This past weekend was a muddy one for our family. Well, half of us, anyway. Both Owen and I partook in local mud runs in the area, and we both had an absolute blast.
I first posted about the Merrell Down & Dirty Obstacle Race a couple of months ago. The event included challenges for both adults and kids, and had I not already registered to do a different mud run months before, I would have signed up for Merrell’s in a second.
But Owen had been interested in racing through mud ever since I did it last summer and was super excited for the opportunity to get dirty, too. So, he and a couple of buddies entered the Adventure Kids race this past Sunday, a one-mile challenge for ages 7-13 that had kids runing through the woods, conquering a few obstacles, and slogging through a mud pit for the glory and fun of it.
I posted these photos from the Merrell Down & Dirty on the KFDC Facebook page a few days ago and have had several inquiries about the race and other mud runs for kids in the area since. And good news: I just found out about another coming up in September!
Ruckus Sports, the premiere family obstacle race, has announced its first event in the Washington, DC-Metro area. Ruckus DC will bring what they call the ultimate family adventure to the Prince William County Fairgrounds in Manassas, VA, on Saturday, September 28. There is a 5k adult challenge ($60) for participants ages 14 and up. There’s also the Mini Ruckus ($20 for unlimited waves), a course designed for ages 2 to 10 (though 11-13-year-olds are welcome, too). And they are currently offering $7 off registration when you use the code “IGNITE” at check out.
Who knows if these mud runs are a temporary craze or poised to become a permanent fixture on the racing circuit? I, for one, hope they remain — not only do I think they’re a great time, but I love that kids can get in on the dirty fun, too.
More information about the upcoming Ruckus DC race is available on the website.