2018 Twin Cities Smoosh Racing Championship

Northstar Running is excited to present the 2018 Twin Cities Smoosh Championship.  For the second year in a row, we are thrilled to partner with Bauhaus Brew Labs as the official race host and refreshment center before, during, and after the smoosh races.  New this year, Northstar Running has also partnered with Children’s Hospital to make this a charitable event.  All race entries will be donated to Children’s Minnesota.  Who doesn’t want to smoosh race for a good cause!!!
Smoosh racing consists of teams of four people, all wearing a pair of shoes attached to a set of two 2x4s.  In head to head showdowns teams race approximately 50 yards down a straight course, turn around a pylon, and race back to the start.  The goal is to work together as a team to complete the course as quickly as possible.  Anything can happen in these races, with excitement right up until the finish!  Talk about a great winter team building activity!
The winning team will receive the 2018 Smoosh Award, and more importantly, bragging rights for the year!  After the races, we’ll be hosting a drawing for door prizes for both racers and fans.  Round up your friends, co-workers, teammates, or family and join us for a fun morning of smosh racing and socializing.

Event Details

When February 17, 2018
Where Bauhaus Brew Labs
1315 Tyler Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Schedule 10:00 AM Check-in
11:00 AM Race Start
12:00 PM Post Race Refreshments
Entry $20 per team ($5 per individual).
Registration: http://www.northstarrunning.com/events/2018-smoosh-race
More Details www.northstarrunning.com/events/smooshrace
Facebook Event
Other Information
  • If you are unable to find 4 people willing to participate, please contact runners@northstarrunning.com; we may be able to help you fill out your team.
  • If you are unsure how to build smoosh board, please contact runners@northstarrunning.com; we are happy to help you.
  • We will have a basic repair kit on race day for any adjustments or fixes you may need to make to your boards on race day.

Rules

Rules for teams and equipment include:

    1. All racers must be at least 15 years old.
    2. All racers (and a parent if under age 18) must sign a liability release form prior to participating.
    3. 2x4s must be 8 feet long.
    4. Bottom of 2x4s must be natural wood – no paint, cleats, traction, wax, grooves, etc.
    5. Racers can attach their feet to the 2x4s in any manner.
    6. There must be at least 4 feet attached to each 2x4.
    7. Teams must have 4 racers in order to compete.
    8. The sides and tops of the boards can be decorated as long as the decorations don’t aid in racing. It’s highly encouraged to decorate your boards.  Get creative and have fun!
    9. We will have one pair of extra boards available for teams, but we strongly recommend that you build your own set. Need help with that?  Contact us at runners@northstarrunning.com
    10. The race winner is the first team to go around the cone and back. The entire smoosh board must cross the finish line, not just the first person.
    11. The tournament format will be as follows. Each team will be randomly assigned to one of four groups of teams. Each group will compete in a round robin style pool, with each team racing all of the other teams in the group. This guarantees your team will get to race at least three times. The winner of each bracket will face off in a randomly seeded single elimination bracket.

Smoosh Board Construction

Equipment
Quantity Description
2 8' 2x4s
8 Hex Head Screw for Wood, Zinc-Plated Steel, 3/8" Size, 1-1/2" Long
8 Steel Washer for 3/8" Screw Size
8 Rounded Head Screws Number 8 Size, 1" Long
8 Steel Washer for #8 Screw Size
4 Pairs of Shoes
Tools
Cordless Drill with Phillips Head Screwdriver
3/8" diameter drill bit to drill a hole in each pair of shoes
Wrench for Hex Head Screw (Socket Wrench preferred)

Tips and Tricks

Some tips and tricks we’ve learned:

    1. It’s helpful to have a team captain in the first spot on the boards to set the cadence, and to call out turn, start, stop, etc.
    2. Attaching shoes to the boards with screws or bolts is efficient. Add as large a washer as possible when attaching shoes to the board.  This helps keep the bolt or screw head from tearing through the bottom of the shoe.
    3. Practice before race day.
    4. Have fun! (And don’t forget to drink some Bauhaus Brew!)