Maniacs invade Floyd Bennett Field

They’re not athletes. they’re just your run-of-the-mill maniacs — and they’ve taken Aviator Sports and Events Center by storm!

Thousands of crazed, obstacle course-loving daredevils flocked to Floyd Bennett Field on June 30 for a grueling day of sloshing through mud and scaling rope bridges as they raced in the Rugged Maniac 5K.

The day-long event featured 25 waves of races, which had competitors — both facing off as individuals and on teams — braving mud pits, climbing cargo nets, and avoiding swinging pendulums.

There was even a battle royale between teams from the city police and fire departments.

Marine Park resident Joe Myrthil, Carl Nazareir, and Jack Hang received awards as the top-three male finishers.

Awards were also given to the fastest runner overall, the top-three female finishers, and the quickest runners in the under-18 and over-55 age groups.

After the intrepid runners proved their mettle, they celebrated with a rollicking after-party with performances by the bands Workout and TJ Kong & The Atomic.

The event was one of four grimy competitions at Aviator this year: the Metro Dash, which was held back in May; the Special Olympics, set for Oct. 13; and the Civilian Military Combine on Oct. 22.

Aviator Sports and Events Center [3159 Flatbush Ave. in Floyd Bennett Field in Mill Basin, (718) 758–7500].

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