Another Throwback Thursday race report. Back in May I headed over to the beautiful grounds of IBH Addiction Recovery Center to take part in the Recovery Challenge 5K. This is a local obstacle course event, which is very family friendly. I took part for the last 3 years, first because it did sound fun and second because it helped to support funding for my job. Now that I don’t work in the same county, I wonder if I will continue to attend the event? I’d like to think I will because I still enjoy the course and I still support the work being done in the area.
In 2013 I went to the event with my Mom, sister and boyfriend at the time. One of my best friends and “work wife” was there with her boyfriend of the time too. We weren’t sure what to expect, but had a blast climbing through “web” ropes, jumping or climbing hale bales, doing the balance beam and of course knee high tires and a slip n slide. I was sad the first year because no one capture me in action on the slide. The tires are my favorite every year.
In 2014 I returned again with my Mom, sister and Deonna, This time we were sans significant others. It rained the whole event, but that simply made it more mud run friendly. Again we enjoyed the various obstacles and again I didn’t get a slip n slide pic. Again I loved the tires.
For 2015, we were down a huge chunk of people. Mom and Becky decided they couldn’t go because it MIGHT rain and they needed to be somewhere for volunteer orientation and couldn’t risk cutting it too close. My significant other was working that morning so Deonna and I showed up and she had her boyfriend with her to enjoy the course and take really convincing “action” shots.
I think there was an entire mile or at least half a mile where we simply walked back and forth across a field. They try to change the course every year to keep people interested and because of the rain this year I think they were afraid of damaging too much of the property or we simply couldn’t get to certain parts.
Maybe because I’ve done it the other years, but this seemed like the easiest year overall for the course. However there were some parts which stepped up their game. In the wooded area at the start we had to go up this rocky hill section. It wasn’t too long, but it was steep and it was impressive for the “family friendly” course as advertised. I think there was a way to bypass it if needed.
Most of the other staples were there, the balance beam, web rope, hale bale jumping, climbing was gone I think, crawling under a giant parachute, high knees in tires, lots of fun. The best part though? SOMEONE FINALLY CAPTURED A PIC OF ME ON THE SLIDE!
That was SUPER cold!
After the slide there’s still a lil bit of a jog back to the finish. Then it is inside for some turkey Subway, apples, pretzels and candy if any is left while they announce awards.
The face though, what is happening with my face? I can’t take losing. Noooooooo
If time, health and finances allow, I hope to back for the 4th installment in 2016!
Are there any local obstacle course events where you are? Would you go to one that isn’t nationally recognized/hosted?