On Saturday, July 18, 2015, my friend Michelle and I embarked on a running adventure. We took on the Wipeout Run Seattle at the Washington State Fairgrounds (I still wanted to type that as the Puyallup Fairgrounds, but I digress).
I used to watch the show, Wipeout, and it always looked like such a blast. When I first saw the sponsored advertisements on Facebook for the Wipeout Run Seattle, I immediately knew I had to participate. I signed up with their first early bird special and then asked some friends if they wanted to participate. My friend Michelle said yes and our team, “Which Way To The Beer Garden,” was formed!
The night before race day, Michelle and I picked up our packets at the fairgrounds, and grabbed a few beers afterwards to discuss strategy. Michelle’s sons play Wipeout on the Nintendo Wii and had given their mom some advice on how to tackle a few of the obstacles that would be coming our way. Soon it was sweet dreams for us both, dreams of jumping on giant balls and ducking under sweepers!
Race day came quickly. Donning our best tutu’s, knee high socks and pigtails, we were ready! Our wave was at 11:30 and we stood in line, pumped up for what was ahead of us. An MC got our wave ready as we were corralled in groups of 50 or more before we were sent out onto the Wipeout battlefield.
Together, Michelle and I began running and dove in head first to tackle each obstacle. This race was a 5k and there was plenty of running for each of us in between!
Foam of Fury kept us clean with its sudsy bubbles, but also managed to be the first obstacle that soaked our socks and shoes. Michelle, a military veteran, and I as an avid Crossfitter (not even close to being a military vet!), had no problem scaling over the Smash Wall! Sky’s the Limit had us bouncing around like we were on the Moon. The Tumble Tubes made us feel like we were at a water park, and I was regretting wearing a tutu that kept getting heavier the more it got wet!
The three most memorable obstacles from the show, Big Balls, Sweeper and Wrecking Balls were also on hand for us to try tackling. Michelle’s son’s advice on Big Balls was to jump flat and grip on for dear life. Michelle went first, and she followed the advice to a T, and she made it! I was so proud of her! Then it was my turn. I attempted to follow the advice and ended up falling head first over the gigantic red ball, somehow flipping over, and landing on my elbow. Granted I landed on a cushion, but yeah, that hurt (and I ended up having to ice my elbows that night!).
The Sweeper though – the gal running that one said to do whatever we could to avoid the sweeper! Maybe I was a coward but I walked towards it as far as I could before ducking under it and crawling the rest of the way. But I made it! Michelle did the same thing and she made it!
Wrecking Balls…..son’s advice again – wait until the balls are on the sides and sprint down the middle. Again, I was first. I chose the middle section, waited until both balls were on either side and I took off and sprinted…..I almost…made….it….and then lost my footing at the end and fell in the water. Oh how I was disappointed (not to mention my tutu was soaked beyond measure at this point and was coming off me as I tried to get out of the water!). Michelle took Wrecking Balls on like a champ – she made it again unscathed! She is one bad ass mom, that’s for sure.
It took us less than an hour to complete the 5k and all of the obstacles and I am so glad we did. We had such a blast and we look forward to the next crazy obstacle course that comes the Seattle way!
Lesley is the founder and editor of What’s Up NW. Prior to creating WhatsUpNW.com, she was the Seattle city editor for AskMissA.com. For both publications, Lesley has covered fashion shows, openings, and local charity events. She has written numerous articles shining the light on local businesses, encouraging readers to always shop local.