In the past year, my dedication to a healthy lifestyle has been renewed. Up to this point, I’d run one 5k, but when I saw the Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge (ROC) 5k at Charlotte Motor Speedway advertised on Facebook, I knew I wanted to give it a try.
Described as a 5k course that combines game show inspired obstacles, such as an inflatable slide, belly flop drop, wrecking ball and Tarzan swing, to give you the craziest run ever, the ROC race seemed like a must for the JHE family.
I rounded up 12 people to join me for this crazy race: Mary Griffin, Cassie Brickman, Michael Ann Gosby, Michael Verlatti, Jeff Gajewski, Jeremy Callahan and his twin brother Jonathan, Avery Nelson, John “Lunchbox” Autrey, Aprill King, my roommate Brynn and Andrew Stilwell. Even though we are a competitive group, we chose to run the race as a team and waited on every person to finish before advancing to the next level. “We are only as strong as our weakest link,” is a mindset we live by at JHE which came into play during this obstacle-filled race.
One of the toughest obstacles was the wrecking ball. Only two team members managed to hold on and not get wet.
The “Foam of Fury” obstacle was one of the funniest moments. Jeremy Callahan went down the bubbly horizontal slide almost immediately after Cassie and pushed her head first quickly. A mouth full of foam, she was coughing bubbles for the rest of the race.
We all had the most fun on the “World’s Largest Moon Bounce.” I think it would be the perfect addition to the JHE holiday party We also had a blast on the “World’s Largest Inflatable Water Slide” which we were able to slide down multiple times thanks to Lunchbox knowing the race director (he seems to know someone everywhere).
However, one of my best memories was finishing as a team. It was a fun, crazy and memorable experience. I can’t wait to do it again with my second family next year!
– Erin Nosker