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Good clean fun: 5K Foam Fest draws thousands of eager participants to Windsor


Published on September 2, 2017

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Participants came from near and far to participate in the Halifax 5K Foam Fest, which took place at the Hants County Exhibition Park Sept. 2.

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Fitness Junkies members Cindy Shupe and Janet Singleton react after surviving the 'Death Drop' — a three-storey tall inflatable slide that was the final obstacle of the 5K Foam Fest.

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Thankfully for the participants, the foam used at the fun run is air mixed with less than one per cent of an environmentally-friendly foam solution.

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Foam machines were pumping all day at the course, keeping the obstacles fun for participants.

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Participants were apt to smile once they finished an obstacle.

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Now you see them, now you don't — participants often found themselves immersed in foam while taking on various obstacles.

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This young participant didn't seem to mind being coated head to toe in foam.

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Friends joke with each other after making their way down one of the slip and slides.

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Friends joke with each other after making their way down one of the slip and slides.

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A young girl reacts to the cold water at the end of the slip and slide. It was a chilly day for participants in Windsor but they seemed to enjoy themselves.

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These participants were all smiles during their 5K Foam Fest wave.

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The 5K Foam Fest slogan is 'Get Filthy Clean' and participants in Windsor did just that.

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The 5K Foam Fest slogan is 'Get Filthy Clean' and participants in Windsor did just that.

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There were a lot of Go Pro devices used by participants at the 5K Foam Fest Sept. 2, each capturing a unique perspective.

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This duo shared a good laugh after making their way to the bottom of one of the slip and slide inflatable obstacles.

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Foamy beards were all the rage at this year's 5K Foam Fest.

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This participant was quite animated as she plunged into cool water after going down one of the slip and slide obstacles.

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Youths and adults raced around the five kilometre course Sept. 2.

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Several members of the Fitness Junkies took part in the 5K Foam Fest in Windsor Sept. 2. Pictured here are, from left, back row: Cindy Shupe, Laura Spencer, Ashley Hood, Shaunda Robinson, Kathy Johnston, Tara Warner, Erin Naugler and Heather Bennett; front row: Mary Sanford, Tracy Sanford, Danielle Porter, Amanda Burden, and Janet Singleton.

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The wash and go obstacle provided a gentle spray to competitors who were nearing the finish line.

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People of all ages got quite the workout Sept. 2 when they embarked on the 5K Foam Fest.

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Wave after wave of runners took the course Sept. 2 — all looking quite eager to compete after leaving the starting gate.

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Friends, family members and complete strangers raced around the 5K Foam Fest obstacle course.

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The cargo climb obstacle thwarted some participants, but others managed to get over the top and down safely.

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The cargo climb obstacle thwarted some participants, but others managed to get over the top and down safely.

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This young boy videotaped his run through the 5K Foam Fest.

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There was so much foam at some obstacles it made seeing the participants challenging.

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This duo ran the course together and were all smiles as they neared the final obstacle.

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There was no shortage of selfies taken at the 5K Foam Fest.

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This participant braved the 'Death Drop' and finished with a smile on her face.

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Fitness Junkies founder Kathy Johnston, left, and member Erin Naugler celebrate beating their final obstacle. After finishing the course, they stood on the sidelines and cheered others on.

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Fitness Junkies founder Kathy Johnston, left, and member Erin Naugler celebrate beating their final obstacle. After finishing the course, they stood on the sidelines and cheered others on.

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This pair was still smiling after running — and climbing and sliding — for five kilometres.

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Friends and family stood at the bottom of the The 'Death Drop' obstacle to cheer on loved ones.

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From sunglasses falling off to shoes coming undone, participants were in for a wild ride when they tackled the final obstacle.

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Ashley Hood and Danielle Porter wave from the top of the 'Death Drop' — a three-storey tall inflatable slide.

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With the Fitness Junkies cheering, Hants County's Andrew Postma was all smiles as he headed to the final obstacle.

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These youngsters didn't seem phased after going down the 'Death Drop'.

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Fitness Junkies members Amanda Burden and Heather Bennett were all smiles after surviving the last obstacle — a three storey tall inflatable slide known as the 'Death Drop'.

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Tia Cook and Robyn Montie helped ensure registration at the 5K Foam Fest event ran smoothly.

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Participants in the 5K Foam Fest ran in waves, with the first wave starting at 8 a.m. and the last slated around 3 p.m.

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This crew, wearing matching t-shirts, was eager to get the run started.

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As participants waited for their wave to get the green light, many took time to play in the foam.

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WINDSOR, N.S. — Screams of joy mixed with a bit of fear could be heard near the end of the 5K Foam Fest in Windsor Sept. 2.

The final obstacle participants had to conquer was the 'Death Drop' — a three-storey tall inflatable slide.

“It was way higher than I thought it was,” said Kathy Johnston, the founder of Fitness Junkies. “When you're coming down it, you feel like you are literally weightless. It is definitely a death drop; it's named appropriately.”

Johnston said about 20 members of her Windsor-based club participated in the Sept. 2 event, some of which had never done anything like it before.

“Some of us ran it, some of us walked it, some of us did a combination, and everybody got dirty,” said Johnston, taking a quick break from cheering on more people she knew.

“(I'm) so proud. It's not just completing it, it's just taking the first step out and attempting it that I'm the most proud of,” Johnston said. “It's a hesitation that we all fight our inner selves with and they made it here and they completed it and they have the biggest smiles on their face; they're amazing.”

The obstacle course, which promotes getting filthy clean, featured about 20 obstacles, most of which involved mud, water or foam.

Robyn Montie, the registration lead and staffing coordinator at 365 Sports Events, said this was the first year the 5K Foam Fest has been held in Windsor and the turnout was good — about 3,000 people registered.

“We're getting amazing feedback,” said Montie, who noted they had a “great turnout” from Halifax.

In addition to the fun event, Montie said people were bringing donations to help support Feed Nova Scotia.

“We're getting a lot of thank yous for having our food donation drop off zone,” said Montie, noting they generally get about 1,000 pieces of food donated when they hold the 5K Foam Fest.