You ever heard someone tell you the story of the time they ran a marathon?
“I ran between the markers for four hours, and listened to my iPod. Towards the end I got really tired, but then I finished it. Also, I saw buildings and people. Oh yah, and I put a 26.2 sticker on the back of my car.”
That’s pretty much everyone’s marathon story, right? Snooze fest. Running a marathon is certainly an admirable accomplishment, and a feat deserving of praise. But when it comes to stories, it’s kind of a dud.
“I hid under a car so I wouldn’t get tagged, then I ducked into bar, had a beer, and went out the fire escape.”
“There were two of them after me, closing in on me on their bikes, one of them jumped off and ran behind me, I could hear him right there, but just before they tagged me, I made it to the safe zone.”
“When I got to the check point, the sun was setting. We were at this abandoned warehouse with graffiti all over it. Out of nowhere, six guys suddenly appear wearing black robes and those ghost masks. Nobody said a word…”
“I made it here alive!”
Story is a critical element to our event Rougarou: Journey to the End of the Night (JEN). It’s not about completing a 5k or getting there first, it’s about having a unique experience in our awesome city, and sharing this one night with friends and strangers.
The best part about JEN (for me, at least) is that you don’t have to be athletic to be good at it, and you don’t have to be good at it to have an awesome time.
When the event starts, you’ll be given a map with 5 checkpoints on it. You’ll have to get from checkpoint to checkpoint (you choose your own course), and get to the end without getting tagged by a Rougarou. At each checkpoint, you’ll have to complete a challenge (normally something silly, but nothing hard), in order to move on to the next. If at anytime you get tagged by a Rougarou, you become one yourself and have to tag other people. Frankly, if you become a Rougarou, it’s just as much fun as finishing the race.
The game is just as much about being clever, sneaky and patient as it is about being fast or strong.
And, most importantly to me, it’s about story. Look for more in future blog posts, but it’s important why the Rougarous are in Columbus, Ohio, and what happens to you. How you get into and out of predicaments is critical to the game. The best part is at the end, which will be held at the private lounge at the Gateway Film Center, where old friends, new friends and people you’ve never met before are all trading stories about how they got out of a jam, or how they finally got caught.
Rougarou: Journey to the End of the Night will be held on September 20. It’s free to participate in.
To stay in the loop, join our Facebook event here. We also need the support of our community, if you can make a financial contribution on our IndieGoGo campaign, it goes a long way. Plus there are some cool perks available.
It doesn’t matter if you’re fast or slow, smart or dumb, you’ve got to check out this event. It’s going to be a really cool night, and one way or another, you’ll come away with an unforgettable story.