Ba-na-na ooh na-na…half of my heart’s made from bananas oooh na-na…
A revolutionary banana-themed run through the park, scientifically proven to make you happier, healthier, and full of potassium.
Your first stop: the Banana Stand, where we hear there’s always money. Anyway, that’s where we’ll check you in and give you a banana-themed bib to pin to your clothes. Your name will be giant on this bib, because numbers are for prisoners, not for runners. This is also where you’ll receive your bright yellow banana swag, because everyone knows that green bananas are yucky.
Next, you’ll lace up those shoes and run around the one mile loop in Boling Park, which will be known as the Banana Boulevard while we’re running on it! With each mile you’ll pass the Banana Cabana, our rockin’ aid station. There will be plenty of banana-flavored goodies, including banana bread, banana smoothies, banana pudding, and, well, bananas, along with our usual buffet of candy and cookies and chips and shots of pickle juice.
We’re not sure pickles go well with bananas, but hey, we won’t judge your culinary choices.
There will also be energy gels, water and Gatorade, and all the Vaseline, band aids, and other medical supplies you could possibly need, and they will be kept in stock all day by volunteers donning banana costumes, because what else would volunteers be wearing at a race called Go Bananas!? Post-race food includes hot dogs (veggie dogs too), pulled pork sandwiches, fruit galore, banana cake – duh, and whatever else we feel like feeding you. The food stays out until the last person finishes, because the last person is just as important as the first one.
But wait! Running in one mile laps?! Won’t that be…boring? Only if YOU are boring! (Are you boring? Stop that! Stop it right now!) Not only do laps keep all of our runners and walkers together, they also keep you closer to all the activity. But just in case you still think you’ll be bored, every hour on the hour, there will be Banana Shenanigans, banana-themed activities happening in the infield. Everything from Bucket Head to Noodling Around, and you’re welcome to stop running for a minute to join us, encourage your spectator friends and family to join us, or we’ll just pull some random people off the street to entertain you.
And when it’s all over, you can hop into a banana hammock and revel in your success.
Distances available each day include 5 miles, 10 miles, half marathon. Available only on Saturday: one mile fruity frolic, metric marathon, marathon, and 50K. (We’re working on getting approval to go a little further than that; stay tuned for updates!) Time limit for all distances on Saturday is 8 hours; time limit for all distances on Sunday is 6 hours. WALKERS ARE WELCOME. Yes, you can change distances in the middle of the race. Having a great day? Go further and just pay the difference. Not feeling like top banana? Stop before you hurt yourself and you’ll still get credit for the mileage you covered.
Your registration fee includes entry into the race distance of your choosing, race swag, banana finisher medal for all distances. As is typical for Awesomesauce races, shirts are NOT part of the swag package. Some of you like getting a race shirt, so we do offer them up – along with hoodies, tank tops, and other fun stuff – for an additional fee. Shirt pre-orders will close one month prior to race day, so if you KNOW you’ll want one, please order before then, because we don’t have a crystal ball that will tell us that you had your heart set on a size small tank top but had no intention of registering until three days before the race.
Both days are super low-key and non-competitive; you’re racing you vs. you. We do post results though, so these races qualify for all the popular running clubs. Run races on BOTH days and earn a unique medal for each day PLUS a third AWESOMESAUCE medal for being crazy enough to run two days in a row!
Orange you glad you didn’t choose to run a typical race?
Awesomesauce Events produces low-key, laid-back running events that are more about camaraderie instead of competition. Our courses are not certified and not Boston qualifiers, but they are measured accurately and are USATF sanctioned. You won’t find mid-race splits or mile markers or bands on every corner or an army of volunteers with their arms outstretched holding drinks just for you. There are plenty of races that are more serious, and we choose to run for fun. We do time our races and the results are posted online, but you will not be timed to the millisecond by chip timing equipment. If these things are important to you, we welcome you to search out other race companies. Our races are more like having a picnic with your friends with some running or walking thrown in for fun. We welcome fun-loving, laid-back, family atmosphere type people who are more worried about having a good time over running absolutely as fast as they can. As with any other race put on by any other company, registration fees and add-on fees are final and are not refundable or transferable for any reason. Prices are subject to change. The races will go on rain or shine.