Earlier today, we heard from SmithFest Events about Runzilla. A one day festival to include an obstacle course, a Crossfit style WOD, a 5k, and race expo.

A portion of their press release states:

The Runzilla Expo is a showcase of fitness products built around multiple athletic competitions all in one day! The event will focus on Obstacle Course Racing, XFit Training and racing of all types. This is the Athlete’s Expo!  Our goal is to deliver an event that brings all the major races, products, athletes and vendors together for a great day of fitness and fun!  Come out and race or just enjoy the exhibitors and spectate the races.

As a reminder, SmithFest Events are the creators of Panic in the Dark and Blizzard Blast. They also are behind The Musical Chairs World Championship and one of the world’s biggest Scavenger Hunts.

We asked CEO Fred Smith:

ORM: When did you first come up with this concept?

Fred: I have been thinking about a fitness expo for a few years and over the last eighteen months had discussed an OCR based Expo and felt OCR only expo wasn’t where I wanted it to go. I wanted a more combined expo that would create a fun meshing of the industries. This would allow the products and races to showcase to the entire running and fitness community.

ORM: How long is the indoor/outdoor course?

Fred: The Indoor/Outdoor OCR course is not finalized for the exact distance as we have a few things we must go over with the venue this week but it will be a short track 1.0 to 1.5 mile course. Keeping this in mind we have added a “unlimited lap” option as part of registration for those who want to get the normal type distance out of their day. We also have a Runzilla “Trinity” option that allows you to complete all three events in one day and receive a “Trinity” Sweatshirt for your accomplishment. The WODZilla Course will be a shorter distance but
with more technical xfit style movements to add to the difficulty andoverall workout.

ORM: Can you list some of the current races/sponsors already aligned?

Fred: We have lots of relationships that we have yearly partnerships with,including: Align Credit Union, Wamesit Lanes, Bahama Breeze, Verizon Wireless, Budweiser, Altitude Trampoline Park, Ameriprise Financial.

ORM: Is there anything else you would like to let us know at this time?

Fred:  The potential of a day of class schedule for patrons that want to come and enjoy a different type of workout than what they are used to, we are working with different local gyms and teachers to organize these
classes. We are also looking into a few motivational speakers is in the works as well.

In the future, we hope to build this event to an entire weekend with 6-8 races with kids pentathlon type event at the indoor track at the High School, a 1/2 Marathon, a Mini tri and some more dynamic race ideas that we have hidden in our vault. This along with adding guest speakers, more great sponsors and some of the industry leaders we hope to become the kick-off to the racing season in New England for years to come!

Learn about the rules, swag, medals and more at

Matt B. Davis

is the host of the Obstacle Racing Media Podcast and the author of "Down and Dirty-The Essential Training Guide for Obstacle Races and Mud Runs". He is also the only (known) #wafflehouseelite obstacle racer.
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