Watch Out for the Big Balls

Dallas runners can get the snot knocked out of them at Wipeout-themed 5k

Runners can get the snot knocked out of them at Wipeout-themed 5k

Wipeout Run 5k
The first-ever Wipeout Run 5k at Globe Life Park in Arlington on March 21, 2015, will have participants contending with numerous big ball-themed obstacles. Photo courtesy of Wipeout Run 5k

If you've ever wanted to take a crack at the crazy obstacle courses on ABC's Wipeout​, you'll soon be able to experience the next best thing: Wipeout Run 5k, coming to Globe Life Park in Arlington on March 21, 2015.

The event, which is similar to the Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge that was held recently in Austin and other cities, will have its first official stop in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The event has eight other scheduled stops around the United States in 2015, including Houston on March 28.

The big difference between the Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge and the Wipeout Run is that Endemol North America, which produces the TV series, has given its official approval for the tie-in, allowing organizers to use obstacles like the show's patented Big Balls, Sweeper Arms and Wrecking Balls.

As you could imagine, with the potential for pratfalls all over the course, the event is not really aimed at dedicated runners. Instead, it is an untimed event open to anyone 18 and over who's willing to get the snot knocked out them by the various obstacles.

Registration for the event is now open, starting at $59. If you think this might be your thing at all, it's best to sign up early, as prices increase every month or so, ending up at $89 on race day.