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June 12, 2014

5K Foam Fest takes to Haverhill

HAVERHILL — Following a recent trend of “fun runs” that have included the Color Run and the Tough Mudder, a new themed race of obstacles is coming to the area next weekend that promises to make a big mess of its competitors before cleaning them up at the end.

On June 21, Haverhill will host what has become a growing organization in North America and Australia when Kimball Farm welcomes the 5K Foam Fest, an event meant to incorporate fun, however unusual, into the casual jaunt or trek toward weight loss.

Like The Color Run and Tough Mudder, which have both come through the area in recent years, the race strives to turn people’s daily workout into something more memorable by creating obstacle courses and getting people dirty. While the Foam Fest will undoubtedly leave you muddy and wet, it will also work to clean you off as you make your way through mountains of foam to the finish.

The race’s website says that the 5K Foam Fest is “your perfect way to have some good ‘foam’ily fun! Kids 10 and up can run in the race, and there’s plenty of on-site activities for younger kids, too.”

Other than running from obstacle to obstacle in the course that extends beyond 3 miles, kids will have the opportunity to take part in a summertime favorite as well, a 50-foot long Slip’N’Slide. There will also be several inflatables along the way including “The Death Drop” — a giant vertical slide and “The Tube Crossing” — a connection of inner tubes one must crawl across.

While the organization thrives on being kid-friendly, it also knows the proper way to appeal to adults. Those of the proper age, who finish the event, receive their first beer afterward for free. While called a race, there is no timing chip in your shoe or cash award for finishing first — just the opportunity to have a good time in a unique fashion while getting a workout in the process.

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