This past Saturday my two older kids ran in the Holiday Valley Mudslide Run. They chose the short course; consisting of 8 obstacles over 3.5 miles and ending with a giant mudslide.
My husband and I ran the race last year, the first year it existed. It ended up being so popular that the prices shot up this year. The kids all ran the kids’ race last year and loved it. Both the older two had expressed a desire to run the full course this year. We decided to let them do this race and we would sit out due to the expense.
They were both so excited! The atmosphere was incredible. There were hundreds of people this year, many, many more than last year. To get to the start of the race you have to ride up the ski lift to Spruce Lake. Waves of 100 people started every 15 minutes. Our kids were in the first wave of the short course at 11 am. (The long course is 5.4 miles and has additional obstacles).
After the start it’s a half mile run around the lake to the first obstacle. I wasn’t sure if the kids would be walking as they came into view, but nope, they were trucking right along!
The very first obstacle (and the only one I could get to for photos) consists of inner tubes on the lake that you have to cross. Big sister Rachel helped Dylan keep his balance and they both walked across all the inner tubes!
I missed them coming down the giant mudslide but was able to capture them muddy and wet with their finisher medals after the race. They finished in 59:52 and 59:53. I had anticipated that it would take them a bit longer to finish the race and was riding the mountain coaster with our youngest as they came down the slide.
While the older kids ran down the hill tackling 8 obstacles, Grace and I rode the ski lift back down the hill. Look at that gorgeous view!
Grace was rocking her heart shades while she waited for her siblings to finish the race. She chose to run the kids’ race this year, last year she opted out because she didn’t want to “get dirty”.
Apparently this year, getting dirty was not an issue! She had so much fun running the kids’ race and was pleased with herself for getting a medal.