If someone told me I’d have to wake up at 5:00am on a Saturday to run 6 miles, get sprayed in the face with fire hoses, run through trenches of mud, hop 5-foot walls, and belly crawl through more mud, I’d say “YIHOO!!! That’s my kind of Saturday morning!” I was so excited for the Camp Pendleton 10K Mud Run this weekend, and it was everything I hoped it would be. I bet the Marines run twice as long and battle obstacles 3 times as tough. Even so, we all felt a sense of accomplishment as we crossed that finish line, arm in arm!
About 4,000 people dove head first into the mud for this annual fundraiser, which sold out in June and sells out every year. Most of the participants are 5-person teams, many with hilarious matching uniforms. I was lucky to sub-in for my sister’s Smith Barney team, The Tarstars!!! Tiffany, Sarah, Connie, and Erica, you guys are rough and tough to the bone! Thanks for making the race so much fun, I can’t wait till next year. We are definitely returning to the mud in full force, and in full team uniforms!
Team Tarstar: Connie, Erica, Tiffany, me, and Sarah
This is the muddy lake we had to cross, definitely one of the cleanest parts of the whole race:
Tiffany does not look pleased to be wading through this stuff:
I, on the other hand, am very pleased to be wading through this stuff. This is just after the first round of mud pits and wall:
Here’s Sarah after we entered the first mud pit (Erica on right, Connie on the left):
Do not mess with Erica! Notice all the guys trying to figure out how to get over this wall, all while Erica is easily hopping over:
One of the first encounters we had with mud. It wasn’t so bad, more of a swampy marsh than a mud pit:
And one last shot, featuring the star of the day…muddy water!