The Stampede – No Walk In the Park

© Rohan Harvey Photography
© Rohan Harvey Photography

Run wild through a grueling 5km or 10km obstacle course. You’ll crawl through thick mud, climb up cargo nets, slide down the giant slip & slide, run through live wires charged with 10,000 volts and wash it all down with a beer on one crazy day.

The Stampede has already charged through Brisbane and Melbourne earlier in the year, and now it’s Sydney’s turn to run wild at The Stampede at Mount Penang Parklands at Kariong on Saturday 17th November 2012.

The Stampede is renowned as one of the craziest events of the year and sees participants run through a 5km or 10km obstacle course that includes barbed wire, mud and ice pits, a giant slip & slide and live electrical wires charged with 10,000 volts of electricity. There’s even The Stampede’s own version of Spain’s famous La Tomatina, a giant tomato fight, which sees participants hurling one tonne of squishy tomatoes at each other.

Anyone can take part regardless of their fitness level as The Stampede is not about crossing the finish line first, it’s about challenging yourself, helping others along the way and having a laugh with your mates. This year the obstacles are set to be even more challenging which means participants will need the help of fellow participants, or “Stampeders”, to complete many of them. There are no prizes to be won, only glory, and all finishers aged over 18 receive a free beer at the finish line. After the run, participants are encouraged to stick around, enjoy a cold beer and take in the live music and entertainment.

Michael Hare from Newcastle is one of several thousand participants who are ready to take on The Stampede. “I’m not a fan of running in general but running through The Stampede’s obstacle course is more interesting and challenging. There’s also a great atmosphere at the events, there’s a lot of good humour between the participants so it’s a lot of fun” says Michael, who is running The Stampede together with a team of thirteen friends.

The Stampede supports CanTeen, Lifeline and The Wilderness Society as the official event charity partners, with over $45,000 raised so far. Participants are encouraged to have their family, friends and colleagues to sponsor them to raise much needed funds for these great charities. Participants who raise over $500 for one of these charities will receive a free ticket to The Stampede.

Volunteers are also being sought to assist with coordinating the event and in return will receive a free ticket to run in The Stampede. “Volunteering is a great way to get involved, have fun, meet new people and enjoy the great atmosphere at the event.” says Brigette Smith, Event Director for The Stampede.

The Stampede will be charging into Mount Penang Parklands at Kariong on the Central Coast on Saturday 17th November 2012.

The Stampede is proudly sponsored by Brooks and Nova 969.

Check out Facebook Page for The Stampede.