Race Preview: 2017 Detroit Lake Mud Run

Detroit Lake Mud Run course

Have you ever run in a lake? The Detroit Lake Mud Run gives you a chance to do just that!  This 5.1 mile run happens in October, when Detroit Lake has been drained, leaving room for winter rains and snow melt. This allows runners to run in the lake bed – which is usually quite muddy.

This unique event benefits the Detroit Lake local community  and it promotes, encourages, and develops the economic health and tourism in the Detroit Lake area.

This course starts and finishes at City Hall in Detroit and includes mud, rocks, water crossings, hills, trails, and stumps. You’ll get a unique view of the lake and enjoy the surrounding scenery as you run through the lake bed. Be prepared to get muddy – so don’t wear your new running shoes/clothes for this event. We ran this back in 2015 and had this to say:

The success of the 2015 event was testament to the work and drive that Run Wild Adventures has in the local running world. Given the sheer size and lack of trails on large portions of the event, the course markings were incredible. I had ZERO issues with figuring out which way to go. They worked hard to create a memorable experience, and did so my changing up their course, making it a challenge, and utilizing what they had at their disposal.

With all the rain this year (besides the Summer), this is sure to be a muddy good time. After the race there will be an awards ceremony, food, and raffle prizes.

The Detroit Lake Mud Run is on my race bucket list, however, I won’t be able to run it this year. This is definitely an original event that I can’t wait to participate in – hopefully next year!

Detroit Lake Mud Run Details

Date: Saturday, October 14

Time: 9:00 A.m.

Location: Detroit Lake Recreation Area, Detroit

Entry Fee: $25
$40 – Day of Race

Race Website: Click Here

About Annette Vaughan (495 Articles)
Annette Vaughan is a runner and personal trainer in Canby, Oregon. She began running at the age of 30 and became hooked after her first race (even though she is a self-proclaimed slow runner.) She enjoys small local races from 5Ks to half-marathons, with a 30K on the books as her longest run ever. She has also become a huge fan of obstacle course races and just can't get enough of them. Annette is a certified personal trainer, who believes in promoting movement since our bodies were designed to move. The more we move, the better we move and function in everyday life.
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