parkour contest

Our Inaugural Gut-Wrenching Contest

ko generation 2 parkour shoeLadies and gentlemen of Nerve Rush fandom, I present to you one of the craziest, most insane contests you’ve ever seen. In all my years on the Internet superhighway, I have never come across a giveaway so epic in scope. Brace yourselves.

We are giving away a pair of KO Generation 2 Parkour cross-training sneakers, the only shoes guaranteed to make you jump higher and longer, land more fluidly, flip more cohesively–you know, Parkour stuff.

Contest Background

Two weeks ago, the World Freerunning Parkour Federation reached out to Nerve Rush HQ to highlight some of their recent developments—an MTV episode featuring Daniel Arroyo, a number of kickass videos and a super snazzy online store, specific to Parkour training gear. The WFPF was righteous enough to suggest the giveaway, so give them some love.

Contest Details

We keep our entries easy over here. To enter, you must:

[Answer this question in a comment below]: What’s the most extreme thing you have ever done?

[Complete 1 of the following 3 tasks]:

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We’ll narrow it down to 5 of our favorites. Then, we’ll open it up to you. Over 1 week, you can vote for whom you think deserves the shoes the most. Winner gets mad-ill Parkour sneaker swag.

Once clad in the latest Parkour-friendly kicks, you’ll be able to do moves like this:

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Obligatory Fine Print

  • Commenting will close on January 31st, 2012. Voting will take place in February.
  • We know it’s a buzzkill, but for now the only shoe sizes available are men’s 9, 10, 10.5, 11 and 12. That is subject to change.

Alan Perlman

Chief Gut-Wrenching Officer at Nerve Rush
For three years, Alan traveled to 60+ countries as an international cost-of-living surveyor. Back in New York City, when he's not running, rock climbing or preparing for his next gut-wrenching adventure, Alan runs an inbound marketing agency, helping companies to generate more sales-ready leads from inbound marketing efforts.

29 Comments

  1. mrjeffreyweiss says:

    Most extreme: dodging falling ice chunks en route to the summit of Mount Baker

  2. whereisnate says:

    walked across the United States.

    • AlanPerlman says:

      @whereisnate Nate, you might be mistaken. We said “extreme” — simply walking 3,000 miles across the United States, well, I’m just not sure that’s “extreme” enough for Nerve Rush HQ. HARDY HAR HAR.

      • @AlanPerlman@whereisnate HAHA wow Alan!!! What a response to Nate! Hilarious! Nate you rock!

        • whereisnate says:

          @Mark Spot Hero @AlanPerlman@whereisnate Yeah maybe walking isn’t so extreme. Maybe if I walked a little faster? Like a speed walk, or maybe a slow jog?

        • whereisnate says:

          @Mark Spot Hero @AlanPerlman@whereisnate Yeah maybe walking isn’t so extreme. Maybe if I walked a little faster? Like a speed walk, or maybe a slow jog?

    • Joel says:

      C’mon Nate, We said Extreme. Geez.

  3. _rejan_ says:

    I jumped off a bridge into 75m deep gorge. But someone tied a bungy cord to my feet and thats why I’m still alive.

  4. daniel_hanson says:

    Back in ’05 I was doing research in the Brazilian Amazon and we had quite a few interesting/extreme experiences. During my trip we spent 4 days at a rural school on stilts by a small tributary in the absolute middle of nowhere (only accesible by boat). One of the teachers there showed us how easy it was to catch piranhas: 1) one long piece of cane 2) string wrapped around the end 3) a hook 4) anything edible. After catching a few piranhas within the first five minutes and checking out their gnarly teeth, we decided the next logical step would be swimming. This included gratuitous amounts of cannonballs, jack knifes, flips, etc. with nary a nibble.

  5. zsteinert says:

    I studied abroad in Cameroon for a semester. We took a small van on a 20 hour ride that only covered 360 miles. During that ride, we had to push the van out of some big mud puddles, the van crashed into a ditch, a government car in front of us hit a kit, and I had to take my last pee at sunset because it wasn’t safe at night.

  6. zsteinert says:

    I studied abroad in Cameroon for a semester. We took a small van on a 20 hour ride that only covered 360 miles. During that ride, we had to push the van out of some big mud puddles, the van crashed into a ditch, a government car in front of us hit a kid, and I had to take my last pee at sunset because it wasn’t safe at night.

