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