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Fun in the Mud: Competitive Mud Runs

Mud-filled outings number among the latest events drawing adventure-seekers. You can find a mud run to meet your personal interests: Those held to benefit everything from cancer research to animal welfare, those events that require focus and preparation, and, admittedly, those events where we call those individuals who participate just plain crazy.

 

Be Prepared on Race Day
 
  • Don’t wear anything loose; it may get snagged on an obstacle
  • 100 percent cotton will become heavy when wet
  • Spandex or compression shorts are recommended
  • Take along dry clothes and shoes and a bag for muddy items

A mud run is a multi-mile event that mixes running with military-style obstacles such as walls, water crossings, ladder climbs, tunnels, and – of course – mud pits to challenge competitors.

 

Walls vary from a half wall that runners must climb to full walls that require runners to pull themselves up by a rope or to scale them using hand and feet holds.

 

Water crossings range from being shallow enough to walk across to being waist deep, which soaks the runners completely.

 


 

Most mud pits are deep enough that runners can completely submerge during their crawl through them, and instructors on the course direct participants to get down and stay down as they crawl. Some pits even have ropes under which runners must crawl while negotiating the pits.

 

The races range from five to eight kilometers. An event’s level of difficulty varies by race type, and many of them have separate events for kids.

 

Each racer competes for an individual goal. Many set off with groups of friends with hopes of finishing the race. For some, the five-kilometer race is more than enough. Other adrenaline junkies need 10 kilometers to feel like they’ve accomplished something.

 

 

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