Raleigh, N.C. — Slide the City returns to the Oak City Saturday, and more people than ever before are expected to enjoy shorter wait times and splashy rides down Glenwood Avenue on the 1,000 foot world record-breaking slip-and-slide.
Riders need to sign up in advance to participate in this all-day event, which draws tremendous crowds from both in and around Raleigh. The event, which sold out last year, was a huge success, but many riders complained about the wait to slide.
This year, event organizers have changed things up a little bit to address that issue. "We are now implementing waves into registration," said Brad Behle, an Event Director for Slide the City. "This means that everyone has a block of time they sign up for to slide."
Tickets for the event, which range from just over $10 to $99 depending on sliding frequency and time of purchase, enable riders to ride once, three times or as many times as they can fit into the eight-hour sliding block. As Behle said, all sliders will sign up for particular blocks of time in which they can slide.
Slide the City is a national event that has reached 32 states and some locations in Canada, so the new organizational method has already been tested in other cites. "It has changed the wait times dramatically and added a lot to the overall experience of the event," said Behle.
The big green water slide, which is padded for riders' comfort, was made in the United States and travels throughout the country to bring Slide the City to different areas. Although the slide is only open from noon - 7 p.m., sliders and onlookers can arrive early and stay late to enjoy a family-friendly block party with live music, food, drinks and local vendors.
Tickets are still available on the event website for triple slider, single slider, ultimate slider and all-day slider options. All ticket options come with a drawstring bag and a mouth guard, but larger packages come with T-shirts, inflatable tubes and more.
All riders are required to slide on tubes. If your ticket doesn't include a tube, you can bring your own or purchase one at the event. The event will be held at 200 Glenwood Avenue.