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Case Studies


FEB 2019

When the organisers of the 5K Foam Fest were in need of equipment for their national events, Kennards Hire was bubbling with enthusiasm to help.

The 5K Foam Fest is owned by Canadian company 365 Sports. A one-of-a-kind charity fun run, 5K Foam Fest features 22+ obstacles, mud pits, the world’s largest inflatable waterslide, and over 70,000 cubic metres of foam.

After enjoying a great deal of success in Canada, 5K Foam Fest expanded to the USA and now to Australia for the first time.

As well as the run itself, the event includes a live DJ, free kids’ zone, food vendors and beer gardens. It’s more like a festival than a fun run, and it attracts thousands of participants and spectators who are keen to soak up the atmosphere.

The Challenge of Staging Foamy Fun Runs

365 Sports engaged local company Wingman Marketing to manage their Australian operations.

Any major event requires equipment to run safely and smoothly, from toilets to crowd control barriers, generators, leads and more.

With seven fun runs in five cities, the 5K Foam Fest organisers soon realised they had extensive equipment needs on a national level. To simplify operations, they wanted to work with a single supplier rather than multiple suppliers across different states.

They needed a supplier that was reliable, had national reach and had all the equipment they needed.

Making Equipment Hire Easy

With 156 branches nationally, Kennards Hire had the capacity to meet the equipment needs of 5K Foam Fest. The team supplied the festival with generators, fencing, crowd control barriers, leads and portable toilets for all their events around the country.

The enthusiasm and co-operation of the Kennards Hire team was a major contributor to the success of the event, as Kennards Hire Business Development Manager Juliette Issavi explains.

“Kennards Hire has a one family attitude,” she says. “We co-ordinated between branches to meet the quantities required. Everyone was on board and excited to make it happen.”

The equipment was delivered on site by Kennards Hire trucks and moved into place by smaller vehicles, taking care not to damage the grass underneath.

A Great Result

The 5K Foam Fest events held so far have been a huge success and the client is very happy with their choice of equipment supplier.

We've had fantastic support and service from Kennards Hire. It didn’t matter what time of day it was, Kennards Hire was out here helping us when we needed it,” says Chris Toward, from Wingman Marketing.

The team at Kennards Hire loved being part of staging such a fantastic event, and is looking forward to working with the 5K Foam Fest in the future. 


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