An edgy activity that’s become popular in larger cities is headed for the Richmond market.
G-Force Karts, a local indoor go-cart racing track in eastern Henrico, will open three axe-throwing lanes in its facility next week.
It will be the first local venue to tap into the trend of axe-throwing, which has fueled the rise of chains such as Bad Axe-throwing and Urban Axes opening outposts around the country.
For G-Force owner Jason Yarema, the lanes, which will open Tuesday, add to his facilities offerings that also include a laser tag arena and arcade.
“It takes about 15 or 30 minutes to figure out how to throw it, but once you get the hang of it, it’s a lot of fun,” Yarema said.
Akin to darts, axe-throwing participants stand about 12 feet away from a wooden board and throw axes of various sizes at a bull’s-eye.
Yarema said G-Force will add an axe-throwing league and hold competitions through the National Axe-throwing Federation, the sport’s governing body. Also, Yarema said they may add more lanes.
“We’re starting with small axes in one area. Then, if we like it, we’ll add 30-to-35-foot lanes for bigger axes,” he said.
The throwing lanes will replace a virtual reality gaming area within G-Force.
Yarema, who opened the facility in 2002, said using axe-throwing lanes will cost about $20 per hour per person and will only be for those 21 and up.
“The first thing I did was call our insurance company. But it’s literally becoming so popular that our insurance company already had an application for it, and they’d only allow for 21 and up,” Yarema said.
Nationally, many axe-throwing chains also serve beer. Yarema said G-Force serves beer, mostly from cans from local breweries.