Now to another iconic movie and a memorable scene that came to life on a recent afternoon in a Washington D.C. alleyway.

NPR's Travis Larchuk, another T, brings us this postcard.

TRAVIS LARCHUK, BYLINE: Step one: Inflate a 10-foot high plastic ball.


LARCHUK: Step two: Cover it with a bunch of brown bed sheets. Now you've got yourself a giant makeshift boulder.

Step three: Start the boom box.


LARCHUK: This is The Alley of Doom. For one day, anyone who showed up to this alley in Washington D.C. could take a free turn at playing Indiana Jones. Grab a fedora, a whip, and run for their lives from a huge boulder rolling right at them.


LARCHUK: All right.

But first, sign the release form.

LAURENELLEN MCCANN: We're getting release waivers, because nobody is getting sued from this.

LARCHUK: That's Laurenellen McCann. She created The Alley of Doom. She did it with a grant from the Awesome Foundation, which is a group that funds quirky projects like this.

Five runners showed up in wrestling masks. One family hopped into a Prius to drive away from the boulder.

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD #2: Our car is going to run from...

LARCHUK: Joel Finkelstein brought his kids, but he was clearly the most excited.

JOEL FINKELSTEIN: I loved "Raiders of the Lost Ark" my whole life. Every time I went to a playground as a kid, I would always be running from an imaginary boulder, absolutely. It's pretty cool to have a real one.

LARCHUK: Creator Laurenellen McCann isn't as much as a Jones super fan. She says The Alley of Doom is really just an excuse to get people to come out and play.

MCCANN: You know, there's a couple of grandmas out here, just hanging out here, smiling. Their kids aren't even running but people can tap into that feeling.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Well it wasn't the bulls, but we did all right.

LARCHUK: McCann plans to publish step-by-step instructions so every city can create its own Alley of Doom.

Travis Larchuk, NPR News.


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