In Erie, Plans Being Finalized for Insane Inflatable 5K

29 Jun, 2015

Autism Society Northwestern PA to Receive Donation from First-Time National Event

The Insane Inflatable 5K, which is coming to Erie on Saturday, September 26 at Lake Erie Speedway, has announced more plans. The event, a new, dynamic fun run series made up of inflatable obstacles, is coming to Erie for the first time.

Erie Sports Commission has announced that the Autism Society Northwestern Pennsylvania is to be the local charity partner for its Erie race. The event, a new, dynamic fun run series made up of inflatable obstacles, is coming to Erie for the first time on Saturday, September 26 at Lake Erie Speedway.

As the local charity partner, Autism Society Northwestern PA will receive a portion of the proceeds from the Insane Inflatable 5K. Those funds will be donated by the event based on volunteers provided to staff the event, runner donations, a dedicated charity wave at the event, and an online fundraising tool.

For every participant who enters the code “AUTISM” when purchasing a race entry, the Insane Inflatable 5K will donate $5 back to the Autism Society Northwestern Pennsylvania. The code may be entered at checkout.

Insane Inflatable 5K is a for-profit, traveling event series. The event is committed to raising funds and awareness for a local charity in each of the cities it visits.

Erie Downtown will host its weekly Block Party Thursday at The Plymouth Tavern to benefit Autism Society NWPA. Autism Society Northwestern Pennsylvania is a parent organization that provides support for individuals and families living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder in Erie, Crawford, Venango, and Mercer Counties. Autism Society NWPA replies 100% on fundraising dollars to meet its mission goals and support the local community.  The funds are used to support families, provide local grants, host conferences and educational seminars, and provide resources about Autism through presentations and printed material. 

The event series is taking place in more than 70 cities across the United States, and Erie will be its only stop in Western Pennsylvania.

Five new obstacles have been added to the signature inflatables for the 2015 tour, all of which range in size and complexity. These include “Pure Misery,” a 100-foot obstacle testing strength, agility, flexibility, and endurance, “Jump Around,” the largest inflatable of its kind with more than 70 feet of bounce pad, and “Vertigo,” the most awe-inspiring inflatable of the event where participants climb to the top of a six-story slide and slide down to finish the race.

Registration is $52 until July 3, with prices increasing until event day or until the event sells out. Children are welcome to participate, with a suggested minimum age of 8 years old and a minimum height requirement of 42”.

For more information and to register, visit

The Erie Sports Commission is committed to promoting the Erie region as a prime destination for sports and recreation. The major goals of the ESC are to attract, create, support, and host sporting and recreational events that have a positive economic impact on the region, and assist in maximizing the potential of all regional sports facilities and venues. The ESC strives to enhance the image of Erie by showcasing the community, promote wellness through healthy lifestyles, and improve the quality of life for community members of all ages.


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