Race of the Month: 5K Foam Fest
The 5k Foam Fest in Pittsburgh, PA happens on June 15. It boasts obstacles galore, including a deep and sludgy mud pit, a 30-foot slip n’ slide and a ‘Bouncy Ball Bash’ that appears to be constructed out of dozens of Hippity Hop Balls suspended by pool noodles. Oh, and there are bubbles. If you’ve often dreamed about running inside a washing machine, now’s your chance.
The race follows a 5K course through Camp Lutherlyn that includes 14 obstacles. You are advised to come dressed to run, crawl, climb and fight through the mud. Runners will be released in heats starting at 8:40 am. Race organizers recommend that you arrive an hour before your start time because you will need to pick up your bib on race day.
The official rules state that you must “agree to not inhale or ingest mud, foam, or any part of the course,” so be sure to eat a pre-race meal before you arrive. The rules also state that you “agree to not urinate or defecate anywhere other than designated areas.” So… if that’s your thing, stay away from this race. Um, maybe just stay out of public in general. Serious.
Register for the Foam Fest online, and if you’re not near Western Pennsylvania, you shouldn’t have to roam too far to get your foam fix - there are 12 more scheduled races in the next five months. Children over the age of 10 can race when accompanied by a registered adult, so sign up as a family for a day of good, “clean” fun.