We headed out in the 10:20 group twisting and turning our way around Lee Farms. Part of the lead group started to head left when we were supposed to head right, but enough yelling ensued to bring the crew back on course. The mud seemed to be thicker in many places than last year. I’m not sure if that was due to recent rain, the race organizers, or a little of both. We made our way along, slipping and sliding and soon were making our way through shin-deep cold water. That was a shock to the feet/ankles!
As we continued, we encountered a variety of obstacles from walls to climb over, tires to run through, hay bale stacks to climb, a teeter totter to run up and over, and so much mud! Arriving at the infamous “swamp,” I saw one girl stuck thigh-deep in mud on one side and multiple people struggling with various methods of traversing the mud on the other. I decided to take a different route and hope for the best. As I made my way past the stuck girl, I offered her a hand, but she was clearly to caught up in her current situation to accept help from strangers, so I slogged on. I managed a route that didn’t get more than shin-deep and kept both my shoes on my feet. Others weren’t so lucky. Several people ended up with just one shoe after that obstacle.
There were mud hills to get up, water crossings, slant boards, a treacherous slip and slide, and muddy tunnels before we made our way to the finish line a little wetter and muddier than when we began. But with smiles and laughter.
Once again, the race was fun and great for all ability levels. None of the obstacles were too terribly intimidating, unless you don’t like to get dirty. The volunteers at the various obstacles were supportive and encouraging. Overall, it was a positive, enjoyable event. The one negative for me was the timing chip around my ankle. My ankle was scraped up and a little bruised and swollen where the strap had been. Throughout the race, I had repeatedly kicked the plastic strap that stuck out with my other foot, causing my discomfort. I would love to see the race organizers move the timing chip to the race bib for future events.
Afterwards there were booths to check out, a free beer for those 21 and over, and several fire pits to warm up next to. You could purchase a shower, but my friends and I – being OCR “veterans” – chose our usual cleaning method of each bringing a gallon of water to rinse off with. I changed using my Undress (a full report on this coming soon,) and was soon in dry clean clothes. And, as usual, my friends and I followed up this fun event with a post-race lunch to recap our adventure.