The Pit Bulls, champs of Punk Rope Games VIII
Bouncing Basques at the 2017 Punk Rope Games
Muted Mutton
Bernadette Robinson

The Punk Rope Games

A cross between the Olympics and Mardi Gras, the Punk Rope Games have been held annually in New York City since 2009.

The Games feature teams of 4 in costume competing in 10 events. Their goal: to bring home the coveted Punk Rope Trophy. Win or lose, the entire Punk Rope community comes together to celebrate at the post-Games party.

The events vary from year to year with most involving jumping rope, although we’ve also used dreidels, foam cubes, Spikeballs, Kadima paddles, bowling pins, Waboba Street Balls and Moon Balls, styrofoam noodles, and the ever popular rubber chicken. There are team events, partner events, and individual events—something for everyone.

Below is a brief history of the Punk Rope Games:

Punk Rope Games I • May 16, 2009
McCarren Park • Brooklyn, NY
Champion: Swine Floozies (Cheryl Cohen, Shaun Seneviratne, Maureen Walsh, Howard Wu)

Punk Rope Games II • May 22, 2010
McCarren Park • Brooklyn, NY
Champion: Camila 4Ever (Adam Neves, Erin Ronder, Maureen Walsh, Howard Wu)

Punk Rope Games III • May 22, 2011
Cooper Park • Brooklyn, NY
Champion: Bone Jumpers (Bengey Asse, Kevin Sullivan, Jason Watt, Lauren Wistrom)

Punk Rope Games IV • June 24, 2012
William Sheridan Playground • Brooklyn, NY
Champion: Phat Positive (Joe Katz, Alanna Rios, Heather Wagner, Jeff Wood)

Punk Rope Games V • May 19, 2013
Newtown Barge Playground • Brooklyn, NY
Champion: Super Sauce (Claire Francois, Sahy Lalime, Jeremy Rafal, Howard Wu)

Punk Rope Games VI • June 7, 2014
Newtown Barge Playground • Brooklyn, NY
Champion: Ghost Jumpers (Melody Baugh, Kimmie David, Joe Katz, Kevin Sullivan)

Punk Rope Games VII • Sept 26, 2015
Newtown Barge Playground • Brooklyn, NY
Champion: Hopping Max (Claire Francois, Tomer Grassiany, Tim Kafalas, Joe Katz)

Punk Rope Games VIII • Oct 1, 2016
Murphy’s Brother’s Playground • New York, NY
Champion: The Pitbulls (Claire Francois, Joe Katz, Geo Malave)

Punk Rope Games IX • Sept 23, 2017
Lowery Plaza • Queens, NY
Champion: Muted Mutton (Claire Francois, Joe Katz, Rich Mudge, Shawnette Proper)

SELECTED PUNK ROPE GAMES RECORDS
(all events 1 minute long)

Criss Cross: 94 (2017)
Annette Slonim (Zero Effort)

Double Unders: 120 (2013)
Kevin Sullivan (Hoppin’ Cretins)

Long Rope Trading Handles: 25
Muted Mutton (2017); Hopping Goths (2015)

Me First You First: 142 (2017)
Claire Francois & Joe Katz (Muted Mutton)

Spoons: 147 (2012)
Sophia Kelley & Michelle Roberts (Gang of Genghis Khan)

Swing & Jump: 66 (2017)
Heather Wagner (Bowowhaus)

Twins: 141 (2011)
Shana Brady & Lyana Fernandez (Apocalyptics)

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