I was given a fee entry in the Foam Fest 5k in Washington, DC through my association with Fit Approach & Sweat Pink. All opinions are my own.
This was my first “Mud Run” obstacle course race. I am referring to the Foam Fest as a mud run because it was about 90% mud and 10% foam. I was really excited to this because it is so different than anything I normally do. I knew this would be way out of my comfort zone. I honestly have never been this dirty in my life!! I realized as we were driving there that I got my nails done the day before (ok and a pedicure too) -who does that?! Me!
Obstacle course races are definitely more fun with friends and I brought 3 from my MRTT group including my co-leader Alex (Lexielovestorun) and my 14 yo son. This race was a little farther away than we thought so we got there just in time to start our wave. The waves were small, about 40 people, which was a plus and we did start by running through a small burst of foam. We were off to tackle 10 obstacles. Because we were told not to bring our phones or cameras along, I don’t have photos of us doing the actual obstacles. These photos are borrowed from the Foam Fanatics website and Pinterest. They had photographers randomly scattered on the course.
Crawling through the bungee cords in the first pic was easy but the second one was a little tricky. It was full of mud and you could not see the rocks underneath. We scraped up our knees and elbows a bit. We continued on the trail through the woods. Obviously each location will vary on the conditions. The DC race was a mostly uneven, wooded terrain something I was not used to at all. It was very muddy and slippery at points and I was hoping not to twist my ankle. People were slipping and sliding quite a bit.
The log roll was fun and not hard at all. As you can see not much foam.
The “LILY Pad” was fun but our race was a mud pond that my friend, Louise, and my son fell right into. Hilarious! The wooden boards we had were similar to these but higher off of the ground. Also not too hard but challenging enough to feel like I was working. There was also a cargo net type obstacle which was a little tougher. I wore an old pair of bike gloves and I was glad I did. The ropes and the boards were rough on the hands.
This was the scariest obstacle for me as I am not that good with heights. This baby was high off of the ground. We had to crawl up the left side grasping at the rungs and then slide down the water slide. I screamed my head off on the way down to the amusement of my son. At the finish line there was another burst of foam to run through.
-This was a ton of fun to do with friends & family. My son had a blast!
-The obstacles were challenging enough to feel like you got a work out
-It was well organized at the check in
-The waves were small and we did not run into any sort of back up
-1 free Mike’s Hard Lemonade was included for each entrant over 21
-There were hoses to wash off at the end
-Plenty of port a potties and changing area
-They provide free pictures on their website 1-2 weeks after the race
-The shirts and the medals are very nice
-It is very expensive ($70-90) so this might prohibit families from doing it together
-It really is a mud run and not a foam run
-There were only 2 photographers so we did not get that many pictures of really great times
-They only had water and 1 type of protein bar at the finish. I would have preferred some bananas or another option.
-There is a $10 charge to park in a field
This is our after picture after the hose down
What might I do differently?
-bring a disposable, waterproof camera to capture the fun stuff
-bring a large trash bag to put our clothes in
-wear a pair of trail shoes for more traction
-I would bring my own water to carry on course-it was a hot day and I could have used more
Would I do it again? Absolutely!
It was a fun, different way to get a workout in. Having my friends and my son with me made all the difference. We had lots of laughs and it was great to step out of my comfort zone (something I don’t do too often!) Oh and I know you are wondering-I made it through without breaking a nail whew!
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