Mud Runs planned near Ottawa County FairgroundsWritten by Chase Will | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Adrenaline Rush Sports wants to get you off the couch and out to a mud run.
According to Troy Anthony, who co-founded the company with his wife, Sandy Anthony, the three-mile course and its 23 obstacles were created after growing weary of similar events.
“We built the course to be one we’d like to run,” Troy said. “We wanted to see more obstacles, since most of the courses didn’t have many.”
“We wanted to get people out of their comfort zones,” Sandy added. “Troy and I have done several mud runs, and we decided it was time to make one of our own. It’s closer to home, and it’s got more challenges than most of the courses we’ve seen.”
The company’s inaugural event in June drew athletes from as far as Utah, and half the proceeds benefited 10 local charities.
Troy stated one of his favorite obstacles is the 12-foot rope climbing wall, which leads to a horizontal 16-foot net spanning an open body of mud.
“We also have a 12-foot vertical net climb and a 16-foot cargo net climb,” Troy said. “Getting through the water back in the woods is an obstacle on its own. It’s quite murky, quite muddy, and you take home a lot of black swamp mud.”
Although a basic level of fitness is preferable, the course was designed as a plausible challenge for absolutely anyone.
“Some of the changes we’re making for the next obstacle run cater toward the athletic,” Troy said. “We’ll have the same kind of obstacles, but on the right side there’ll be a very aggressive one and on the other side we’ll have a secondary choice for others.”
The next event, the Black Swamp Dash, is Aug 2-3. Participation costs only $39, which Troy said is nearly half of what similar events charge.
He said the obstacles course will be slightly different with each event so returning athletes won’t know what to expect.
“We’re going to add some water features to some of the obstacles, that way as you’re going over them you’re also getting wet,” he said.
“The more active participants will pay attention to their times, but everyone can go at their own pace,” Sandy said.
The Night of the Dead run is scheduled for Oct 10-11 during the Oak Harbor Apple Festival. This race begins at 7 p.m. both nights, and participants are invited to dress up.
“Generally, people put glow sticks on, and we encourage creativity,” Troy said. “Everyone’s doing the zombie runs now, and there haven’t been a lot of events like ours, so that’s our big feature.”
Troy added the Ottawa County Fairgrounds has 200 campsites available, so families can plan to make a weekend of the event.
“The Lions Club will be on the course cooking all day, and the Ottawa County Fairgrounds will provide beer,” he said.
The Anthony family began constructing the course last November, when Troy cleared a 1.5-mile trail in woods that hadn’t been touched in 30 years. After working through the winter, he and Sandy designed and built the obstacles themselves.
“It was the winter that never ended,” Troy said.
Adrenaline Rush Sports has also started a volunteer program which offers a tiered payment. This is meant to provide local youth with extra money.
Troy stated the course is maintained once a week minimum and thoroughly tested for safety hazards. All events will also have an emergency medical organization on site.
For more information on Adrenaline Rush Sports and upcoming mud runs, visit www.adrenalinerushsports.net.