OGDEN -- Four Airmen from the 2nd Combat Camera Squadron (2nd CTCS) at Hill Air Force Base competed in this year's 5K Foam Fest at Fort Buenaventura Park in Ogden Sept. 24.
The two-day event, held by Round House Racing Sept. 23-24, was broken down into a series of staggered races, or heats. Each heat was far from a typical 5K run, as competitors went around, over, under and through a variety of obstacles ... and of course, lots of foam. Along the route were tire crawls, cargo nets, wooden logs, climbing walls, and even a "suds 'n slide."
The 2nd CTCS Airmen competed in the third heat Sept. 24. Staff Sgt. Austin Smith, 2nd CTCS documentation flight, finished first in the squadron and placed fourth overall in the heat.
"I went out and ran as hard as I could," Smith said. "My goal was to come out and have a good time, but I wanted to compete as well."
"It was a lot of fun," he said.
While Smith and his teammates were soaking up the suds on the race course, two other squadron Airmen were supporting Foam Fest as event volunteers. Master Sgt. Jason Wilkerson, 2nd CTCS production flight, and Tech. Sgt Dennis Henry Jr., 2nd CTCS documentation flight, provided water to competitors approaching one of the race's "water hazards" -- a series of inner tubes stretching across the Ogden River.
"I came out to support my squadron members who are running in the race," said Wilkerson. "I have a broken foot so I wasn't able to run, but I wanted to come out and volunteer, to do whatever I can to help out."
"This is an awesome volunteer opportunity," he said. "There are a lot of 5K races, but this throws in different obstacles and things to go through, so it's not your typical 5K."
While the 5K Foam Fest was open to participants 14 years of age and above, there was a Rugrat Run for children between the ages of 8 and 13. Round House Racing also held 5K Foam Fests this month in Idaho Falls, Idaho and Reno, Nev.
"Whether you come here to race or volunteer, you're going to have a lot of fun either way, and it's a great way to be a part of the community," said Smith.
For more information on the 5K Foam Fest and photos from the event, visit: http://5kfoamfest.com/Utah.php.