First event of the Gowanus Games:
The Battle of Brooklyn!
The concept was inspired by the first battle of the Revolutionary War which was fought on the shores of the Gowanus Canal, known as the Battle of Long Island (represent!). General Washington had brought his troops into Brooklyn to face the oncoming warships of the British Empire but had to retreat back through what is now Williamsburg, across the East River, and back into Manhattan.
So we take the contestants and put them into the Gowanus Ballroom, a warehouse/art space by the Smith & 9th Street stop, where they’ll have to run to the far side to collect a flag, while our early-arriving crowd can shoot them down with tennis balls, before they have to face the on-coming cannonballs (or in our case, bowling balls with revved up ball returns from newly closed Maple Lanes in Bensonhurst). Once they have one of the ten flags from the ship, they have to hold onto said flags until they make it back across the court and over the starting line.
BEWARE: Not all contestants will be playing fair, but other than keeping the fights and powers on the field, there are no rules!