5K Ice Cream Race at Bull Run

5K Ice Cream Race at Bull Run

Fundraiser to benefit The Fisher House.

The Ice Cream Race will include a sweet slide.

The Ice Cream Race will include a sweet slide. Photo contributed

Several thousand people are expected for the fourth annual 5K obstacle Ice Cream Race, which will be held Saturday, May 6, at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville. The event includes an ice cream-themed obstacle course with whipped cream-like foam, a chocolate syrup water slide, and a banana peel pit. It will be held every half hour from from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

In addition, costumed people will line the race route dressed as ice cream cones, cherries and bananas; they will be throwing cherry bomb water balloons and other goodies at the runners. For added fun, there will be Knockerball (for $5), music, food trucks, ice cream eating competitions, and wild costume competitions.

Once runners cross the finish line, they’ll be rewarded with a custom made medal — and ice cream.

"The Ice Cream Race 5K is a fun run like no other," said organizer Max Bawarski, 34, a physical education teacher at Providence Elementary School in Fairfax. "This is an experience of a lifetime. Go down a chocolate syrup slide, trudge through foam like whipped cream, limbo through a banana peel pit, and more. This is a great way to kick off the summer and have a lot of fun with family and friends."

Bawarski also organized several Blood and Guts Runs during past Halloweens that had 5,000 attendees, and he is planning another Blood and Guts Run scheduled for October 2017 at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville.

For the Ice Cream Race, some of this year's obstacle highlights include: a waffle cone cargo net, slippery beams, a chocolate syrup water slide, a luscious ladder wall, icy rope wall, sticky steeple chase, frigid up-and-over wall, and sweet slide.

The races start every half hour beginning at 9 a.m.; 9:30 a.m.; 10 a.m.; 10:30 a.m.; and 11 a.m. The entry price ranges from $49 if purchased by April 28, and $59 if purchased by May 6. This is a rain or shine event, and the minimum age to race is 5. There is a rinse station at the end of the race. A portion of the profits this year will benefit The Fisher House which helps military families.

The venue is at Bull Run Regional Park, Special Events Center, 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville, VA 20121. For more details, email max@theicecreamrace.com or call Bawarski at 703-593-3173. There are also discounts for various professions including police officers, teachers, nurses, and firefighters who run. For discount tickets, email max@theicecreamrace.com.

Visit www.theicecreamrace.com to register and find more information.