It’s time to get filthy clean with the 5k Foam Fest! Built for both the hardcore athlete and the beginner alike, this race is full of fun surprises that will foam your socks off! Picture colossal mud pits, cargo net climbs, and army crawls – then picture giant inflatable obstacles filled to the brim with white, fluffy foam! Feel like you’re a kid again as you run through the mud and bounce through the Moon Walk. Then prove you’re a grown up as you tackle the Death Drop – a 3 story tall inflatable slide! Think you’ve got what it takes? Then sign up already and get ready to feel the foam!
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anyone know if it is possible to still find the pictures from the Maryland event! if so please let me know :)
Shouldn't even have a star
Honestly, extremely disappointed. Canceled event a few days before the race with no real explanations or real apology. Felt like we all got scammed out of our money. Beware.
Not even 1 star. They are scam artist. Don't join. Take your money and cancel events. NO REFUNDS!!! They have done a number of times. BEWARE
Terrible race company!
This race company is Horrible! Brooklyn was given the cheapest obstacles. There was false advertising from this company. The obstacles are not what they appear. Half of them were not the ones listed on the map. Some were actually broken and the ones with foam hardly had any foam due to broken equipment. My heat was at 10:50 and when we got to the lemons there were some lemons that were deflated and the foamer was broken. The workers told us that earlier there was a lot of foam. Complete waste of time and money. Find a different race. Absolutely horrible. Also very little mud.
Unfortunately, I was in a similar situation to Erica below. Paid $140 for two people, drove 2 hours from RI, $10 to park off site (which was 15-20 minutes away from the site). We got there an hour early as recommended but still had to wait 45 minutes for the bus resulting in missing our wave and starting 50 minutes after we should have because there was another huge line for bib pickup. The bus situation was the most disorganized mess I've ever seen. The volunteers had no idea what was going on and it wasn't until someone suggested they should let people who have early waves go first to get them on site that they started going by time. After the race, the kid friendly things were not all free and the free fall should have been supervised. 18+ means no kids right? Apparently not, and of course MY kid was sorely disappointed when the volunteer who missed the two 10 year old girls run by him, but wouldn't allow him to go up. The wait for the bus at the end wasn't nearly as long of a wait, but still an annoyance, and I also have the sunburn to prove the wait was too long.
The race itself was fun and aside from being on a farm and trudging through a mud pit that was surely sewage, we had a blast throughout. This review pretty much sums it up: http://relentlessforwardcommotion.com/2014/06/2014-new-england-5k-foam-fest-review/
Paid $70 to register, drove nearly 2 hours from RI, paid $10 to park OFF SITE, waited an hour to get a shuttle to site, missed our wave, they ran out of medals halfway through the day, then we had to wait 90 minutes for a shuttle back to the car. I got a terrible sunburn waiting for the bus AFTER the race was over. Oh yeah, and no outside food or drinks were allowed, so I paid $3 for a cool (not cold) Powerade and $1 for a tiny apple. They also have been deleting negative comments on their Facebook page, and even deleted their OWN post because there were 100 negative comments attached. Save your money!
Good Clean Fun
I have to agree with Matt L. below that this event is well organized! Parking is $10.00 per car and you are within walking distance to the festivities in minutes. The volunteers directed vehicles and it was well organized and well laid out. Washrooms are plentiful and hand sanitizer is provided in each port-o-let. Race kit pick up lines were sorted alphabetically and there were little to no line ups when we arrived 45 minutes prior to our start time of 9 a.m. Volunteers were friendly and very accommodating, we had a team member who could not attend and we were still able to grab her a shirt. The vendor area had some Foam Fest SWAG and the bag check was FREE with your race bib stub. The foam began at the start line and the MC kept racers motivated until their heat began. Energy drink girls wandered around handing out free samples and there were other "pay to play" activities in the main venue area. Medics were available and photographers took photos at the start line however got a bit distracted with a few girls in tutus and ignored the rest of us:) This location is a good spot for keeping racers cardio up as the terrain is subtly hilly and alternates with switch back loops that continue into the woods. The beginning of the course takes you to most of the obstacles and they are fun, but not challenging. Lots of very friendly volunteers along the way and the giant slide was well worth the entry fee! Gloves, long socks and elbow pads are not required at this race. No line ups for us as we were at the beginning of the large 0900 heat. Some obstacles included lily pads, mud pits, spider webs and a sideways cargo net. Overall, a good beginner race and one the whole family could enjoy. We did not pay for the extra tickets for other 'activities' and you get a nice tech shirt and medal upon completion with water and a power bar. The finish line is very uneventful and could have used one more obstacle to complete the course. Wash up centre and change area were good and they were on the ball with their communications throughout the lead up to the event.
