Cache Valley competitors prepare to get dirty
Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 23:09
Running isn't an activity everyone enjoys, but playing in the mud has been a fun childhood occurrence for many people.
Man vs. Mud is a 5k obstacle course that allows people to get dirty while at the same time supporting the American West Heritage Center — a local child and family support outlet — along with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The race will be held Aug. 31, and registration is open online.
Rebecca Getz, administrative assistant at American West Heritage Center, has been involved in the Man vs. Mud obstacle course for three years.
“This year, it has evolved into more of a partnership,” Getz said. “We help a lot with the labor and setting up of the obstacles, whereas the first year we hardly did anything to gain the generous profit they earned. I have been a tester of the obstacles to make sure they are safe and fun for the contestants, and that is quite the experience.”
Matt Sweet, a junior majoring in physical therapy, participated in the mud run in 2011.
“It probably took my team forty five minutes to an hour to run it,” he said. “I was covered completely top-to-bottom in mud. On a scale of one to 10 — one being clean — I was most definitely a 10.”
With lots of mud, trenches, tunnels and contestants, keeping a steady pace for the entire run is not common. The trenches are waist high, making it nearly impossible to run through. When an entire team makes it to the mud pit, they will be able to have a picture taken of them to capture the muddiest moment of it all.
“The obstacles themselves weren't very hard, but the slippery mud made it difficult to run through the whole course,” Sweet said. “I remember a specific trench full of mud took my team at least five to 10 minutes to plow through.”
There are more than 30 different obstacles during Man vs. Mud, and people of all ages attend the non-competitive relay event to have a good time. Spectators can enter for free and food will be provided.