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ROC Race 5K Heads To LA This Weekend

Additional races to be announced soon.

Additional races to be announced soon.

Photo: rocrace.com

SAN DIEGO VAVi Sport & Social Club (VAVi), a premier coordinator of sports leagues, races, social events and charity opportunities, announced that the first annual Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge (ROC) Race in Los Angeles is set to take place this weekend, November 5th at Fairplex in Pomona, home of the L.A. County Fair. Inspired by television’s popular obstacle course game shows, the 5K race will feature 20 outrageous and challenging obstacles providing fun and entertainment for both competitors and spectators.

With more than 55,000 members in San Diego, VAVi has already seen success launching non-traditional adult sports leagues that include kickball, dodgeball and inner tube water polo.  The first ROC Race was held in San Diego in May 2011 and had over 6,000 participants.  VAVi expects a similar turnout for this inaugural event in the Los Angeles market.

“After the overwhelming success we saw with the first ROC Race in San Diego, we knew we had to take it to Los Angeles, a city where fun and active individuals enjoy crazy competitions and great after parties,” said Latane Meade, president of VAVi. “Today’s popular games shows like Wipe Out have shown us that adults love getting a little ridiculous, and we can’t wait to see what the people of Los Angeles are made of.”

A portion of proceeds from the event will be donated to Movember, whose worldwide fundraising campaign kicks off this month.  Movember, the month formerly known as November, aims to change the face of men’s health by creating a global focus on cancers affecting men. Participation is not only fun, but simple. Once registered at movember.com, men are challenged to start the month clean-shaven and grow a Mo. The moustache becomes the hairy ribbon for men’s health and the guys growing them become a walking billboard for 30 days.

The 5K ROC Race will challenge individuals and teams to conquer multiple obstacles including swinging ropes over water, ball hill climbs, swinging boulders, cargo nets, harassing role players, inflatable slides and more. Additionally, participants and spectators will enjoy the ROC Fest after party featuring live music and DJs, beverages, food vendors and Vendor Village showcasing numerous local businesses.

For more information and to register as an individual or team for the ROC Race, please visit www.rocrace.com.