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5 Ways to Maximize Your Fun at the Foam Fest 5k!

We know what you’re thinking, how could the Foam Fest get any more fun? Well here are a few suggestions to make your awesome weekend, extremely awesome!

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1)      Bring your friends- What’s more fun than slip n’ sliding your way through a foamy obstacle course? Doing it with your friends! Even if they don’t run the race, we have an all new festival area for your biggest fans. Plus, as you get down and dirty, you’ll want someone there to have dry clothes and take pictures for you.

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2)      Make a weekend out of it- Did you know all of our venues have a host hotel you get a discount at through the 5k Foam Fest! If you’re coming from far away or just need to get out of the city for the weekend, grab some friends and stay at the hotel near the venue! Even better, you won’t have to clean your own shower after you wash off all the mud! You can find the host hotel by going here (http://www.5kfoamfest.com/Home/Locations then clicking on your venue, then lodging.

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3)      Come in costume- Halloween doesn’t have to be the only day of the year you get to dress up. Foam Fest is all about the crazy costumes. Last year we had everything from a wedding couple, to loofas and super heroes! What will we see you in this year?

Advice: Practice running in your costume and know how the fabric feels when it gets wet. You won’t want to be stuck on race day in a costume that is just not working for you.

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4)      Training- The 5K Foam Fest is for beginners and hard core runners alike, but it’s going to be a lot more fun if you start exercising before race day. Don’t get stuck in the mud (literally) on race day as you try to cross the treacherous mud pits or balance on the log roller. Get training and you are sure to do better on race day.

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5)      Take before and after pictures- A picture is worth a thousand words but having fun is worth a million! We want to see how foamtastically dirty you get, so take pictures before and after and post them on Instagram with the hashtag “#5kfoamchallengeCITYNAME”! We’ll pick one winner from each location to get free Foam Fest gear! *The city name will change depending on the city your event is in. Stay tuned on race day to find out your specific hashtag!

We know, it seems impossible to get even better, but using these tips you can make Foam Fest the highlight of your year! Can’t wait to see you there!

New Obstacle for 2014: The Body Washer

Foam Fest is a mud run and you can count on getting a dirty, but were announcing an obstacle that will leave you a little cleaner! This is what happens when you mix The Foam Fest 5K and a car wash. We present: The Body Washer!

The Body Washer is a tunnel with three sections that simulate a car washing cycle. First, soap up by entering a room of pure foam. Then scrub down as you run through a maze of sponges as taller than you. Finally, your invited to rinse off at the mini pool party at the end. Bring your rubber ducky because getting cleaner hasn’t been this fun since your 5 year old self took a bubble bath! Scrubba-dub-dub.

Note: The Body Washer is not to be used to replace a real shower after the race. You will still have dirt between your toes, mud behind your ears, and we know your Mother raised you better than that.

How you can change the world this year by running!

Was this year’s resolution to be a little less selfish and a little more giving? So you gave a bum a dollar, and you think you have done your good deed for the year. Well we know you can do more to help by doing something you already love: Running!

You know that awesome after-run endorphin filled feeling you get?  What if we told you that it can feel even better?

The Solution: Running for a cause.

Charities are always looking for donations. Whether it is a couple hours of your time, a few cans of food, or that over-sized coat you bought 4 years ago and have only worn once. These are all valuable to charities, but like any business, even more valuable is money. Charities need money to fund their projects from building schools to finding cures for cancer. That’s why running for a cause is one of the most charitable things you can do this year.

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The Foam Fest 5K is not only about fitness and fun, but also philanthropy! We want to help those in need. That’s why a large part of our proceeds this year will be going to A Child’s Hope Foundation and other local charities. By running in Foam Fest, you are also helping build orphanages for children.

Most runs donate to charities, but if they don’t, pick a cause you are most passionate about and ask people to sponsor you. Ask family, friends, coworkers and even businesses to help you raise money by running. It’s a good way to make friends and be part of a greater good.

We hope that this year you choose to run not only for yourself, but for those in need by running for a cause. It’s sure to make your runner’s high even higher and change the world one step at a time!

 

1st of 6 NEW Obstacles for 2014- The Log Roll

We are bent on making everything bigger and better. Sometimes that requires us to do something completely new all together. Instead of thinking that our ideas were the best thing since indoor plumbing, we went to you, our fans, looking for new obstacle ideas. Here is one of the six new obstacles that we totally bought into.

