How Fast Do You Need To Run To Escape From A Zombie?

4 Sep

This is a common question in any discussion about surviving a zombie outbreak and it’s often broken down into a consideration of whether you’re up against the newer fast zombies (often typified by those in 28 Day Later) or the older slow zombies (as found in the original 1978 version Dawn of the Dead).

This, however, is a dangerous oversimplification and if I’ve learned anything from all those zombie documentaries I’ve watched, such as the ones mentioned above (they are documentaries, aren’t they?), it’s that the undead in different zombie outbreaks move at speeds which fall across a continuum rather than into a simplistic slow-fast dichotomy. So, therefore, does the speed you need to go at to out-run them.

With all these different zombie possibilities out there (I think they must be caused by different strains of the zombie disease or something), you can’t guarantee that if you find yourself in the middle of a zombie outbreak you’ll be up against ones you can just saunter away from.

Zombies don't just come in fast and slow varieties. Instead, they can move at all sorts of different paces depending on where they come from. So then, does the speed you need to move to get away from them. Use this handy zombie-speed check diagram to help work out how fast you need to run to escape any zombies you meet.

Zombies don’t just come in fast and slow varieties. Instead, they can move at all sorts of different paces depending on where they come from. So then, does the speed you need to move to get away from them. Use this handy zombie-speed check diagram to help work out how fast you need to run to escape any zombies you meet.

So to help you survive, I’ve put together this handy zombie speed-check diagram. Just line up the speed any zombies you meet can move at on the outside and the scale in the middle will tell you how fast you will need to move to escape. It really is that simple to use.

I’ve added data I’ve extracted from those documentaries I was talking about to the diagram to help you work out where your particular zombies fall on this scale.

I recommend you cut this diagram out (it’s easy to do, just take some scissors and clip around the dotted line on the screen – don’t worry about leaving a hole in my blog, I’ll replace it with a new copy later) and keep it with you at all times. After all, you never know when the dead might rise.


Now, I’m off for a run to help me get in shape, just in case I find myself in a zombie outbreak where the undead are Zombieland speed or higher. After all remember the Cardio rule!



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From the author of For Those In Peril On The Sea, a tale of post-apocalyptic survival in a world where zombie-like infected rule the land and all the last few human survivors can do is stay on their boats and try to survive. Now available in print and as a Kindle ebook. Click here or visit www.forthoseinperil.net to find out more. To download a preview of the first three chapters, click here.

To read the Foreword Clarion Review of For Those In Peril On The Sea (where it scored five stars out of five) click here.

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