THERE was foam. There was laughter. And there was exhaustion.
Billed as the “world’s largest inflatable obstacle course”, the Rebound Race didn’t disappoint when it bounced its way into Newcastle.
About a thousand competitors packed the grounds of McDonald Jones Stadium at the weekend, proving that you’re never too old to enjoy jumping castles, but also showing the popularity of fun-themed challenges.
In hot conditions, entrants battled their way through a five-kilometre course that looped the trotting track, with giant slides, inflatable walls and even a foam machine dotted along the way.
A 15-metre high, 85-metre long slide was the exhilarating finish line.
Stockton’s Aaron Churcill, who was dressed up in a shower cap and curtain, said the event added fun to fitness. He was there with his personal trainer, as were many others.
“It was quite challenging and scary at the same time,” he said. “We decided to dress up. It makes it more fun, but I’m not sure if it made us go faster.”