitors and zombies in riddle-form the week of The Hunt. Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m. on October 14th. You must be checked-in before the noon toll to participate.
- What is The Hunt?
Answer: The Hunt is a timed, team scavenger hunt through one of the most authentic living ghost towns in the world. Virginia City will transform into one big, apocalyptic escape room crawling with the flesh-starved dead. The prize: the vaccine and your freedom. To solve the riddles, find the clues, and crack the code you will explore real, haunted buildings, old mines, famous landmarks, and the very depths of the paranormal. And you will do it all while hunting for the living dead.
- What is the difference between The Hunt and previous Redrun events?
Answer: This is a whole new game. In the midst of Armageddon during Redrun’s first four years, you had to run like hell across the desolate mountainscape of the Comstock and past the century-old buildings. You could take your time and go it alone. Your only goal was to survive. And you could do it on physical stamina alone. The Hunt is a fast-paced test of your wits. It is teams fighting for survival and against the clock. It will take you INSIDE the places that make Virginia City one of the most authentic living ghost towns in the world.
- Is The Hunt physically challenging?
Answer: The Hunt is not a 5K or a 10K, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be running. The competition must all be done on foot. The landscape will be challenging both physically and mentally. And to win, you’ll have to finish as fast as you can.
- What type of course is The Hunt?
Answer: The Hunt will take you all over VC. There is no set course. Your team will decide in which order you solve the riddles and find the clues.
- The Hunters and the zombies: who is after who?
Answer: You’re after each other. Zombies are key to cracking the final code and finding the vaccine. Hunting for them, however, comes at a risk. Teams will receive flags they must protect from the living dead. Time penalties will occur for each flag lost.
- Is there tackling, spitting, pile-driving, scissor kicking, horse-collaring, sumo wrestling, arm bars, weapons, or fake weapons allowed during The Hunt?
Answer: Let us answer this question as clearly as we can: HELL NO! All these actions and items and any related cousins are strictly prohibited. This is not a contact sport! The rules will be clear and you will be removed from the event if they are violated. This event is designed to be a fun and exhilarating experience for all participants. To ensure this, everyone needs to be respectful of all the rules. A good dose of common sense here couldn’t hurt, either.
What about weapons?
Answer: NO! ABSOLUTELY NOT! If it can hurt someone, it is prohibited from the game. Anyone caught with any type of weapon – a real gun, paintball gun, switch blade, baseball bat, pepper spray, whatever – will be immediately thrown out of the game.
- Where are the clues? Do I have to move anything to find them?
Answer: NO! The clues are hidden, but you do not need to touch anything to find them. Just use your wits and your eyes. Please respect these historic locations and the items in them. You must leave the landmarks and everything inside in the same condition and position in which you found them.
- How long does it take to complete The Hunt?
Answer: Well, that depends. The Hunt will take anywhere between 2 and 4 hours to finish. How good is your team?
- Will there be a launch to start The Hunt?
Answer: Yes! The Hunt is not like previous Redrun events, but make no mistake – the launch is our absolute favorite part of Redrun, and once again we plan on making it an experience you will remember forever. How are we going to do it? This will be our biggest kept secret.
- Are pets and children allowed?
Answer: Virginia City loves children of all ages and your pets! They can definitely come and enjoy the town. However, pets are not allowed to be part of The Hunt (even if they are trained zombie killers). To register as a hunter or zombie, the participant must be at least 12. (Participants under the age of 18 must have a parental consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian.).
- What type of shoes should I wear?
Answer: You will be going as fast as you can as you climb up and down steep hills, over wooden-planked sidewalks, and across rough terrain. So right away let’s rule out sandals, moccasins, flip-flops, cowboy boots, flippers, or bare feet. We highly recommend trail shoes!
- There are a lot of spectators at this event. How will I know who is participating in The Hunt?
Answer: All participants, living and dead, must wear a race bib.
- Can I combine The Hunt with the Redrun Saloon Crawl?
