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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!

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 Running a 5K Can Actually Improve Your Career This Year

images It’s a New Year and after hearing this past years performance review, you might be more determined to do better than ever this year. It’s a little known secret that daily exercise can help make you more successful. In fact, in a 5 year study by Tom Corley says that wealthy people exercise 3 to 4 times a week. No, you probably won’t get a million dollar bonus or become Apple’s CEO just because you can run 3.1 miles, but the habit of running and exercise helps you become your best, which will help you get that raise or promotion.  The following are benefits that running a 5K can have on your career:

Stress Relief- Work can be stressful. Let’s rephrase that, work IS stressful. Unless you get paid to watch Netflix or play with kittens, it’s likely you will deal with some sort of stress at work. Dealing with this stress day after day, hour after hour, isn’t helping your health or letting you think as clearly, and this is affecting your success. Daily exercise allows you to take a break, sweat out the bad and start anew with a clear mind. Bonus tip: Listen to “Hakuna Matata” as you stretch post-workout.

Happier- Do you roll out of bed and dread going to work? Well consider exercising your new morning happy pill! Recommended Dosage: 30 minutes, once a day, 5 days a week. That’s a doctor’s note you don’t have to struggle to read. Exercising can boost your mood for hours, which will help dealing with angry customers (or bosses!) that much easier. In the words of Bob Marley, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy!”

Raises Confidence- Exercising helps you look better, which helps you feel better, which helps you do better. Walk into important presentations feeling like people are listening to what you say, not staring at the rolls that may have gotten a little bigger than you wanted over Christmas. There isn’t time for middle school awkwardness in the workplace. Having confidence will help you to work harder and present yourself better, which is a golden key to success.

Overall, we know that exercise can only benefit you, not only in your health but in your career. Be more successful than ever this year by exercising to relieve stress, be happier, and raise your confidence!

Instagram Trends to Leave in 2013

The New Year means a new you, so shouldn’t your Instagram profile reflect your new persona?

2013 was a good year. You traveled somewhere tropical, you bought a new cute dress, you saw a beautiful sunset, and let’s guess, you probably Instagrammed each of these moments. Your friends absolutely needed to see your toes in the sand, the adorable bow on the back of your dress, and the sunset that faded an odd hue of orange. You probably even made a Flipgram of pictures from throughout the year on January 1st, 2014. But times are changing and your Instagram should too.

barack-obama-selfie-1024x768 Limit the Selfies- You looked really good today, as you did yesterday, the day before that, and you probably will tomorrow too. Selfie may have been the word of the year for 2013 and yes, even Obama is doing it, but it’s time to move on from the mirror pics and the duck lips on social media. Remember your profile represents your life. We don’t need to see that you got ready today again. There is one exception though, a selfie of you covered in foam running a 5K, because that’s more than a selfie, it’s a healthy.

xl_2874_food-photography-tp-1 Food- That burger and fries looks delicious, but were stuck at work till 6 and without lunch today, so the jealousy is more anger of how hungry we are than how jealous we are of your life. If you baked a giant cake and decorated it like a burger, that’s awesome and we want to see it, if not, leave the McDonald’s menu to yourself.

 

download SMS Conversations- “LOL, <3 you” and “LOL, love you too” isn’t really pertinent to anyone else other than the person who the conversation was with originally. That’s why it was a text message between just you two in the first place. It’s not that we don’t care, it’s just that, well, we really don’t care.

2014 is bound to be full of tons of new experiences, laughs, and adventures, just make sure you don’t fall into the cliché traps of selfies, food, and text messages. Also be sure to follow the Foam Fest 5K’s Instagram, @5kfoamfest.

5 Tips to Stay in Shape during the Holidays

There are plenty of reasons why you could become lax on your holiday marathon between holidays. Not only is it cold outside in most places but the amount of school/work/family parities just got squared. So that being said, all of your vigilance or ignorance to pay off or cost you. Here are 5 tips to stay in shape and will make you feel on top of it all including the best present you could give yourself…healthy habits.

In order to stay in shape during the holidays it is important that you do not skip meals

Tip # 1- Don’t skip any meals before the big one- if there is one guarantee to overeat it would be to compensate for the ones that you lost out on. Moral: the uno card skip has nothing to do with breakfast. Don’t miss breakfast! Balanced meals with actually be excellent at helping you stay in shape.

To have healthy habits during the holidays it is important that you schedule your exercise so not to miss it when things get busy

Tip # 2- SCHEDULE a walk or get enough exercise to break a sweat. Good intentions are like crying babies, they should be carried out – Mark Twain. The holidays will get crazy and so only if it’s planned will you actually go on a walk. Exercise will keep you appetite in check as well.

To have healthy habits during the holidays one tip is to control the size of servings that you give yourself

Tip # 3- Portions are everything. This is where the “my eyes are bigger than my stomach” clique comes into the picture. Scan down the entire spread so that you know what to plan space ahead for. Half a spoonful of everything will definitely fill up a plate. And think about the plates that you are using. Traditionally the nice flatware is going to be twice the size of a normal plate! Visualize what you want on your plate before you start dishing yourself up.

One healthy habit to have is always to drink plenty of water especially during a meal

Tip # 4- Hydrate as much as possible. Plain old fashion water will do it. Juices are where all the calories are at and enough alcohol will make you eat more than you normally would. A tip is 2 cups of water for every plate of food will give you a great balance. If you are having multiple beverages pour you water first do you don’t forget about it. Water will also help with filling you up so that you don’t eat too much food.

a healthy habit to have is not to eat too much in one sitting. Do not feel like you are going to offend anyone by not eating everything or just get smaller portions to avoid that

Tip # 5- Eat until you are satisfied. You aren’t a turkey so don’t stuff yourself! There are plenty of us that feel that we have to at least finish what is on our plate. False. No one will miss the food. If we start out small we can measure it out so as to get the right amount to feel satisfied.

Staying in shape during the holidays may feel overwhelming as a whole but as you break it up into small action items then you’ll begin to understand how its done. These are just a few tips but definitely find the ones that work best for you.

Happy Holidays from Round House Racing!