 Thank you Shelly Rollins for inspiring… the Log Roll

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This baby will inspire a little more tree hugging from everyone. Once you get to the platform you’ll find yourself face to face with a 24’ foot long steel pipe wrapped in Styrofoam. Get your hug on cuz there is no other way across the pond beneath. Try walking across but we warned you to wear your water wings! While it is something that your average joe (no offense joe) can do, we can promise that it will be a challenge to even you endurance tree huggers!

5k Foam Fest teams up with A Child’s Hope Foundation for 2014

We’re pumped to announce the charity that we are supporting with the proceeds from our 2014 season! While the CEO graciously offered to paid for everyone here at Round House to change their middle name to foam, we decided to leave it to our mantra to tell about who we are. Fun,Fitness and Philanthropy. 

While a lot of time put into where our funds would be best used A Child’s Hope Foundation came to our attention

This is the new charity that the 5k Foam Fest is supporting this year

Along with being vigilant about the funds they receive,they have a great story to tell:

In 1997 Paul and Carolene adopted a beautiful girl from China and named her Megan. In 2001, the agency through which Megan was adopted came to the Cooks and asked them to donate to improve a poor orphanage in Haiti. The Cooks donated the money and thought little more about it.

A few months later, the agency returned and asked Paul if he would like to accompany the agency on a trip to Haiti so he could see what his donation meant in a personal sense.

Paul said, “It was only then, when I saw the desperate plight of orphans in Haiti, that I knew that I needed to do more than just donate money. I needed to personally get to work on this problem and help save the lives of these kids. We named our charity ‘A Child’s Hope Foundation’ because we believe it is every orphan’s hope to belong to a loving family.”

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Come by their Facebook and see what they are all about!

 

We are pledging a portion of every race entry to go towards building a new orphanage. We hope that you will join us in supporting this stellar organization and exemplar cause! 

4 Winter Extreme Sports to Check Out

We thought you could use some inspiration on how to spend your winter months waiting for it to warm up for the Foam Fest! The word extreme may not mean as much these days but we can guarantee you that you will have a blast even just watching these videos. These are just 4 winter extreme sports but we are sure we could add at least a dozen more!

#1- Snow Kayaking

Equipped with a paddle, craft and helmet, snow kayakers take to some of the steepest slopes in the world to see what it would be like if the whitewater rapids they traverse in the spring, summer and fall were frozen over and coated with several feet of snow. Interested in having a go? No special equipment is required and paddles are still used to steer, but beware: mixing waxed-up kayaks with snow and ice results in some seriously fast cruising. The potential for injury is high, so start off on hills to get your bearings before taking the plunge on rock-laden trails.

#2 Shovel Racing

Did you know that they used to have this in the winter X games. It made a television debut in 1997 but when there was a racer that suffered a broken sternum, bruised heart and a fractured pelvis they decided to not have it on the x games again. The hot bed for your shovel racing adventure can be found at Angel Fire Resort in New Mexico. Spandex is not required but if you have we recommend you use it!

#3 Speed Flying

Born in France this is one wicked way to do your skiing. Can you imagine looking for the cliffs because you know you could sail off of them!? This is in the same league as skydiving and BASE jumping and be careful because this is risky business. The sport is taking off in Switzerland and Austria  with Italy and Germany catching up. So if you are near any mountains check out to see if you have a Speed Flying club nearby so that you can at least talk to the pros to see if its something that you want to try out. Otherwise you can find a score more of videos and live the extreme life through your screen and live to see another day.

#4 – Ice Cross Downhill

Crashed Ice (Red Bull Crashed Ice) is a world tour in the winter extreme sporting event, ice cross downhill (or downhill ice cross), which involves downhill skating in an urban environment, on a track which includes steep turns and high vertical drops. It is sponsored by Red Bull. It is similar to ski cross and snowboard cross, except with ice skates on an ice track, instead of skis or snowboards on a snow track. February is your month Minnesota so get ready!

4 Ways Obstacle Runs Can Help Gyms

1. Goals

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The axiom comes to mind that “goals are dreams with deadlines.” You are in the dream business. Every single member of your gym has come there with a goal in mind.Lose weight, build muscle, look better for someone they love, prolong their life, improve on their self image, do something meaningful with a friend and the list goes on. With your members having a specific goal like training for an obstacle race, this provides an invaluable opportunity for them to see you as a friend helping them get closer to their goals.

