by Jacki Mick
In 2010, a group of friends got together and started a Wipeout-style obstacle course in the middle of Orlando's Lake Conway. It was built from inflatable rafts and other pool toys. Five years later, it's grown into one of the most unique blowouts of the summer: the Lake Conway Wipeout.
The competition challenges thrill-seeking participants to complete the grueling course filled with face-smacking pool noodles, slippery floats and other obstacles. It also challenges all attendees to raise money to wipe out blood cancer. One of the creators of the Wipeout, Brandy Bryant, was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia five years ago and was able to control her disease with a drug (that she takes daily) released a year prior to her diagnosis. She realized that not everyone is as lucky as she was and started this event to raise funds to further blood cancer research.
Hosted by Jana Banana of The Philips Phile, the event starts at noon on Saturday, July 26, smack in the middle of Lake Conway. The event is only accessible by boat. All shoreline near the sandbar is private property and will be monitored by the local authorities. So, don't be the kind of douche that parks in someone's driveway and walks through their yard and wades out to the sandbar; be the kind of douche that bums a ride with a friend who owns a boat and ditches 'em the second you hit land. Or stay and help them clean up! Don't be a douche at all!
Some tips if you plan to attend this year's event:
Last year, the Wipeout raised over $10,000 to support Leukemia research and this year they're aiming to double that. You can support the cause by buying raffle tickets, t-shirts or by simply donating on the event's fundraising page.
When: Noon to 5 p.m. (Kid registration begins at 10:30 a.m., adult registration starts at 12:30 p.m.)
Where: Lake Conway (public boat ramp for is located on Hoffner Ave. just east of Orange Ave.)
Here's a video of what you can expect at this year's event: