Unless you were under a rock for the past couple of months you would have noticed the enormous inflatable water slides at Belmont – part of the pop-up water park that was Xscape at the City. It has proven enormously popular and proven that Perthites love a challenge.
One of the obstacles on the 5km course, image courtesy ROC website
Next on the Perth crazy calendar, is ROC, otherwise known as the Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge – a sold-out event that travels Australia.
The ROC Race is a five kilometre obstacle course, inspired by games shows such as Ninja Warriors.
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The obstacles are all ‘larger than life’ and include wrecking balls (where a large balls swings and tries to knock you off the course), foam slides, enormous water slides, jump balls, and more. You will get wet and foamy, and need to bounce, slide, climb and generally laugh your way to the end.
Part of the race is an enormous inflatable water slide
Early bird Perth tickets are available until February 25th and cost $89 per person. If all the tickets are not sold out by then, the price will be begin to climb up to $109 on race day.
The event is open to anyone aged thirteen years and over. This is strictly for adults and big kids only, sorry.
Kids aged 12 and under will be able to watch the race for free (accompanied) while all other spectators are charged a rather hefty $20 fee, but this includes all-access to the viewing platform and vendor/festival area and a pair of ROC sunnies. You are not allowed to bring eskies on the day, but there will be food and drink vans through the day.
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While the race itself is untimed, racers must choose one of three start ‘waves’ (you can choose when you book your ticket) – for example the first wave is 7.30am to 11.30am, the middle start is 11am to 5.30pm and the final night wave is 5pm-8pm. A week before the event, you will be allocated to a specific start time within that wave – so you need to be quite flexible.
You can register to race with a team (there is a prize for the biggest team) but you must all register for the same wave. While it is compulsory to wear to your race bib on the day, there is nothing but good taste stopping you from wear a crazy costume or team outfit.
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All competitors will receive a race pack which can be picked up the Thursday or Friday before the event (or posted for a fee) which includes a ROC t-shirt, race bib, free storage for bags and access to the after-race ‘festival’ area.
The Sydney event sold out in four hours, so if you are interested in going to the Perth event you had better hurry.
When: Sunday 3rd April, 2016
Where: Gloucester Park, 3 Nelson Cres, East Perth
Cost: early bird tickets $89 – price climbs as the event draws closer
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