2. Unify members

We know you are a bonafide Einstein when when it comes to knowing that when people get in groups they are more likely to do something. Doing something is great for business and also great for building camaraderie among members. These types of events can also become gateway experiences that culminate someone moving from one physical fitness level to another. Avoidance is hard when you know that you are standing someone up. Get them training in groups with something like the Foam Fest. Everyone could use a reminder that “If you avoid difficult things, great things will avoid you.”

3. Generate a sincere interest in customer

We are avoiding cliches but this one is entirely applicable. “They don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Imagine that a complete stranger at work came up to you and started asking you about your goals. Suppose those goals were attached to insecurities that you have? Would you tell them everything you were thinking knowing that they were apathetic as to wanting to see you succeed?

Why would trainers that ask members their goals be any different? Their goal to do a Obstacle Run for example, gives you a chance to check in and talk about something that would excite them rather than bring a crushing feeling of being overwhelmed. Fun is definitely fitness’s best friend.

4. Ability to create personalized  training plans

Instead of plans that were made to be generic members need to have personal plans made for them

What if you looking on the tag of everything you owned at instead of “made in china” or other obscure countries it said “made for you”? When something was created with only us in mind it almost makes it feel a little bit like Houdini had a hand in it because it’s magic. The more details that scream us, the more likely that we will buy into it. Even if the price calls for discomfort like a grueling workout, or an absence of sleep. That plan becomes our graduation certificate just waiting to be signed. The goal of an obstacle run allows you the chance to craft this plan for your clients and watch their faces light up when the tag says “made for you”. Personal plans are like capes, it can make anyone feel like a super hero.

 

 

5 Steps to Motivate yourself with Mike’s Hard Lemonade

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If mud, foam, obstacles, friends, foam and foam are not enough motivation to get you up and training in preparation for the 5k Foam Fest  then it looks like it’s time to pull our secret motivation weapon…Mike’s Hard Lemonade! When added with the basic 5k preparation steps you have all the motivation you need!

Step one: Register for the 5k Foam Fest nearest you at 5kfoamfest.com

We know this one is a doozy, sitting on ones rear end while trying to recall dates such as your birthday can be tough. So now it’s time to reward yourself with a Mike’s Hard Smashed Apple Cider!

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Step two: Make sure you have the right gear, such as, running shoes!

Running Competitor gives 5 fool proof steps to making sure you get the correct running shoes

1-Visit a local running store to have your gait analyzed based on your foot type and biomechanics.

2- Choose which feel is right for you.

3- Make sure you have a half to a full thumb’s nail length from your big toe to the end of the shoe.

4- Before buying, take a short run around the store to test the fit, function and comfort before you make your final purchase.

5-To prevent injuries replace your shoes every 300 to 400 miles depending on the surface that you run.

**Just in case you have had a few too many Mike’s (is there really such a thing as too many?!?!) before trying to tie your new shoes here is a song to help you along!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqBXyF1wHVk

Or if drinking evokes super human skills for you, you can tie your shoe like this!

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Step Three: Find a good running buddy or group.

Step Four: Run!!

Run at least three days a week and gradually increase your time and distance to build endurance.

Step Five: Rest and Hydrate

No one expects you to be ready for a 5k over night. Take your time and build up your endurance and make sure to rest and hydrate between running sessions.

** May we suggest a Mike’s Frozen Pouch?!

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3 Reasons to Grab a Clif Bar

 

Our answer to your pressing nutrition question is this: eat Clif Bars. Because we sure do. If you want to be cool like the people who put on the Foam Fest (trust us, you do), follow in our footsteps. If following blindly isn’t your thing though (weird), here are 3 legitimate reasons you should eat Clif bars before, during, or after your 5K Foam Fest.

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1) The Ingredients. Clif is all about organic, good for you ingredients. Here in the Foam Fest office, a lot of detail goes into each and every aspect of what we do. We really appreciate companies who do the same thing- and Clif is a perfect example of that. They take a lot of pride to make sure that their ingredients aren’t treated with “toxic pesticides” or “synthetic chemicals”. Clif Food Philosophy  This not only helps the earth, but also your body. On top of that, things aren’t processed, there are no hydrogenated oils, trans fats, or high fructose corn syrup. You can feel good fueling with one of these bad boys, because you know every little thing they put in their bars is good for you. We dig that.