Fun and Well Organized
This was the best organized mud runs I've been to so far ... and definately the best one at this venue (Area 51 Motor Cross in Batavia, NY).
The most obvious thing was that they made sure there was staff EVERYWHERE which was nice. They were easy to find and always friendly. The registration tent was well organized and quick to get through with our pre-printed waivers. Bag check was well organized, staffed and felt pretty secure (and free).
The course was pretty good. The obstacles were more fun that challenging (which was a nice change of pace). The only obstacles with any real line(s) to deal with were the cargo net climb and the wall climb ... otherwise everything was quick and orderly without any mentionable waiting. Water was available at mile markets 1 and 2.
The only part that was kinda disappointing was that the finish line just kinda snuck up out of no where. The course went through some woods which saw significant mud and a couple bungee obstacles, then you exited the woods and there was the finish arch. I was expecting some kind of obstacle at the end, but it wasnt the end of the world.
The post race clean-up was well provided. The clean-up hoses were plentiful and changing tents were provided.
Overall this was a very good event. My wife loved it and wants to make sure we sign-up again next year for sure. I was pleased with the event that Round House Racing put on (I had thought 5K Foam Fest was an HMM event, but I was wrong) and will be pleased to do future events with them (the Dirty Dash in July at the same venue).
Worth Doing Because It's Different
Keep in mind, I have done over 16 mud races and know what to expect at a race.
PARKING = F
They wanted you to park 20 minutes away, pay $10 for parking, and take a bus. A week before the event, they change the parking (to 2 minutes further away), and up the price to $15 and decrease the number of buses. 2 days before the race, they send another email changing more stuff.
FESTIVAL = B
Free stuff, DJ, lots of fun activities (that were free) like standing on an inflatable platform and using a big foam wrecking ball to knock 3 opponents off. The event was very family friendly and not as crowded as a Spartan or Warrior Dash.
BAG CHECK = A
Lines were short, they used 2 verifications for security (your name and phone number). I felt that my stuff was safe.
STARTING LINE = B
Arch, banner, DJ, and a foam pit. No real starting obstacle but the foam pit was cool. Bib times were not checked nor enforced.
COURSE LAYOUT = B
The terrain was good. It had some hills, some forest area, foam, mud, grass. Staff was everywhere – at every obstacle, every turn. If someone got hurt, they would know immediately. The course lacked water (we did no swimming). Obstacle spacing was perfect. This made this race seem so short.
OBSTACLES = B
Keep in mind that this was a family event so the difficulty on a 1-10 scale is about a 2. But some obstacles were completely different (usually the foam related ones). There was 16 obstacles stated on the web site but the course map said 10. The email stated they had to cancel 2 obstacles (leaving 8) but they must have added more because I counted 15 total. The backlog was 0-3 minutes max (This was good because I was reading about tons of backlog online).
Best Obstacle = Lilly Pads (probably the hardest obstacles and the most fun)
Worst Obstacle = Spider Webs (these were cheap and ghetto)
WATER STATIONS = B
They were at every mile marker. Water provided only (no food).
FINISH LINE = F
The race just ended. There was an archway that said FINISH right around a turn and out of nowhere. No final obstacle, no crowd to cheer you.
SHOWERING/CHANGING = B
They had hoses to wash off (you were muddier than expected). The backlog wasn’t bad. They had changing tents for men and women.
SWAG = B
You got a nice tshirt. The men’s shirt was different from the women’s (different neck cut and logo). The medal is good medal. Free protein bars.
I think this was a good race. It’s not the most challenging but definitely fun (and family oriented so you will have a different crowd than the Spartans or Tough Mudders). The foam gimmick made the entire race. Without it and the obstacles, it wouldn’t be that good. This is worth doing (but not for $70 which is what I paid although I don’t regret it).
5k Foam Fest
March 15, 2014
Schept Farms, Queen Creek Arizona
As the name implies, not your typical mud run....... Was a good event overall. Could have used a little more foam honestly, i mean its your name sake, you better bring the FOAM! Parking was a little hectic but only because the event was back away from the main road. Plenty of staff on hand directing traffic though and a good fee of only $5. Make our way to the main entrance and registration, little long and drawn out but understandable given the layout. Plenty of lines open and occupied by staff helping get everyone through in a timely manner. I will admit though, our registration lady was a little rude and seemed to not want to be there, but cant judge it based on just one individual. Good sized bag check, as well as nicely staffed again. Oh and it was free, thats always a good thing. Merchandise tent was great; good size, great people and plenty of products. Vendors...... well that could have been better! I only saw one and honestly i don't remember what it was. i believe it was a gym but not sure, it had a few people there but they didn't really get out there and meet their people. Show their stuff off and really try to pull people in. Foam fest was very family friendly too, had a "festival area" set up. A place where you could buy food, mingle with fellow racers or wait for the of your party. Also had obstacles set up, like mini obstacle course or wrecking ball. Cant forget their famous Skyfall, a two-story fall into an inflatable airbag, like your a stunt person. You did have to pay for tickets to these things but at a great price.
