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The inaugural WashMO Mud Run was a “great community event,” according to Brandy Koch, YMCA membership service director and one of the event organizers.

The five-mile run was held Saturday, Aug. 22, around Lions Lake and the Washington Fairgrounds. The Four Rivers Area YMCA and Washington Area Chamber of Commerce sports committee hosted the event.

The event featured 15 challenging obstacles along the race route including a slippery slide into a pit of mud, mud pits, a dumpster of ice to make their way through, walls to scale, hay bales to climb, tire throwing, log carrying and other activities both team and individually oriented.

“Everybody seemed to have a really great time,” said Koch, adding that heavy rain fell on and off for about an hour during the race.

“The rain helped us with the course, but despite it — for the spectators — it was still a really great turnout,” she said.

In all, about 280 people took part in the adult run and about 30 children took part in the children’s mud run.

Even with the rain and obstacles, there was only one minor injury, Koch noted.

“Everybody had a lot of fun on the course,” she said. “They said it was a great time and a lot of participants said they couldn’t wait to do it again next year.”

The event was not timed. Instead, it was about finishing together, working as a group and having fun, Koch said. 

Thanks Volunteers

The Four Rivers Career Center construction class helped build and set up several obstacles. Graphic design students created the logo.

“They were a great help throughout the event,” Koch said.

Koch thanked sponsors, volunteers and the community for helping with the event. In all, about 100 people helped make the run a reality.

The WashMO Mud Run was sponsored by the Bank of Washington, Brown’s Shoe Center, the Fair Games and the YMCA.

Proceeds from the event will benefit youth development programs in the community. 

Photos and video from the event can be found online at emissourian.com. Participants also have the option to order reprints of their favorite photos online.