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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.
The Original Stache Dasher
Ah, the sweet month of November has come to a close, and mustaches abound. But what, you might ask, is responsible for this proliferation of fine mustachery? Movember
. The Movember movement began in 2003 in Melbourne, Australia with a handful of men and women who had a vision to raise awareness and funds for frequently ignored men’s health issues, like prostate and testicular cancer. Movember has grown into a global movement, with almost a million registrants raising over one hundred million dollars.
So how does it work? Participants register with Movember as a Mo Bro or Mo Sista and raise funds for Movember. If you’re a Mo Bro, then you kick off November with a nice, clean shave, and proceed to grow a mustache for the entire month of November. Men seek out sponsors who will support their ‘stache-growing endeavor in order to raise funds. While Mo Sistas do not sprout fuzzy upper lips, they support their Mo Bros and play a vital role in the raising of awareness and funds during the month of November.
The organization supports The Prostate Cancer Foundation, the LIVESTRONG Foundation and various campaigns to raise awareness of men’s health issues.
At the beginning of December, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas are encouraged to celebrate their glorious month of mustache growing and supporting with a party or event. One group of runners in NYC organized the Stache Dash NYC. The underground, philanthropic group holds “flash dashes” once a month. They are similar to flash mobs, but for runners.
The Stache Dash NYC is a 5k “fun run” that took place in the East Village on December first. Participants could sport their bitchin’ staches for the casual run, and then enjoy a beer with friends at the finish. The event raised hundreds of dollars for charity. We’d love to see more Stache Dashes across the country next year – now’s the perfect time to start planning one in your community. And remember, you only have 332 days until Movember will once again be upon us!