 

2) The Flavors.  The best thing about the running/racing world is the people. We all possess a sense of adventure, fearlessness, a willingness to take chances, and a love of sweet swag. That being said, we have different tastes and personalities! As we should! The different personalities the 5K Foam Fest attracts makes everything fun- we wouldn’t have a great race without it. Good thing Clif has just as many flavors of bars as we have racing personalities.

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Are you a focused, in the zone racer? Your goal is to PR and launch over that 8 Foot Wall like Superman (or Batman..or Ironman…whatever floats your boat). Perhaps try the Clif Shot in Chocolate. It tastes like the inside of a chocolate lava cake, but you can slurp it down quickly with minimal impediment to your run. It’s no-nonsense, delicious, and powerful. Just like you.

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Are you more laid back? Life’s not about the destination, but the journey? Try the Original Clif Bars. They have traditional flavors like Chocolate Chip and Crunchy Peanut Butter, but also wild streaks in the form of Carrot Cake, White Chocolate Macadamia, and the mildly caffeinated Peanut Toffee Buzz. They take a little longer to chew, so you’re going to have to slow down between the Aqua Lily Pads and the Moonwalk to throw one down. Having said that, they’re worth it, because heaven knows they taste like heaven. Also, if you’re an Autumn/pumpkin freak like us, they have a seasonal Spiced Pumpkin Pie flavor. Oh, baby. Get in my body.

What? You don’t fit into those two categories? Have no fear, check out the rest of Clif’s considerable and delectable flavors here. All of Clif’s flavors.

 

3) The Focus.  At the 5K Foam Fest, we can’t emphasize how often we think about our racers. What do they like? What do they want? What can we do to help? Clif asks these exact same questions in relation to the people who eat their products. They’re constantly re-evaluating how they can make their product better, whether that be in taste or nutrition. The Soul of Clif Bar We both want people to love being involved with us, and love how our products make them feel. Clif and the 5K Foam Fest are united in the quest to do good and feel good. So what are you waiting for? Eat Clif bars all day long and conquer your next 5K Foam Fest, filthy clean style!

 

Top 5 Reasons to Take a Barre Class before Running the 5k Foam Fest

Top 5 Reasons to Take a Barre Class before Running the 5k Foam Fest

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Obstacle races are definitely a fun way to get out, have fun, and stay active. But preparing for them often leaves people stumped. How do you train for something that involves running, climbing over walls, and crawling through mud?

While there are many different training techniques and prep programs, here’s 5 reasons why we feel a barre class is a great way to prep for getting filthy clean:

1.     Barre workouts are high intensity and low impact. For those unfamiliar with barre workouts, they’re basically an hour long, full body workout combining exercises from ballet, pilates, sports conditioning, and stretching. This type of workout is perfect for someone looking to prevent injury while training for a 5k. The high intensity will help you build the stamina and strength needed to conquer obstacles throughout the course, without the risk of injury that other high impact workouts provide.

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barre class helps build your upper body that will get you ready for the 5k foam fest

2.     They help with upper body strength. When you’re facing your first set of 8 foot walls on the course, you’ll want to make sure you have the strength and stamina to climb up and over. Most barre workouts incorporate some light weights to help with building and maintaining upper body strength. Not only will this help on the course, but it’s a great way to achieve those toned, sexy arms we all want!

3.     They help work out those inner thighs. At the Foam Fest you’ll be using your legs a lot! From running to leaping over those 5 foot walls, leg strength and endurance is a must. Most barre classes offer an “Inner Thigh Intensive” class that will get your thighs in mud run shape!

4.     They build core strength, flexibility, and endurance. Core strength and flexibility will both come in handy conquering some of the obstacles on the course. And with 3.1 miles of trail in front of you, endurance is a definite must!

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barre workout will help strengthen your core

5.     You’ll make friends with similar fitness goals. One of the first things we’ve learned about fitness in general is that it’s funner to do with friends! Whether you’re facing the 50 foot slip n’ slide or sweating it out in the gym to get rid of the baby weight, it’s super helpful to have someone at your side to give you motivation when you need an extra push.

So before your next Foam Fest, get out to a barre class and try it out. You’ll definitely get a workout, and you might also find some new friends as willing as you are to dive face first into foam!