Running of The Balls

Dates and Times:
Monday, August 26th, 2019, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Tuesday, August 27th, 2019, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Wednesday, August 28th, 2019, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Thursday, August 29th, 2019, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Friday, August 30th, 2019, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Saturday, August 31st, 2019, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Pamplaya: Running of The Balls


Giant Ball Sumo Wrestling: 30 minutes of matches beginning at 4:30 pm
Giant Ball Couples Counseling at 5:00 pm each day.
Main Event: Running of the Balls. Two running games beginning at 5:30 pm
All events feature gifts of red bandannas and chilled sangria.

Giant Ball Sumo can happen at any time, and often does. Either within our wooden corral or out on the street, two participants square off in a circle, each wearing a giant inflatable ball. Matches usually last only a minute, as the balls get knocked over and roll out of the ring. A taiko drummer provides drama, and there's always one or two ball wranglers on hand to help participants in and out.

Couples Counseling, in which two people wearing giant balls (could be more if they're from Poly Paradise!!) try to knock some sense into their partner, with some very non-PC advice being shouted at them by our trained counselors from a bullhorn.

Running of the Balls: Each day's activities end with two running games, during which six angry balls are released from our corral into a crowd of red-bandanna-wearing runners. Course flag waivers are positioned around the nearby plaza, and the runners must complete the course and try to survive by not getting knocked down.