|Ready to rock the course
|Pre-race with the ladies
|Midwest Vikings, pre-race
Next up was the "Wobble Walk". Apparently we were supposed to walk on top of the posts to make our way across. None of the volunteers made this clear and we all ended up just walking between them before climbing out of the pit. On my way out of this obstacle I had a less than graceful slide down the tarp and ended up with some gnarly bouncy house burn as I like to call it.
The course winded through some gravel roads and around the parking lot for quite some time before reaching the next obstacle. There weren't any mile markers so I'm not really sure where anything was according to distance on the course. It was also a little tricky following the path when the whole parking lot had cones everywhere and we didn't have anyone in front of us to follow. I saw a few people just skipping the course altogether and jumping from obstacle to obstacle.
Once we were back into the parking lot after the course detour through the gravel path we hit the next obstacle, "The Bouncy Bridge". You climb up a ramp and at the top it has a sign saying "jump here" and truth be told I wasn't sure if I would actually make it from that spot to the first giant bouncy ball because it was so far. It seemed like the ramp was a separate inflatable piece than the balls and I wonder if I would have stepped on the crack if I would have fallen through, thankfully I never found out. I took in a deep breathe, took a flying leap and prayed for survival. I'm not even sure what happened next. I know I hit the bouncy ball and what seemed an alarming rate, flew back into the sky, did some sort of flip (that's what my teammates tell me, I have no recollection of said flip) and landed against the side of the bouncy house. Once I regained my composure I swiftly made my exit from the bouncy balls or terror.
|Getting "whacked" by the wall
|spring through the freezing water
|Exiting the obstacle
The finish line was pretty anticlimactic. No one there but our own spectators and some kiddie pools filled with water bottles. Sort of a let down after a 5k with only 5 obstacles. This race should have either been much shorter or included more obstacles. Some kind of post-race party would have also been nice. It wasn't the worst race ever, but they certainly have much room for improvement if they continue to put this race on.
|My running buddies for the race
|post-race (notice beer is missing)
|As many Midwest Vikings we could find at the end