Sara and I had the opportunity to participate in the Insane Inflatable 5K on Saturday, August 16th at Bader Field in Atlantic City. I’ve run a lot of 5K races in the past but this was unlike any I’ve ever done. It definitely was one of the most unique and fun 5K’s out there! When we first got there, we had to check in and get our race bibs. Normally, this would be something that can be time consuming and boring. However, I was pleased to find out that it was the complete opposite! Check-in was so easy and the people in charge of the registration were very friendly. We then went to go check out the midway area where vendors were set up for pre-race and post-race activities.
There was plenty going on for the runners, as well as spectators as they waited. Radio stations and local businesses were among the many displays set up. There was so much energy with a DJ playing music and people dancing. Many of the runners chose to dress up for the race as a group. We saw super heroes, groups from movies, and many other fun teams! The excitement for the event was apparent in everyone’s’ faces. It’s hard not to be excited at an event like this. The first wave of the day was at 9am, but our wave wasn’t until 12:30. It was a smaller wave compared to some of the others, but there was no lack of energy!
The best part was that it was not a timed race. They just wanted everyone to go out there and have fun! I definitely enjoyed the event more knowing that it wasn’t a competition. On the course, we got to go through many fun inflatable obstacles. Some of them were a bit of a challenge, but it was still a lot of fun! There were steps to climb up, big balls to push your way through, and big slides to go down. It was definitely an experience you can’t find anywhere else. I really felt like a kid again and I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face the whole time!The last obstacle was called Crazy Air and it was definitely my favorite! It was a 110 foot inflatable that you climbed up and then slid down for a very finish unlike any other.
At the finish line, they handed the runners a water bottle, a piece of fruit, a finisher’s t-shirt and a medal. They also had food available for purchase and a beer garden for those of age. Townsquare Media did a great job organizing this event. A lot of time and effort was clearly put in to ensure it was a great time for all. They also raised money and awareness for the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, an important organization in the area.
I definitely would recommend this event to everyone. It doesn’t matter what level of fitness you’re on. The Insane Inflatable 5K is coming back to New Jersey on September 6th to Point Pleasant. It’s definitely worth checking out! You can find more information about that race and many on others on their website, insaneinflatable5k.com. I plan on participating again if it returns to Atlantic City next year. It’s definitely an event that promises an “insanely” good time and delivers. We had an exceptional time and are so happy we could cover it and participate!