There is nothing quite like a roller coaster ride – the thrills, the sounds, the embarrassing photos. However, did you know there is an event where you can be rewarded for riding coasters? When the Roller Coaster Race returns to Great Escape on July 16, registered participants will be able to compete in a 10K or 5K race around the park’s world-class roller coasters, as well as complete a roller coaster 5K by riding any combination of them!
Created back in 2014, the Roller Coaster Race is a first-of-its-kind national running series that works with amusement parks to promote both fitness and entertainment for people of all ages. Runners, walkers, and roller coaster enthusiasts are encouraged to sign up and spend the day outdoors at the park.
When the Roller Coaster Race returns to the Great Escape this July, the 10K and 5K run/walk will be less about competing and more about having fun. Anyone who finishes a race will be given a medal, and there will be post-race refreshments, a DJ, and an award ceremony. However, as an added bonus to the 10K race, the top three male and female finishers will receive prize money.
The exciting event doesn’t end with the two races. Afterward, you will have the chance to earn another medal by completing the Roller Coaster Ride 5K challenge. All you have to do is ride a cumulative distance of 5K on any Great Escape roller coaster, which includes the Comet, Steamin’ Demon, the new Greezed Lightnin,’ and more. To make it even easier, the event’s organizers will track your progress as you ride.
“The Great Escape is a beautiful venue and an ideal setting for the Roller Coaster Race,” said Roller Coaster Race Director Adam Slate in a press release.
In support of local communities, proceeds from the Roller Coaster Race at the Great Escape will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Southern Adirondacks and the Moreau Community Center. However, there is an option to donate to a different charity when you register for the event.
Registration for any of the race events comes with a Great Escape ticket, a free shirt and photo download, and free parking. Following the two races, participants will have exclusive access to the Great Escape’s rides before the park officially opens for day.
The 5K and 10K will begin at 7:30AM on July 16, and the Roller Coaster Ride 5K will run all afternoon from 10:00AM-5:00PM. The last day to register online for the Roller Coaster Race is July 12, and tickets will cost more from July 13-15. There is no race-day registration for the 5K/10K races.
Think you can handle the roller coaster 5K?