The course cleared hurdles, scaled up a net wall, hurdled across a tire romp, hoisted up a climbing wall, and hastened through a bunch of hanging buoys and other obstacles, making eight in all.
The runners were released in several waves, and many ran with their friends.
Some participants were slower than others.
Some needed help across or through certain obstacles, which was allowed, but all were successful in the end.
“It was awesome,” said Marian Royall as the mud caked on her arms and legs dried, “People need to play like kids more often.”
The monkey bars were the hardest for her, despite originally thinking they would be the easiest. She fell starting out, but got back up and, with the help of some friends, made it across.
Royall was among a group of women who trained together for the event. They’d only found out about the race a couple weeks prior and added extra workout nights to get ready for it. But they didn’t practice going through obstacles, which was what made it difficult.
One of the obstacles was a set of two tunnels made of heavy web. For Vicki Ashford, who ran with Royall, that was the toughest.
“To get through there, it was so heavy. It was just yanking on my hair,” Ashford said.
Despite the difficulties, they said they’d do it again, but they’d start training sooner.
“We have a whole year to train,” Ashford joked.
The last obstacle was a mud pit. It wasn’t deep, coming to several inches below the knees, but runners were warned on the Bear Crawl’s Facebook page to tape their shoes to their feet so they didn’t get sucked off.
The mud pit was designed to get participants as muddy as possible. Two nets were hung across the pit, hanging into the mud. Runners had to go beneath them.
A few participants held the net up high enough so they didn’t get too dirty, but many dove straight in, getting a face-full of mud.
“It feels so good,” yelled one runner as he rolled over in the mud to fully coat himself.
For some participants, the race wasn’t too difficult.
“I thought it was great, but it was a little bit easier than I thought it might be but still very, very fun,” said Chris Mix, a member of the Coast Guard.
The winner of the 10 a.m. heat, Joshua Harris, won with a time of 11 minutes and 20 seconds.
“I was right where I thought I’d be,” Harris said about his time. “It was a lot of fun.”
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