I think it’s been about three years since I had done my last Camp Pendleton Mud Run. I must have been caught in a weak moment, I swore I would never do this one on a team. I’m so slow! And the team is required to cross the finish line together. The French Girls, Sophie & Mary, both here on internships, wanted to do it, and I caved.
I honestly didn’t pay much attention to any of the emails coming through about the event; I had done this one many times in the past and expected it to be the same old Mud Run. Much to my surprise, many great improvements have been made.
As we walked up, you could already start to see some of the signage improvements, and hear the live band playing on the main stage…. pretty good band too. I always thought the Mud Run was well organized, but they stepped it up there too. More event staff on site to point you in the right direction, more Marines on site to assist, and to snap photo opps with runners.
I didn’t take any pictures, but an amusement park was actually left of the main stage. Yes, rides to keep the kids entertained while their mom, wearing her new tiara and bright pink tutu rolled in mud with a few of her closest friends.
Several new events have been added, there is now a 5k, and kids run in addition to the usual 10k course. Oh, and don’t let me forget about the added obstacles and changes. Right about mile 4.5 or 5, there has been a chest deep “lake” water reservoir that you cross. This time, I rounded the corner and had an “Oh F*%K” moment; the reservoir was dry, and in its place was a mud pit about a one and a half football fields in length with a camo tarp thingy over it, which forced you to stay down and crawl the entire distance. Luckily I’m short, I was able to walk bent over about a quarter of the way until my back felt like it was going to snap in half. I was then forced to crawl the remainder. Yep, that left a mark!
And my FAVORITE part of all these new updates….the showers! They even added changing tents, which is actually a bit of a shame because our friend Kimmy at the edge of the lake towel changing, but not really with a towel, with an unexpected fisherman in his boat waving and watching, is one of our funniest Mud Run stories.
Since Jerry wasn’t able to run on our team this year, Jerry and I will most likely sign up and run this one again next year….but I’m sticking to my “No Team” policy next time around. If you haven’t done this one in a few years, it’s definitely worth giving it another go.