Lake Sammamish State Park to host 5K Foam Fest, soapy obstacle race

May 15, 2012

By Michele Mihalovich

Participants enjoy a previous 5K Foam Fest, which takes them on an obstacle course filled with soapy bubbles. Contributed

A foamy, rather than muddy, obstacle race is coming to Lake Sammamish State Park on June 30.

The 5K Foam Fest, offered by Round House Racing in Ogden, Utah, includes an army-style obstacle course using bubbly foam that contestants need to plow, slide and run through.

A small sampling of obstacles is the 30-foot and 50-foot slip and slides filled with foam; the Stumpy Jumper, an inflatable pool of foam with pillars to run across; and the Body Washer, a free-standing, plastic frame filled with foam.

But have no fear, mud-lovers. Julia Fullmer, Round House spokeswoman, said the race also features mud obstacles, and standard army course obstacles, like mud crawls, wall climbs and running over tires while trying to get through a wall of hanging balls.

Fullmer said organizers choose Foam Fest locations that are close to big cities and fit requirements needed for the race obstacles.

Foam Fest came into existence in 2010 and has been held in multiple states, from Texas to California.

The state park’s 5K Foam Fest will also include a Rugrat Race, a smaller and tamer version of the foamy obstacles.

Learn more about the race and/or register at

If you love obstacle courses, Warrior Dash, which brought 24,000 participants to the nearby Snoqualmie Valley last year, is returning July 21-22. Learn more at

Michele Mihalovich: 392-6434, ext. 246, or Comment at

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