Race Preview: 2015 Detroit Lake Mud Run

Anyone that has driven past Detroit Lake over the summer has seen the low water levels in this beautiful area. While that has caused some issues boating and relaxing (and likely taken a bit of a toll on the local economy), the 2015 Detroit Lake Mud Run is just over a month away now and will help bring some much needed tourism (all proceeds go the community) and awesomely unique running to the area. 

After a few months off, Run Wild Adventures is BACK with their “off season” races, and I couldn’t be more excited. While the gist of the race remains the same (i.e. an epic 6 mile event that takes place on the Detroit Lake bottom complete with huge mud holes, rocks, stumps and several water crossings), ther will be a new amazing race course due to the low water levels. In fact, there will be more creek crossings than before. You will be a guaranteed filthy mess after this race!

I ran this a few years back and am super pumped to get to run it again this year. From my recap:

While there was no maintained trail to follow along the majority of the course, there were pink flags in the ground about every 100 feet to keep runners on course. However, the path to take to get to each flag was entirely up to the runner. While there was sometimes a (very slightly) easier route, I typically opted for the most muddy. I mean I knew I wasn’t going to be able to keep up a 6:30/mile pace (like some crazy people), so I might as well make the most of the experience, right!?

I honestly felt as though I was traversing through a post-apocalyptic wasteland at times with brown/grey mud, dead trees, and foggy skies filling up the landscape. I honestly wouldn’t have been surprised if a zombie jumped out and came after me. The course did not allow for much breath-catching, as the location of the pink flags kept us on our toes (and sometimes backsides). We were directed to run sideways along 45 degree hills, scramble over rocks and boulders, and even gain elevation in Mackey Creek, which empties into the lake.

There is lodging information on the website if you want to hang out overnight before the race. Be sure to stick around afterwards fro RWA’s famed afterparties, which include local home made food, refreshments, and local beer, as well as music, awards and raffle prizes.

When: 9a
Where: Detroit Lake
Register: Online here; $25 ($40DOR)

If you are interested in RWA’s other events (and you should be), please pay mind to the following:

Silver Falls Trail Runs (Sat/Sun November 7-8) –  Race is full and sold out, but volunteer opportunities are still available that guarantee free early entry to next year!

Shellburg Falls Trail Run (Saturday December 5th) –  Online registration is now open! 5.2 Miles of amazing scenery and trails 20 miles east of Salem! Limited to only 250 runners.


About Matt Rasmussen (1619 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.
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