The Electric Run returned to Floyd Bennett Field over the weekend bringing upbeat music, trippy lights and a fun excuse to work out to the Aviator Sports Center. The annual event attracted nearly 10,000 participants from across the five boroughs, New Jersey and Long Island over the course of two race days.
Unfortunately, this year’s event was stripped down making for a far less interactive experience compared to 2013. After giving up on trying to catch one of the free school buses, we hopped in a shared van and coughed up $4 per person to get to our destination. The run started off with promise as Nero’s Are You Ready blasted near the starting line, but the following 3.1 miles were relatively anticlimactic. The promise of “electric lands” fell flat. A row of light up ice cream cones does not qualify as a “new environment”. Also, I assume that organizers were trying to appeal to families, but they could have picked a more modern playlist. Songs like Michael Jackson’s Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough and The Temptations’ Sugar Pie Honey Bunch dominated the second half of the race. Where was the Fat Boy Slim fountain? Or the crazy room with the hanging umbrellas? Was this minimalist course an attempt to deter the drunk teenagers from last year? I think it worked, but the result was a significantly less lively race.
Long stretches of the 5K were dimly lit (and quiet?), presenting a dangerous trek for runner’s who weren’t watching out for potholes (we saw one chick bite it HARD). I remember multiple water/energy drink stations last year, where this time there was only one. There was far less social opportunities for runners, and even the after party was lacking in size and excitement with a smaller stage and a toned-down sound system.
While I’m all for a fun opportunity to do something healthy, but this year’s event was the opposite of “crushing it”. I didn’t even see a water station at the finish line/party plaza! My friend and I had to sign a petition for Bono’s organization in exchange for a bottle of water. GIMME A BREAK! Ooof. For nearly $70 this year’s event just didn’t deliver the funky, EDM vibes that 2013 brought to the table. Maybe they’ll reevaluate for next year, and throw a little Skrillex on that playlist.