Ok so now on to the course.......
A decent mix of running and obstacles, could have been arranged a little better or closer at some points. But overall a good mix. Had about 18+ obstacles, ranging from hay bails to walls to cargo nets and even threw in a mud pit. A nice long deep mud pit you had to crawl on your hands and knees under rope signifying barb wire. A lot of inflatable obstacles too.....chamber of foam, slip-n-slide, to their signature "Death Drop." Three 40ft high heart stopping water slides. Even had some obstacles I'd never seen before; Lily Pad and uneven balance beam with a twist. Even thinking about talking with a few designers and seeing what they think. Plenty of water stations throughout the course with friendly staff, greeting and cheering you on. Some picture opportunities throughout course and a good pre/post race photo station with race logo.
All and all, a good race and I would recommend people get out and try. I will definitely be putting this one my calendar for next year.
Nice Fun Run
Though not a mud run, the foam fest was a new experience, with lots of volunteers, the check in was easy and quick. Everything was spread out so there was run to walk around, and the merchandise area was clean and lots of volunteers to help. The course itself was a lot of running, more of a fun run type of course. Few obstacles compared to other events, but the ones that they has were fun and new, the Lilly leap was fun, and the balance beam had a new twist. Though I would like to see more foam the next time, I am going to keep this race on the next year calender as a fun run.
I loved the foam and bubble obstacles mixed in with the mud obstacles. Had the usual mud crawl and cargo net climb but had the great foam ones that were great. Lots of fun and definitely plan on going again next year. Was probably the funnest obstacle 5k I've been to.
Only thing, I wish there was a shower/hose/changing area or something, but there was public restroom but it was just small and really crowded.
This was one of the most fun obstacle course races I have done. The obstacles were def more fun than they were challenging but you felt like a big kid! I mean a 30ft slip n slide with foam?? Cmon that is awesome!! This was a course you could have fun but also push yourself to try new things or conquer some fears. The volunteers were very helpful and fun at each obstacle. While we were waiting in line for the slide (2 slides were down as people had keys in their pockets that punctured them) the volunteers were spraying us with water since New England was in a heat wave and it was about 95-100 degrees that day. A fun obstacle course for people of all levels.
This was a great event. I went went with my wife and 5 other women. There was a lot of mud. The obstacles were wonderful. We had a huge hill to climb which gave a few people some problems. We loved the Lilly pads. The first 30 foot slip and slide needed a little more foam, but was still nice. The electric crawl was another favorite or our group. The volunteers were great and very helpful at each obstacle.
The only complaint I would have is that it would have been nice to have a water station at the top of the big hill. Many people were commenting about this. It might have helped some of the people that were struggling on the hill.
Overall it was a great day and a wonderful event. We added many people to our group for next year that were there watching us.
OTTAWA FOAM FEST INJURIES
HORRIBLE! 5K foam Fests should take less than an hour - 1-1/4 hours and just over a mile into the race, because the conditions were so poor it was walking/sliding the whole time, my husband twisted his leg and dislocated his ankle, and broke his tibia and fibula. He had surgery and a metal plate and 9 screws put in! The management of this race were negligent!!!!! When he arrived at this hospital we were advised that on Saturday at least 6 people were brought in with broken bones. They still held the race on Sunday! My husband was the second person brought in and three more were brought in after him!!!!! Really!?!?!? The "mud" was not controlled as in the other races he participated in. Parking was horrific...they charged you to park AND to get towed out of the mud! Even tho you sign a release it does not give them the right to be negligent! Sure injuries will occur, but not in those numbers over two days and that is only what we know about!
FoamFest is very poorly organized
The Pittsburgh FoamFest 2013 was done by a bunch of amateurs. The layout of the course was horrible. It created such bottlenecks that it took us 2 hours and 15 minutes to complete the 5k AND we SKIPPED 3 obstacles. It would have been a 3+ hour race. The location of the obstacles (next to a tree with posion ivy just hanging like a cyprus tree or on a path 6' wide) and half of the inflatable obstacles were not in operation made a very long day. Furthermore, NO BEER at the end...WTF?!
