5k Foam Fest

5k Foam Fest

Get ready for squeaky clean fun in one of the craziest - and most popular fun-run competions around. The 5k Foam Fest in Nanaimo offers up plenty of shenanigans for competitors who run, jump and bounce their way through mud pits and a series of obstacles.

Festival Dates:
Festival Type: Sports
Community: Nanaimo
Province: British Columbia

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The 5K Foam Fest is part costume party, party crazy obstacle course. Enter as a team with your neighbours, family or workmates or as an indvidual. It's not necessarily about who wins, but who has the most fun. First-timers and hard-core "mudders" are welcome to try to make to the finish line, which will leave you sparkling clean and ready to party afterwards. 

Participants receive a race bib, tattoo, water,  beach towel, medal and a Chapman’s Sports Lolly popsicle with registration.

The festival grounds are equipped with showers. A $5 gear check fee goes to the local Habitat Canada chapter. Though the race is the main event, there's also a kids' fun zone, a 25-foot-drop sky fall, food and drink and an onsite DJ cranking out tunes. 

Did you know Nanaimo is home to the Nanaimo Bar Trail? After your run, take a sweet self-guided adventure through the city and sample some treats. 

5K Foam Fest in Nanaimo

Featured obstacles

Mud Pits


Get down and dirty, slipping and sliding in the mud pits.

D-Drop Mega Slide


Get a thrill - and a ridiculous grin - sliding down the D-Drop Mega Slide. 

Body Washer


Finish the race by running through the Body Washer as you sprint to the finish.

Festival information:

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Upon arriving to the 5k Foam Fest you will enter the festival grounds. This area includes a donation-based gear check, chill zones, where you can eat lunch, stretch and rest, a wash station for after the race, a retail store filled with Foam Fest merchandise, live music from the 5k Foam Fest DJs, kids' fun zone and the  popular Skyfall – a 25-foot drop into an airbag.


Registration to the race now for earlybird deals. Prices increase to $85 at the gate. Heats begin at 8 a.m. and run until 4 p.m.

Get tickets here.

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For more information on the 5k Foam Fest, head to the official website.

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