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5K run to feature mud, water and unusual obstacles

| Saturday, June 8, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Two competitors finish the death drop portion of the 5k Foam Fest
A runner emerges from a sea of foam during a previous 5k Foam Fest competition

Mud and obstacle runs seem to be everywhere these days, so when the people at Utah-based Round House Racing decided to produce a series of their own, they wanted to come up with something that would help them stand out from the rest.

They settled on foam.

The Foam Fest 5K run will take place at Camp Lutherlyn in Butler on Saturday, June 15.

Obstacles include a 50-foot, foam-filled slip and slide, something called the bouncy ball attack, described on the web site as, “Imagine the world is being invaded by aliens who are chasing you through a Big O Tire store while shooting projectiles at your head… it's kinda like that,” and the death drop, a giant, inflatable slide that's 150 feet long and three stories tall.

Think Wipeout meets Double Dare, said Round House Racing's Kara Vincent.

“It's a running event with obstacles, but our owners wanted to make it more fun than hard and grueling,” Vincent said. “It's a realistic thing where you can grab your friends or your family of all ages and go have fun.”

Foam Fest races generally include anywhere from 15 to 30 obstacles and include standard obstacle course fare such as 5- and 8-foot walls to climb over and barbed wire to crawl under. One called the body washer looks like going through a car wash and the aqua lily pad obstacle is just how it sounds — runners will try to stay out of the water by running across foam pads. Racers are free to skip anything they don't feel comfortable doing, but should expect to encounter lots of water, mud and — of course — foam.

People can run in teams or individually, and it's common to see lots of people in costume.

The course isn't open to children nine years old or younger, and kids between 10 and 15 must run with a registered adult. There is a foam pit and bouncy house for children nine and younger. The event is also spectator friendly.

“The start and finish lines are relatively close together and the death drop is usually one of the last obstacles, and that's really fun to watch people come down,” Vincent said. “And the finish line is actually a slip and slide so everyone comes out full of foam.”

Registration is still open and, along with more information on the race, can be found at 5kfoam fest.com.

Karen Price is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach her at kprice@tribweb.com or via Twitter @KarenPrice_Trib.

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