Long but honestly know what your going to get into!
First let me say I would give the event volunteers 3 stays because of the amazing team of people that helped dig out cars after the storm (not sure if they were from the event or the ATV park). Yes it rained something fierce for about a half hour (the weather was 30% chance of rain), and the lot filled up rather quickly, and cars were getting stuck left and right!!! HOWEVER, I don't know who James ran into (or what time), but they were not charging people to tow you out not at 2pm when I got dug out and not at 5pm when my friend got dug out. They have ATVs and Tractors out there pulling people, pushing people and just trying their best to get you out of the lot!! My husband was there an hour after we were still helping push and get cars out (he took his motorcycle so he hung out to help). They did not charge a single dime to do this!! Which I thought was amazing, and they did not complain about it even though many people were quite B- itchy about it ... People were going around letting you know that they will get to you just hold tight and not spin your tires. They did their best to make things right!! But since this is not about them, but the event, lets review the event.
1 star only because the bouncy house at the end was fun, and the death drop was terrifying:
Event registration and parking was easy, yes they charged you $5, but either way it's an event who cares, we were parked about 5 ft from registration just over the fence (yes we had to walk around) a lot less than the 3/4 mile people were saying. We were registered and waiting for the rest of our group to get there. The only thing that annoyed me is they made my husband park his bike in the muck, then when we walked up, saw they let other bikes park on the gravel behind the event.
There was not much to do but stand there and twiddle your thumbs, no tables or chairs for you or spectators to hang out. There was 1 food booth with overpriced food and drinks, and that was it. We were there an hour before our race expecting long lines for registration. The gear tent to purchase stuff was crazy, unorganized, and slow, so we wound up waiting until after the race, and there were no gray XL sweaters left!! I was very aggravated at this, because I was in the Saturday 1200 race, so they had an ENTIRE DAY TO GO and they had no Gray Sweaters in an XL left. They wanted me to pay $30 for a $10 zip up blue hoodie with the words 5K foam fest in white on the pocket. SERIOUSLY?!? – GTFO!
The race waves were small, I would say maybe 50 people so it was not a horrible start, the start line had a Foam Machine above you which we wound up getting some neat pictures. END FOAM HERE… then on it was all MUD, and HORSE CRAP! Literally we saw horse crap on the trail, and it smelled like it from the get go, our first mile was NOTHING but mud, trenches of mud, which when you walked in were very uneven and your wound up slipping down chest deep into mud and horse crap.. It was DISGUSTING! There was pretty much NO RUNNING (which I’m not complaining about really), because there was so much mud, and so many trenches of mud to climb through. And there were about 5 huge hills, of which only 1 that I can think of had a rope to assist you. My hands and legs are all cut up from falling on branches, rocks and grabbing a hold of things to help myself up the hill.
After climbing through mud, more mud, horse crap and more mud after crossing the first mile (which it seemed at that point was more like 2 miles) you came to a water check which they gave you yellow water to drink. Then you climbed through more mud and stood in line for 20 minutes to climb the cargo net (6 people at a time made it a long day). Ok fine… 20 minutes later you’re off to your second mile in nothing but mud.
To fast forward, Bouncy House #1 was down, Ball House was kewl (finally foam!), Slip n slide was stupid, you could neither slip or slide, or find any hint of foam here after a 10 minute wait.. we wound up walking across to a mud infected pool of water at the end, lots more mud, tires to climb over, the lily pad was STUPID, they took a big bouncy house filled it with water, added the leap pad which made it impossible to get out of because they bungeed the leap pad to the center! .. Seriously! Again in a pool of infected mud bacteria water. The 8ft walls (no 5ft here) had another 20 minute line, which I wind up bypassing because I was hoping to see 5ft walls and conquer those only to find the 5ft walls absent from the course. Still waited out for my friends who gave the 8ft wall an attempt, but they were so muddy it was impossible to get over, many people gave up by the third wall anyway. There was no rope, and if your shoes had any real sole on them, you could not get your feet in the slots.
Finally a bouncy house with FOAM!!! I was so excited about this part but it was short lived, and finally you got a decent stretch of non horse filled mud trail that you could actually run to, up the slides. Now when we got there was an hour wait for the slides, luckily by the time we finished the course and it was our turn there was no wait, now this could have been because the wind was kicking up and people were not keen in going up, but we went up anyways and slid into another pool full of infested bacterial water. Finish line was another slip n slide without the slip or slid, OR FOAM, and the pool at the end barely had any water in it at all (thank goodness you didn’t slip into it, or you would have a head concussion!)
