Saturday morning at 7:30am — yes, I know, waaaay too early — I went with a few friends and joined the very first wave of people at the Wipeout Run NYC out at the Aviator Sports and Events Center, right in the middle of Brooklyn’s Floyd Bennett Field.
The huge open field used to be an airport, the City’s first in fact, but is now just wide open space, covered in large asphalt, natural terrain, and for this Saturday, a 5k running course with 9 obstacle challenges along the way.
Getting up early and way out to pretty much the Rockaways by 7am was a pain, but I am really glad we did it as the lines were nonexistent for that early start time. When we finished the course at about 8:30, the lines were already hundreds of people long, all waiting to checkin and stash their bags.
It’s tough to get pumped about anything that early, but the staff and crew at the event tried their best to hype us up, with loud music blaring, smiles flashing and words of encouragement along the way to keep us moving forward.
Even though it’s just over 3 miles of running, you are never running more than 1/2 mile at a time so it feels really short. Definitely doable if you can jog a half mile at a time.
There were a few water obstacles, a few climbing/sliding obstacles and a wall obstacle, with some obviously better than others. The highlight of the day was definitely the Wrecking Ball in which we had to traverse a 30 foot pool of water balancing on a cylindrical beam all while avoiding 2 huge foam wrecking balls looking to slam us into the water.
Definitely come on out to next year’s event if you can, it’s a bit of a trek but totally worth it.
Enjoy this POV video we made with a chest-mounted GoPro Hero 4 Session, a tiny waterproof 4k camera perfect for this kind of thing.
The music featured in the video is Froogle — “Repose”