Ontario dad builds ‘Wipeout’-style obstacle course for neighbourhood kids

Nadine Kalinauskas
Good News Writer
Good News

Mike "Crazy Legs" Conley deserves the "coolest dad ever" award. The father of three recently built a 90-foot-long Wipeout-style obstacle course in front of his house for all the kids in his Brooklin, Ontario, neighbourhood to enjoy.

"They were surprised at the final display of it," Conley, a former Wipeout Canada contestant, told ABC News. "I had been building it for a couple months. They knew it was obviously coming. They'd walk out the door and see the whole thing stretching from one neighbour's driveway to the next neighbour."

To land a spot on the show two years ago, Conley created a video of him and his kids navigating a mini-Wipeout course in their backyard.

"We made it to impress the producers, and then it took off virally," Conley said. "I just thought, 'If this got so many views, imagine if I designed an actual course?'"

After two months of planning, more than three hours of assembly, plenty of volunteer manpower, 112 feet of lumber, 14 inflatable loungers, and six pounds of mud (read a more thorough list of materials here), the course was ready for its big reveal on August 11, Wipeout Kids day.

Conley's kids screamed with excitement at the sight of the completed 90-foot course.

Conley wouldn't say how much the course cost — far more than the initial $300 budget, he admits — but claimed "it was worth every penny," adding that he's thrilled to keep his kids active and playing outside.

"We're a pretty active family," he said. "The requests we get from our kids are daily, hourly to play video games, watch TV and be on the computer. While we try to keep it as educational as possible, we try to keep them active.

"A lot of it comes down to being creative, trying to compete with the video games out there. Appreciate your kids' imagination and keep them active. Find ways they can be creative outside without even realizing they're working out. For me, it's just about enjoying your children and having them enjoy their childhood and being involved and engaged. That's really what it's all about."