Hello Running Buddies! How has your running or training been going? 

Yesterday The Hubbo and my P-Town friends ran a fun little 5K here in Tulsa called the Goo Run.  

The Goo run is exactly what it sounds like. A messy gooey fun 5K. It is a traveling fun 5K similar to Warrior Dash or the Color Run. You can see where they will be next by clicking here. It's a little expensive for a 5k, so sign up early or follow them on Facebook to see the discount codes they put out frequently.

Have you ever signed up for a race with your friends months in advance and at the time you thought "Oh yeah, let's do this race, it will be fun!" and then the day of the race you wonder what the hell you were thinking? Or maybe you thought to yourself "Was I drinking when I agreed to this?" No? Just me? Weird. 

Well at first when my friends mentioned doing the Goo Run I was all like...

I thought sure! A messy 5K sounds like a great idea!
Then we showed up to the event and it was cold and windy and then I was all....
The Goo was all slimy and green and I thought it was going to be super cold but it wasn't too bad. 

Plus, in this 5K you got a shirt and a "medal" when you crossed the finish line. I use the term medal loosely though. 
This was me before the race. I have no idea what The Hubbo and I were thinking but we showed up to run this 5K and the temps were in the low 40s with some strong wind coming from the North. It was way too cold for shorts! 

Also - I realize I'm being a total rookie here and 1. I'm wearing the shirt from the event and 2. It's cotton.

This is the before photo. We look all nice and excited and clean.

That didn't last long.

The fun run started 15 minutes before the 5K and the 5K runners got to shoot Goo all over the fun runners. It was messy and people were shooting Goo all over. I was a total chicken and tried to avoid the pre-run Goo even though I knew in less than 15 minutes I'd be covered in it.

Here we are after the race.

We ran through a Goo waterfall at the very beginning and the very end. We ran through 5 Goo stations where volunteers were shooting Goo directly at us.  We got lucky on one of the Goo stations and ran by without getting hit because the volunteers had to reload their Goo guns. 
The Hubbo ran most of the race alone and us girls hung back and made inappropriate comments during the 3 mile run. Because we are mature and all. I'm sure you can imagine so I won't go into detail. 

PictureGoo Run Medal 2014
Here are the "medals" from the Goo Run.
They are kinda cool and unique but since they are plastic with Goo inside of them, I suspect that in a few years the Goo will be dried up or turn brown or something not as pretty as right now.

Tips for the Goo Run 5K

Here are a few tips to help you have the most fun possible at the Goo run. 

  1. Bring friends! This was way more fun with my friends than it would have been had I done it alone. Plus, people that you just met may not appreciate your hilarious yet inappropriate comments. :) 
  2. Wear a "clean" layer of clothing. And by that I mean, were a pair of shorts and a tank top as a base layer that won't get exposed to the Goo. There weren't any changing areas or showers so we had to strip down as much as possible in the parking lot before we got into the car. Bring plenty of towels. 
  3. Wipe the Goo off as soon as possible. The stuff is made out of a jelly silicon like substance and when it dries on your skin it cracks and kinda hurts.
  4. Take Pictures! You'll want proof that you were able to tolerate a crazy, silly, mess to show off to all your friends and make them totally jealous that they aren't as cool as you.
  5. Don't wear your good running shoes/clothes. We had to wash our clothes twice and our running shoes three times. I wore an old pair of shoes, but the Hubbo wore his good pair. Luckily everything did come out clean.
  6. Wear a hat! It's almost impossible to get Goo out of long hair. So you may want to cover it up. I wish I had, but it's too late now. I'll be pulling Goo out of my long Ginger locks for weeks! 
  7. Wear sunglasses. They Goo volunteers found it to be a personal challenge that if you covered your face while running through a Goo station, that is exactly where they wanted to hit you with Goo. So wear some sunglasses to protect your eyes. 
  8. Check out parking before the event. They charged $10 for parking if you parked in the parking lot adjacent to the starting line, but if we parked across the street, it was free.

Leave a comment! Have you done the Goo Run? What messy/fun runs have you been a part of?



03/24/2014 2:01pm

I love to run, but I've never done a messy run, warrior dash, color run, or goo run. Do people try to set PRs in these things? I have a picture in my mind of some super fast guy trying to break 16 min in a 5k and getting sprayed with colors and goo. Meanwhile, the water station volunteers are aiming for his eyes. It seems pretty ridiculous. I need to sign up!

03/24/2014 6:19pm

I did notice that there were a few of the top finishers who came in right around 20 minutes! That's pretty darn fast for a fun 5K like this.
It was fun! You should do it if there is one in your area. The website has their schedule for the rest of the year. Let me know if you do it how you like it!

03/24/2014 5:15pm

There is no way that I could do this! The medal looks cool!

03/24/2014 6:21pm

It was fun, I'm glad I did it, but I probably wouldn't do it again. I'm sure there will be some other super fun run theme come out soon and I'll try that one too! LOL

04/03/2014 3:12pm

Hey Sarah, I'm so happy to hear that you had a good time at the Goo Run! It wasn't too terribly cold that day (high 50's, mid 60's if I recall correctly) but the wind on Riverside made it feel like it was in the 40's, bleh.

The next event will be on May 17th, so the temperature should be perfect! We hope to see you there!

04/13/2014 3:07pm

Thanks! Next time I'll learn my lesson and pay closer attention to the weather so I'll be dressed appropriately. That will help a ton!

Jennifer Norton
04/10/2014 12:11pm

I have signed up for a local run with my three children. Ours is in May so I am expecting much warmer temps which will help a lot. Thank you for the idea of wearing shorts and a tank top under the clothes to help with post race car rides. Looking forward to having a great time with my kiddos.

04/13/2014 3:05pm

I hope you all have a great time! The kids at the race seemed to have a BLAST getting all gooey and messy!
Take pictures and enjoy!

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