All in all I would save my $50 and do Warrior Dash, or a fun Color Run, because this is NOT what they advertise, FoamLess Horse Crap Run is more like it. I will be doing Warrior Dash for the second year in a row and I probably will have less mud on me, and hurt less the days after.
Luckily the girls I was with made this fun, otherwise I would have been just an annoyed, horse crapped filled quitter, cuz I think I would of short cutted out of there.
More Like a Mud Walk
If I could rate this less than 1 star I would. This is supposed to be a foam run. There was 99% mud and 1% foam with guys holding bubble wands that literally just dribbled bubbles out at a few ocstacles. The course was 99% walk and 1% run due to the mud and the fact that there were huge waits at obstacles. Terrible. Worse, they charge $5 to park you in a muddy field where almost all vehicles got stuck, and then they charge $95 to tow you out. This was a shameful event and terrible event management.
Lots of fun in this Mud (foam) Run
I am not a runner although I did train a bit to be ready to run for this one. I can't say I was disappointed to find out there was really no running in this one though. (Remember, I'm not a runner so I wasn't disappointed). Our course was VERY muddy. There were 3 types of mud slippery mud covering the ground, wet cement consistency mud, and all out muddy pools of mud. All were fun, but watch out for those sudden drops when you think you're walking into a puddle and find yourself boob-high in mud. Either way you really can't run through any of these, and some obstacles had some lengthy lines. Though I think our lines were much shorter than what others experienced during the earlier sold-out waves.
The course was slightly different than the course laid out online, but I assume that was to compensate for the terrain and actual lay-out of our location. Some inflatables were down and we never did see the 5-foot climbing walls either. No biggie, the remaining ones were great fun. However, there was very little foam on most of the obstacles. The slipNslides weren't very slippery, in fact you really just crawled through them.
Overall, I thought it was a lot of fun. We got messy, we did some fun obstacles and I even made down some scary ones. I'd probably do it again. I only knocked one star off for missing some obstacles and for the lack of foam for the "Foam Fest".
Orlando/Kissimme 5K FoamFest
Worst obstacle event I have ever taken part of. The obstacles were a joke. It was over a mile to the first one. There was no mud. It was a 45 minute wait at the slide. Even the packet pickup was extremely slow. They would not sell beer to spectators and you received 1 free one at the end of the race. You had no option to purchase a second. Also the race is not close to Orlando or even Kissimmee. It is in St.Cloud in the middle of nowhere. I cannot recommend the race to anyone for the price.
Potential to be great
This foam fest was my first ever obstacle mud run and I had a blast with my group of friends that came along! However, the obstacles left a lot to be desired. Especially the foam ones! Most of them had very little interaction or challenge. The giant slide was fun, but lost many points due to the 30 minute line before hand. The long slip and slide was also fun, but the short one didn't have enough water on it. Imagine sliding on a dry piece of plastic for 30 feet. My favorite two obstacles were the electric mud crawl and the aqua lily pads(which should have been twice as far). Those were what I was looking for! The 5 and 8 foot walls were a complete joke as they were gaps between each board for one to easily easily walk up it. It felt like there was a lot more running than obstacles, especially at the beginning. For $75, the obstacles need A LOT of work. All of the staff at the event was very friendly and the showers were incredible at the end of the race. I was surprised they were using bottles of beer instead of a keg when handing out thousands of freebies after the race was over. Seems a bit wasteful, but didn't detract from my opinion of the race overall. If you are looking to dress up in a costume, walk 3 miles and get a little muddy, this may be the event for you. Unfortunately, as much as I wanted to love this race, I'm going to have to look elsewhere.
Great ! Fun Time for the family.
Awesome !!!! So much fun!! Lots of mud, great obstacles. My family had a blast! There was a huge line up of showers in the dressing room.
I was not impressed with the 5k Foam Fest in Orlando, FL 5k Foam Fest event yesterday.
1) not enough obstacles
2) NO MUD
3) 1 1/2 miles before the first obstacle
4) not enough suds on the few obstacles that were there
5) long lines at the few obstacles
6) NO SHOWERS!!!! The shower sign was infront of a square of PVC pipes that were spraying water 12" into the air. I guess if you wanted to shower your toes off it would work..... I can't believe that you guys wasted the gas filling up the water pump every 45 minutes.
Can I please get my money back?
I did this event in Miami with my girlfriend and friends, and couldn't believe how much fun we had! AMAZING obstacles and just all around fun from the starting line to the end, you just have to do it to understand how awesome it really way!