Into The Mud Challenge good, dirty fun for racers

Posted May 03, 2013, at 5:29 a.m.

GORHAM, Maine — Lots of people enter road races — and most even have a good time running on pavement — but if you really want to have fun racing, consider entering a mud race.

More than 1,000 people did just that on Sunday, competing in the third annual Into The Mud Challenge, a 2.5-mile obstacle course race through the woods. A few set out to win but most came to remember what it was like being a kid again.

Obstacles to overcome — or play in — included man-made mud pits to crawl through, thigh-deep muddy water to trudge through and hay bales and walls to climb over.

The event was put on entirely by University of Southern Maine undergraduate students in the sports management program. Students in the class spent the entire spring semester getting sponsors, organizing the event and building the race course.

Judging by the amount of fun everyone had, it’s safe to say those students will be getting an A in the class.