You may have noticed that obstacle course races (OCRs) in the Portland area are becoming fewer and farther between. If you’re like me and itching for a taste of an OCR, I’d recommend getting registered for Mud, Sweat, and BBQ at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn. This 5K mud run is low key and perfect for the first timer or the veteran OCR racer.
This off-road event includes 12-20 obstacles using the terrain of the farm and creative uses for farm stuff like hay bales and irrigation pipes. I ran this last year and particularly enjoyed the speedy slip and slide into the pond and the over-under irrigation pipe obstacle. The giant hay bales turned out to be my nemesis, so I’ve got this one on my radar for a rematch!
This event has no penalties or requirements for obstacle completion, so there’s no pressure if you’re a newbie and uncomfortable with an obstacle. If needed, you may bypass any obstacle. But, in my opinion, you really should at least try all of them! You don’t want to miss out on any of the fun. Mud, Sweat, and BBQ is untimed, so there’s no time pressure for completion either.
Afterwards, you can hose the mud off – ‘cuz you’re going to need to – and then enjoy some live music and food and drink from local vendors, including Bar-B-Que from the teams competing in the BBQ cook-off. There will also be a kids’ zone with a dunk tank, bounce house, and more.
Trust me, you’re gonna have fun with this one! So, if you haven’t already – get yourself signed up!
Mud, Sweat, and BBQ (Woodburn) $55
Date: Saturday, August 12
Times: Staggered Start from 9:30 A.M. on – sign up for your heat time at registration
Location: Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, 33814 S Meridian Road, Woodburn