So as Ally was running her first 5k ever, I was recovering from a 5k of my own, albeit a very different one than hers. This past Saturday, me and three of my city dwelling friends hopped in my car, drove north to Harriman State Park and took part in the New York Runamuck Mud Run which is a beautiful 5k trail run through the park and along Sebago Lake. The catch, however, is that not only do you have to traverse some pretty difficult terrain but there are obstacles, a 100 yard water crossing and a 90 foot mud pit at the finish line.
THIS RACE WAS FREAKING AWESOME! I didn’t think it was possible to have that much fun while running. There are six total races on the day.
There is an individual race, a two person team race and a four person team race. After the first three are done, the process starts over again for the costume division which in itself is worth going to watch. We ran in the four person team race and our team name was appropriately the “Dirty Mud Pirates.” I assure you that I had nothing to do with our name or, for that matter, our slogan, “We do it in the Mud.”
We started slow, allowing much of our pack to clear out so we could try to pass easier. This plan sort of back fired early when the trail became only wide enough for a single file line. On top of that, there were also points that were so steep and rocky that everyone had to walk. It soon became evident that this was not about winning at all but having the best time we possibly could. THAT became evident when, at about 1/2 mile in, at the first mud pit, one of my teammates tackled another one.
Needless to say, the tone had been set for the afternoon. I’m not saying we dogged it. On the contrary, we went as fast as we could, but we also may have hurt our time with some tomfoolery. I’d say we lost a good three minutes by making sure that our entire team had been submerged in the lake.
We emerged from the lake refreshed and ready to finish strong. We cleared the beach obstacles like kangaroos, leaping as if our lives depended on it.
All that was left was to hit the giant mud pit, get under a final net and cross the finish line. We took that mud pit and made it our bitch with several belly flops and one perfectly executed front flip by yours truly. We gathered our team and crossed the line in unison at about the 38 minute mark which definitely put us in the top third despite the shenanigans.
So if you ever wanted to exercise, then exfoliate and drink beer while watching people in costumes do the same thing, then Runamuck is definitely for you. Also, they have live music (I got kicked off the stage after I tried to help the band perform that Kings of Leon song). Seriously, this was an incredible day and I highly recommend it.