ORONO- Thousands of people running over three miles while jumping through 11 inflatable obstacles- that was the scene at the University of Maine Saturday morning.
“A lot of 5ks are geared toward a competitive runner…this is more geared towards someone who wants to go out, do something active, and spend some time with friends and family,” said Nick Germano, the Event Director.
And that’s exactly how 2,100 people spent their morning. But aside from spending time with friends and family, this 5k had some extra fun along the way.
“We scattered our inflatables out, they’re about a quarter mile apart. As you can see we have a group of them in this festival area and then the course actually runs back behind the university and comes back on campus to end here,” said Germano.
The race had some of the biggest inflatables- able to hold hundreds of people at a time. But with the big size came the extra challenge…
“We jumped over that, ran for a bit, went through some tires, climbed over big things and fell in big holes, it was fun!”
“It was actually really challenging. Like some parts I would fall and then I would run and then I would fall.”
But overall, most runners had the same reaction…
“It was insane! It was fun!”
Volunteers from non-profits in the area teamed up with the event in exchange for a portion of the proceeds.
The Insane Inflatable 5k travels all around the country, with Bangor being one of the final stops of the year.