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Race Day Essentials: Your ultimate checklist for race day prep!

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Whoop Whoop! Race day is almost here but before you can gallivant through foam, climb the world’s tallest inflatable slide, and trudge through mud pits, there’s a few things you need to know!

What to Bring

  • ID
    • Everyone participating needs a valid form of identification, even the kiddos! For you adults, this means driver’s license, state ID, or passport! Kids can use a school ID or a copy of their birth certificate. We can’t let you run if we don’t know who you are!
  • The Waiver
    • Make sure you print out, sign, and bring the waiver with you to the race. You can find it by going to your race location page and scrolling down to the waiver tab. Each and every person participating in Foam Fest (including spectators) needs a copy that is signed and brought on race day, even if you signed the online waiver! There is a charge at the race if you forget this, so mark it as “very important” on your to-do list.
  • Money (Dolla Dolla Bills, Yo)
    • Make sure you bring some cash! Parking is $10 per vehicle, so try and carpool if you can. Plus you might want some extra dough for merch, food, drinks, or our sweet festival obstacles after the race.
  • A Change of Clothes, Towel, Plastic Bags
    • You’re about to get filthy clean, but we don’t have dryers, so you’ll still be wet. You’re going to want a change of clothes and a towel to dry off for the ride home. Grab a plastic bag to put your muddy shoes and wet clothes in too!
  • A Smile
    • There will be photographers all over the race, so make sure you pack those pearly whites. Plus, it’s impossible to have a bad time with a smile on your face.

What NOT to bring

  • Sharp Objects/Cleats
    • A lot of our obstacles are inflatables, including the Death Drop you’re looking forward to, so they can pop! Because of this, we don’t allow cleats or sharp objects of any kind on the course. You can leave the diamond earrings at home, because you’ll look like a gem after you get filthy clean. Also, stash your keys at Gear Check, its free!
  • Mp3′s/Electronics
    • You’re about to go on a muddy/wet adventure like the primitive era, you know, the one before cell phones, iPods, and MP3′s. While we wish technology was awesome enough to work everywhere, we won’t be responsible for any lost, damaged, or dirty electronics.
  • Pets
    • We know ol’ Fido loves mud and foam as much as your do, but pets will not be permitted on the course or in the festival area, or pretty much anywhere at the 5k Foam Fest.
  • Illegal Substances
    • You shouldn’t bring these anywhere, especially not the 5k Foam Fest.

BIB Pickup

Like an airport, we gotta check you in, so be sure to come at least ONE HOUR early to avoid lines. If you are one of those chronically late people, tell yourself you need to be there 2 hours early.

What to Wear

We said “Adventure Run” right? Well folks let’s get adventurous! You will be running in foam, mud and water so you’ll want something that can get muddy, wet, and allows you the freedom to move and groove. Costumes are the coolest but if you’re wearing one, please test it out before race day, we don’t want you running in a costume that’s just not working for you. Also your team shirt design sounds awesome, but remember there will be kids and families, so keep it appropriate. Note: We know your cleats help you get through the mud, but due to the fact that many of our obstacles are inflatables, cleats will not be permitted.

Still have questions?

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10 thoughts on “Race Day Essentials: Your ultimate checklist for race day prep!

  1. Hope McMaine

    I wear prescription glasses and cannot wear contacts. Any suggestions on what I could do? I am near sighted and really need to wear my glasses.

    Please help!

    Hope McMaine

    1. Teagan Shurtleff Post author

      Hey Hope! Not sure what kind of glasses you have, but maybe try and wear sunglasses over them? If not, wear your glasses and if you don’t feel comfortable on an obstacle, you can go around!

    1. Teagan Shurtleff Post author

      Hey Whitney! We’ll be sure to email this out to you the week before and the day before the race!

  2. Susan Carter

    Our race is May 31st. Will you all be emailing the waiver forms. I printed the one off of my registration but their is no signature line on this one.

    1. Teagan Shurtleff Post author

      We’ll make sure to email the final one to you a week before the race and the day before to remind you! It takes time to finalize the waiver because each venue has a different one depending on state laws, the venue, and other matters! Make sure you add to your contact list so you don’t miss out on this info!

  3. alicia williams

    When i click on the waiver button nothing happens. How can i get the Waiver? kinda want to print it now so i dont forget about it and while i have access to a computer and printer.

    thank you

    1. Teagan Shurtleff Post author

      Hey Alicia! It takes some time for us to finalize the waivers because each venue requires different variations of the waiver depending on state laws, the location, and other matters! Lots of these things don’t come up until closer to the race to be finalized. We’ll be sure to email you a link to the waiver a week before the race and the day before to remind you, so make sure you add to your contact list so you don’t miss these emails!

  4. Kimberly Mack

    Hi I entered myself and a friend. My grandson is 12 and is running the foam fest with us. As I’m not his legal guardian I didn’t sign him up at the same time. My daughter signed him up the next day hut my time slot was filled so she signed him up 10 minutes before my time. How can I fix it so he is with me?


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