Ready, Set, Bounce!
When: May 27, 2017 Where: Spruce Grove, AB
Sometimes you run to push yourself to the limit. Sometimes you run to say you did it. Sometimes you run to prove to yourself just what you are capable of. And sometimes… you run just for pure family fun. The Mega Bounce Run today was all fun.
Obstacle races come in 2 varieties these days. There are the ones that challenge you: Mud Hero, Spartan, Tough Mudder; and their are the ones that get the whole family to laugh and forget that they are also being active: Color Me Rad, Foam Fest, and now Mega Bounce Run.
My daughter and I started in the first heat today and it was not crowded at all. We picked up our shirts and then checked out the obstacles and waited for the event to begin. It was a nice warm day and we were pumped to get our bounce on.
The course was 2.5k and there were 10 inflatable obstacles, so to get the full 5K in, we got to do 2 loops. Normally I am not a fan of looped courses, but today was different. Today it meant that we got to go on all 10 obstacles twice! We started with a huge slide and then through a bunch of bouncy castle type obstacles with slides. There were probably less than 50 people on the course, which is why we picked the first wave, and we always had each obstacle to ourselves so that we could goof off and bounce around a little more.
There was one water station after the 4th obstacle and the entire course was marked out well with cones. The run was at the beautiful Jubilee Park in Spruce Grove. Our favorite obstacle was Pillow Land (pictured below) and our least favorite was Lift Those Feet. For a full list of the obstacles, just google Mega Bounce Run.
At the end of the race we got finisher’s medals, a nutrigrain bar, and a bottle of water. We also got a free one day pass to the Tri-Leisure Centre.
I should also mention that the volunteers at this event were all so happy and excited. They didn’t seem like the veteran volunteers that I am used to from road races, but what they lacked in experience, they made up for with enthusiasm. Thank you!
This type of event has high overhead and hence higher prices than a regular 5K run. Was it worth it? Who knows. But we had fun. If you are thinking about doing this one, I recommend picking a heat with less people in it so you can bounce in peace without anyone bouncing into you. Also, if it does rain, the slides will be cleaner if you start earlier. Luckily we had nothing but sunshine so it was not a factor today.