Go Play: Insane Inflatable 5K bounces into Grand Valley
WHAT: Insane Inflatable 5K
WHEN: Saturday, May 10, at 9 a.m.
WHERE: Country Jam USA Ranch — 1065 Highway 6 & 50, Mack, Colo.
COST: $49 until May 2, $54 until May 9, $59 day of
Sick of getting mud in your shorts or colored flour in your mouth after completing a fun run? Why not try something different (while keeping your clothes clean and dry).
The inaugural Insane Inflatable 5K is coming to Mack, Colo., on Saturday, May 10. The event benefits Grand Junction’s John McConnell Math and Science Center. Admission per runner will cost $49 until May 2, $54 until May 9, and $59 on the day of the race.
“It’s a chance to be a kid again,” race coordinator Stuart Kaul said.
Several waves of racers are planned to help with congestion from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., organizers explained. This race type is the first of its kind worldwide, and Grand Junction is the third city to host it. The event will be hosted at Country Jam USA Ranch, and it boasts 12 obstacles sure to put a smile on your face. Some of the fun includes a giant ball pit, a bounce pad, a maze and a slide.
These obstacles are not typical “bouncy house” items aimed at kids, organizers said. It’s “larger than life.”
According to Roxi, a Mix 104.3 radio personality, the concept for the fun run was created by Townsquare Media as a way to stand out from the pack. Plus, it’s a family friendly event. Five of the obstacles will be sized down for junior bouncers, which costs $15 for kids 14 and under.
A live disc jockey will play jams throughout the day to pump up runners and spectators. Food, beer, and other vendors will set up at the event as well.
“Even if you can’t run, you can still walk it and have a good time,” Roxi said.
BENEFITING MATH & SCIENCE CENTER
This year profits will be donated to the John McConnell Math & Science Center — located at 2660 Unaweep Ave., in Grand Junction. This nonprofit offers more than 100 educational activities for anyone “aged 3 to 93.” The center also hosts a family night each month, field trips, various camps, and more.
“We’re excited to reach a different audience and share what we do,” John McConnell Math & Science Center executive director Teresa Coons said.
Anyone who signs up for the 11 a.m. wave will increase donations to the center. Alcohol sales will benefit the nonprofit, too.
For more information about the event, visit http://www.insaneinflatable5k.com.
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