Entertaining the Masses: Gladiator Rock ‘n Run

It’s balls to the wall time!

Raise your hand if you have ever wanted to compete on American Gladiators. If your hand isn’t raised, then you are either a liar or a coward.

Well, on Saturday, October 29th, you can fulfill that fantasy…kind of. Starting at 9 AM at the Pacific Raceways in Kent, the Gladiator Rock ‘n Run, a 3-mile American Gladiator-inspired obstacle course and charity event kicks off in a grand fashion.

“I think inside of us there is a champion, a warrior,” says Dan Clark, event founder and former American Gladiator. “There is that thing inside of us seeking to get out and compete.”

Clark, better known by his gladiator name “Nitro,” founded this event to help raise money for the charity organization TACA, or Talk About Curing Autism. All proceeds will go towards finding a cure for autism, a condition that afflicts six children out of every 1000.

Also, expect to get very, very muddy. There are 14 obstacles, including a cargo net, mud pits, and a giant water slide known as “Skid Marks.”

“I call it skid marks because water and mud will go up places you never dreamed of,” Clark says menacingly.

All day long there will be a big party, featuring bands, food, and, of course, beer. Every contestant who competes (who is of age) will get a free beer for participating, as well as a free t-shirt, a “Gladiator Tough” medal, and more.

Each race will be run in waves of 500 people of all ages, with the first wave starting at 9 AM and the last starting at 2 PM. All ages are welcome, and costumes (and spandex) are highly encouraged.

There is a $65 entry fee for all participants. Competitors must be at least 14 years old on the day of the race. There will be prizes for top finishers, best costumes and more. For more info, visit the Gladiator Rock ‘n Run website.

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