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New Obstacle for 2014: Monkey Business

monkey business yWe’re takin’ care of business, Monkey Style! Introducing the new obstacle for 2014: Monkey Business!

Monkey Business takes your childhood playground Monkey bars to a whole new level. It is a rectangular tower with meshed ropes to form ladders. Use these ropes to climb your way through to the other side. There’s even ropes on the top, so you can crawl across upside-down! Make sure you’ve been working out your arms, because you’ll need the strength to hold on tight. 

Also, don’t forget to give out a little “oo-oo, ah-ah” as you make your way across.

Help us make The Ultimate 5k Training Playlist and win a Foam Fest Tech-Tee!

Logo-headphoneMusic is proven to enhance your workout performance by up to 15%! We know those jams can help you move and groove, which is why we’re creating The Ultimate 5k Training Playlist. Though we’ve got our top choices, we need your help! We wanna know what tunes fuel your turbo mode and get you going. So enter your song for a chance to win a free T-Shirt from the 5k Foam Fest!

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5 Weeks to a 5k!

5 weeks to a 5k

So you may be a little rusty on the whole running thing. Whether it’s your first 5k or you haven’t been out to run lately because of this dreary winter, we want to make sure you are totally prepared for the 5k Foam Fest. The schedule will help you get from rest to a 5K in just 5 weeks! Here are some more tips and tricks to training before race day:

Strength training: Our race has obstacles, meaning you will be trudging through mud and climping up 2 story slides. Make sure you are strong enough for this!

Eat a balanced diet: Running is no fun when you feel weighed down by a jumbo burger, fries, and large soda. Make sure to skip the fats and obsessive carbs and get your veggie on.

Run with friends: If you don’t think you can do it by yourself, bring a friend. They can help motivate you to push farther than you have before!

Have Fun: Running is a lot better with a smile on your face, and who knows you might just make some friends along the way.

 

New Obstacles for 2014: The Festival Area- Get Free Tickets!

Have you ever read a book or watched a movie that you just didn’t want to end because it was so good? That’s how we think you’ll feel about Foam Fest. Good news! The fun doesn’t end after you run. After you take on the Death Drop, Lily Pads, and 15+ other obstacles, you and all your biggest fans are invited to the post race party in The Festival Area.

So what is the festival area? It’s filled with more obstacles, food, and merch so it’s pretty much a foamy carnival party. While you’re crawling in mud and sliding through foam, your friends and family can hang here till you meet up with them after the race. It’s the perfect way to let everyone- youngsters and grownups alike- get filthy clean with you on race day!

The best part of all, sign up today and get 14 FREE festival tickets (a $10 value!) with your registration.

Use the code: FESTIVAL

Check out a sneak peak at some of the obstacles coming in the festival area here!

The 6 People You’ll Meet at Foam Fest

  road runnerThe Road Runner- Sometimes we wonder if he ever stops running anywhere. From 5k’s to marathons, he’s there. You may even catch him jogging in place in the registration line. He brings the competition and will probably be the first one done in his heat. He gets the self-claimed title of winner, because at Foam Fest everyone gets a medal.freddie frat

Freddie Frat- The college kid, the party guy. He likes the foam that’s in his beer a little more than the foam on the course. Like Ke$ha, the party doesn’t start till he runs in. You’ll catch him with all of his friends, shot gunning a Mike’s Hard at the finish line.

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The New Girl- She may not have run a 5K before, but the thought of foam and obstacles was too enticing. She’ll let you go first at the top of the Death Drop, because she didn’t think the world record tall slide was really going to be that tall. The thought of all the mud scares her, but by the end of it she’ll love the new dirty look.mud gang

The Mud Mob- Forget the day at the spa, these gals are getting their mud baths at the Foam Fest. They are taking the day off from glamour and getting dirty. They come as a team to help each other in the foamy situations. Plus, you don’t truly know your friends until they are covered in foam.

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The Healthy Homemaker- She’s the Momma bear of family. While trying to keep track of Thing 1 and Thing 2, she’s finding activities that don’t involve video games and junk food for the family. Finally she can let the kids make mud pies and even join in on the fun too.

The Helpless Husband- Fortunately, he was dragged to the race by his wife, the Healthy Homemaker, but it turns out he ends up having a blast! His kids look up to him like a hero as he holds their hand through the mud pools and down the Death Drop. The Foam Fest gets him outta his comfort zone and into the world of active, foamy fun.

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!

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!

 

What about the family gift this year?

So we know that you have put in your fare share of time and money to think about what each one of your kids might want. New gadgets, a bike, sports equipment, clothes, toys and you could have even done the whole enchilada and bought them their first set of wheels! But what do you get the whole family and not break the bank? What could you all do together even if you have a 10 year old and a 20 year old? What about moms looking to do something fun and exciting with their daughters but don’t want the pounding headache after a loud concert?

what kind of gift can you give your family that doesnt cost you a small fortune?

When New Years comes around are you going to make some fitness goals that you may or may not keep up with come February? What if you were to make a fitness goal that involved the whole family? There are not many things that can involved that whole family!

You could give your family a gift that would allow for everyone to train together !

Have you thought about signing up for an 5k obstacle race as a family? You could plan one 6 months in advance and then use that as a goal for the whole family! You can train individual or together and but when the day of comes around you can do it as a team. This would allow for you to spend time while training for and then have a celebration as a family once the goal is completed! 

You can give your family the gift of foam this year!

Why not give your family a gift towards health and fitness this year? You could give you kids running shoes and slip their ticket in with it! This year you could give the gift of foam with the 5k foam fest.

4 Ways Obstacle Runs Can Help Gyms

1. Goals

personal goals are important to gyms so they can help know what they are looking for

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.

 

 

Austin 5k Foam Fest has arrived

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We are coming to you this weekend Austin. We have make the trek and brought our obstacles with us to make the last 5k Foam Fest of the year one of the best. There is plenty to look forward at stunt ranch! Check out some of these pics of us hard at work.

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Here is the moon walk obstacle. Check these out on our obstacle homepage.

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If you are running and haven’t checked out all the info so you can know before you go come by the website 5kfoamfest.com. There are still two days till the race so if you havent signed up for it find out how by going here. We are pumped for you to know what it is like to get filthy clean.