Answer: Absolutely! Many of the landmarks in the Hunt are on the Redrun Saloon Crawl, so you can do both. Compete in The Hunt while enjoying specialty drinks and discounts at bars through downtown Virginia City. Don’t worry about it effecting your time. In VC, you can take your drink with you!
- How will I find out which teams won?
Answer: All of the team times will be posted at the Celebration of Survivors after-party. The outdoor celebration will have award ceremonies for the winners as well as contests for best costumes. The party will also feature food, beer, tailgate-style games, music, a ton of prizes and giveaways, and much, much more.
- I am a spectator or only participating in the Redrun Saloon Crawl. Can I come to the Celebration of Survivors?
Answer: Consider yourself invited!
- Will there be a zombie procession?
Answer: Before the first Horde is launched, Virginia City will be overrun by a procession of the living dead down the middle of Virginia City’s main street. Its a sight you don’t want to miss. That is, unless you’re afraid…
- How do I find updates?
Answer: Just join our cult by entering your email below. You will get all the information you need about The Hunt. Also, join our Facebook and Instagram pages and keep checking our main page for news updates. Look under your pillow at night for an occasional threat from the Game Warden…umm, we mean special note.
- I am a local business. How do I get involved?
Answer: We want you involved. Have some fun and dress the theme! In fact we have partnered with several local business and would love to include you. Just email us: email@example.com
- Is my registration fee refundable?
Answer: Your registration fee is refundable until September 1st. All registrations after that are non-refundable. When you’re dead, you’re dead. This event will take place under just about any weather condition.
- How many people can I have on my team?
Answer: You can register as either a Rebel Squad or a Mob Squad. A Rebel Squad has 2 to 3 team members. A Mob Squad has 4 to 6 team members.
- What type of riddles will we need to solve?
Answer: The riddles will all be based on the history of Virginia City. Your victory depends on your knowledge of the spirits of those who haunt the Comstock. The Game Warden will be posting hints on the Study Guide page leading up to The Hunt. Keep in mind: some of those hints will help you, some will be dead ends. You won’t know which is which until you play the game.
- How does my team “hunt” for zombies?
Answer: The zombies are key to cracking the final code and winning The Hunt. The Game Warden, however, is keeping this part of the puzzle under wraps for now.
- How do the flags work?
Answer: The flags will be blood red. They will go on the belt provided. One team member must wear them over their outer most layer of clothing and have them visible at all times. The flags must hang at their sides and not in front of them. Teammates are responsible for keeping their flag holder safe from zombies. Any flag lost is a deduction in time. You may not take flags from other teams, pick up any flags off the ground, or tie the flags onto your belt, pants, etc.
- What should I wear?
Answer: We highly encourage teams to dress-up. Show your solidarity with bright orange hunting vests, post-apocalyptic apparel, matching tutus… the crazier and more creative the better. The best costumes will be rewarded at the Celebration of Survivors.
FOR THE LIVING DEAD
- What time should I show up and how long will it take for make-up?
Answer: If you use our body paint artists, it will take 10-15 minutes per person. There will be plenty of artists, but the earlier you arrive, the better. Each year, we have a Zombie Procession right down the middle of Virginia City’s main street. That will be at high noon.
- What should I wear?
Answer: Dress the part. Zombies make the atmosphere of this event. You will be responsible for your own clothing and hair. The professional body paint artists can custom shred and bloody your clothes if you like. Just ask. You may also do your own make-up. It’s up to you. The best costumes will be rewarded at the Celebration of Survivors.
- Will I know the rules and where to go?
Answer: You will receive a private message from the Game Warden before The Hunt. Your full role in the game will only be known to you and your fellow zombies. The Hunters are being kept completely in the dark.
FOR THE SPECTATORS
- Can I volunteer?
Answer: Yes! We have several positions available. To register as a volunteer, please send us an email below.
- Can I come and watch?
Answer: Yes! Thousands of spectators flood the streets and general public areas to witness the spectacle that is Redrun. However, we ask you to stay out of the way! Trust us when we say, it is packed!
- Are spectators allowed to go to the Celebration of Survivors?
Answer: Yes, yes, and yes.