Participants will be converging on Plattekill Mountain in Roxbury today for a unique run that features tough terrain, rock walls and a slide full of slime.
The Superhero Scramble is an obstacle course race with a twist: Contestants are encouraged to dress up in superhero costumes.
“Superhero was the most positive thing I could think of,” said Sean “Ace” O’Connor, President, CEO and co-founder of Superhero Scramble, when asked how he’d come up with the concept.
The idea for creating an obstacle course race began to form in O’Connor’s head after he participated in a race himself in February 2011.
“I was really inspired seeing all these different types of people doing it,” said O’Connor, saying that he saw everyone from couch potatoes to serious athletes taking part.
O’Connor then spent the next six months traveling the country and participating in an obstacle course race a week and in November of that year, the first Superhero Scramble race was held.
There have now been 10 Superhero Scramble races, which can range from four miles to marathon distance and feature 20+ obstacles.
O’Connor said that he and his company were drawn to Plattekill after a friend from New York recommended it.
“We look for really wicked terrain, and Plattekill has one of the most wicked terrains you can find,” he said.
O’Connor said they’d first contacted Plattekill in April, and that the management has been very receptive and cooperative.
“They saw ... us as being the leaders in the industry.”
O’Connor says that the race in Plattekill will be just over six miles. Participants will be sent out in eight different waves, with the first wave starting at 9:00 a.m. and the last launching at 1:00 p.m. Some of the obstacles that contestants will need to overcome include rock walls, water crossings, a leap of faith and the Super Slime Slide. And while costumes aren’t mandatory, plenty of people take advantage of the opportunity to run in them.