  7. bmwonderly says:

    Last summer a friend and I packed up his car and decided to go on a road trip. We started in Missouri and headed northwest traveling over 5,000 miles and through 14 states. We hiked the hills around Mt. Rushmore, backpacked the Grand Teton mountains, camped on the beach in Seattle, and bouldered the rocks of Jacob’s Tree National Park. We ran out of time before we could visit the Grand Canyon but that will have to be another trip.

    • AlanPerlman says:

      @bmwonderly Ah! I went on a 3 week road trip a few years ago. Grand Canyon, Vegas, Death Valley, SF, Seattle and Whistler. One of the best trips of my life. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Hrostoski says:

    This February I tried out for the Olympic Skeleton Team on a whim. It was pretty friggin extreme. Link here: http://hrostoski.com/2011/08/olympic-skeleton

    Then five months later I drove 4100 miles across North America with my 18 year old brother to spread my recently deceased mother’s ashes. Link here: http://hrostoski.com/mom

    Also went bungee jumping and skydiving with Joel Runyon in the same weekend in June. Not very extreme though, just how we do. #Boom.

  9. CougarLittlefield says:

    In college my friends and I found a ranch in the middle of nowhere, where amateur bull riders practice. For $25, you sign a waiver, get some type of chest and back flak jacket and ride one of the bulls. We had to grab some guy missing teeth to ask what the hell we do cause they just basically told us “In about fifteen minutes, you’ll get on the bull.” The guy went over tips on how to do it and warned us the most dangerous part is being in the cage, you have to watch your legs or the bull might buck you against the metal door and break them. It was the scariest most thrilling thing I have done. I was on 5 seconds which felt like five minutes. It was incredible. I also know how to ride a bull so I am constantly winning at mechanical bulls at bars. I am the guy that the operator suddenly gets excited for cause he gets to start pumping up the volume. Trick is: always stare straight down at the “neck” never look to the side, ahead or anywhere else and use your left arm behind you as balance, it isn’t some Hollywood thing.

    I also went down an abandoned mind shaft with a friend. We found it while hiking and he grabbed some webbing from his car and lowered me down, beams were for sure breaking under my feet.

    • AlanPerlman says:

      @CougarLittlefield My brain is telling me to “find…mechanical….bull…now”

      • CougarLittlefield says:

        Haha! Excellent! Oh and sorry if you are right handed you want to use that behind you to balance and kept a good tight grip with your left hand under the strap, obviously if you can get the strap tight, get it as tight as possible. Keep staring at its neck and let your body flow with the movement. All that to say obviously I am no pro but it is a blast!! Highly recommend it. @AlanPerlman

  10. JordanRoberts says:

    Humans. The most dangerous game.

  11. Last year I told my buddy I would run a long trail with him but I had to do some training. I played some ultimate and volleyball for a few weeks but didn’t do much specific training. We hit the day and were off to run the Juan De Fuca trail on Vancouver Island. What takes most people 4 days to hike, took us 7 hours to run. The 47 kilometer trail has an elevation gain and loss of over 9000 feet. We were absolutely bagged at the end but it felt good to finish.

  12. Marv.n.Jo says:

    Hey fellas! We too were at WDS. Probably crossed paths, but regrettably never met you either because a) we sat at different parts of the huge room or b) didn’t overlap in workshops.

    Anyhow…sorry to digress. It’s not on your list…but my wife and I walked on fire this past summer.

    Not sure if that is Parkour-shoe qualifying…but figured we’d throw it out there.

    Happy New Year!

  13. Ryan says:

    Tried to win a pair of KOs.

  14. Ian Robinson says:

    Too bad the contest is over – but I’d like to share anyways.

    I drove out to the middle of the Australian Outback, cold called cattle stations until I got a job and a month later I found myself on the back of a horse herding thousands of cattle at full gallop across a 500,000 acre cattle station with a team of helicopters and motorcycles.

    We had to load 1,500 250-350 KG calfs on Road Trains headed for Darwin where they would be loaded onto a ship bound for South East Asia.

    One of our team needed the Royal Doctors service to fly out and pick him up after being bucked from a horse spooked by all the mad dust, sweat and cattle.

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