Insane Inflatable 5K came to NIU in DeKalb, IL on September 19th! I had a good time, but I must admit that it could have been so much better!!! There were a lot of things that were really lacking with this race. The Chicago location, anyways! My husband and I were signed up for different wave times because I thought we already had him registered and come to find out, two weeks before the race, he was not registered and my wave time was already sold out. I was signed up for the 9:45 AM wave and he had to sign up for the next available wave that was closest to mine and that was 10:15 AM. In the end, it really didn't matter which wave we were signed up for because we both got to run together and in a later wave that neither of us signed up for due to a huge backup at the packet pickup tent.
My energy was lacking on race day and I got way more exhausted on obstacles than I usually do (and those were EASY), but I was just trying to have fun and make the best of the whole experience. I felt that the race was seriously lacking in the obstacle department. There were two obstacles that were not available to us at the Chicago location. The Mattress Run obstacle was deflated, so we were forced to run over it, but I tried to only step through the holes, rather than running and trampling on it. Another one that was not available to us was the Jump Around obstacle. That was also deflated. I heard many reasons as to why that one was deflated ranging from the weather, which wouldn't be a valid reason, to some busting it. There were only two photographer throughout the ENTIRE course. One at Big Balls, and the other was at the Finish Line obstacle.
The Midway games were enjoyed by more of the younger crowd. They had inflatable basketball and a bouncer for the little ones.
- Packet Pickup tent was slightly disorganized.
- I did not like the course.
- Two obstacles were not available.
- Lacking obstacles.
- Some obstacles seemed repetitive.
- Lacking photographers.
- I did not have the strong urge and eagerness to want to do this again when it was over.
- I love that they provided a comfortable atmosphere for the spectators.
- The obstacles were fun, but were extremely easy.
- The volunteers were friendly.
Unless a few changes happen with the Insane Inflatable 5K, the chances of me doing it again are slim.
Disclosure: I have received a comped entry to this event in exchange for posting about the event and reviews of the individual race experiences.