The Superhero Scramble set up camp at Amelia Earhart Park in Hialeah, FL, which I consider to be the Amesbury of Miami. It has become the venue of choice for the 3-6 mile obstacle course events. There’s onsite parking ($10) just off the entrance, which provides a very short walk to the festival area with car access if you need it. The various lakes, open fields, and extensive mountain bike trails provide the necessary terrain for quality runs.
Registration and bag check ($5) appeared smooth for those who used them. I took advantage of offsite packet pickup, which always speeds up race day.
The festival area included sponsor tents, merchandise, a live band, and access to the final handful of obstacles. I did not take advantage of the bevy of local food trucks, but was impressed with their menus. Grass-fed beef & bison burgers and other gourmet fare were available. The large shade tents provided for spectators were both smart and effective.
The Superhero Scramble did not disappoint those who came to see costumes. They were ample. My kids liked Gumby most and everyone from the Hall of Justice was represented. There were also a few villains and many teams in non-hero themed matching outfits.
The race kicked off a midst a green smoke grenade. Here were the obstacles I conquered:
- Barbed wire crawl
- Pile of tires to traverse
- Water crossing via tunnel
- Leap of Faith jump into lake
- Water crossing via wire balance
- Rock climbing walls 10′ or 5′
- Net climb up a trail hill
- Pair of 8′ walls
- Over under through walls
- 5 gallon bucket of water carry
- Rope climb with thick rope and generous knots between a pair of double stacked shipping containers
- US Marines section with 10 burpees, low crawl, baby crawl & 15 reps of ammo box press
- Cargo net suspended by a pair of double stacked shipping containers
- “Hell Freezes Over” small fire jump immediately followed by a low crawl through freezing water
- Steep angled wall climb with knotted and unknotted rope (your choice)
- Water slide into green slime with questionable viscosity
- Mud crawl under very low barbed wire
- Run into a US Marine holding kickboxing pad
I had a wonderful time running with an unofficial team of veteran runners and first timers. The Superhero Scramble course was not outside the box, but was loads of fun. I strongly recommend you add the Superhero Scramble to calendar in 2013. They look like they are gaining traction in the OCR world. Go experience the scramble for yourself June 8th in Amesbury.