Never mind the Carson Valley weather forecast for Saturday that calls for temperatures in the mid-60s as well as wind and a slight chance of rain. The Carson Valley Fall Mud Run is set to go under any conditions at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, according to event organizer Hardy Lewis.
“The weather could make it a little tougher,” said Lewis, who is putting on the inaugual event as part of the newly formed Battle Born Mudders. “But you know, the mentality of staying in shape goes hand-in-hand with always looking for the next challenge. There’s always someone looking for a little tougher challenge, and I’m trying to provide that.”
Lewis estimates 100 to 150 participants are expected to take on this five-mile challenge, which is scheduled to get under way at 2 p.m. Entries have mostly been received from the Reno, Carson City and Carson Valley area.
The start will be staggered, with participants embarking in intervals on a course they will cover twice. The course, which includes seven obstacles over a span of 2.5 miles, will be an interesting test. According to the Battle Born Mudders Facebook page: “Five miles of the tough-est, filthy-est, fun-est, wall-climbing, rope swinging endurance running to be done in Northern Nevada. Come join us, have fun, test yourself, and support an extremely worth cause at the same time.”
Battle Born Mudders is a Carson Valley-based, not-for-profit organization that has been “created to be a help and blessing for our local military families,” according to the organization’s website. This inaugural competition is geared to help members of the National Guard and International Guard, Battle Born Mudders organizer Hardy Lewis explained.
“Our plan is to assist local military families,” Lewis said. “There are a lot of families here in the Valley that have loved ones who are currently in the military or have been in the past, and we want to do what we can to help,” he said.
This is the first of what Hardy hopes will be an ongoing series of Mudders competitions. He said the plan is to hold mud runs in the spring, summer and fall of 2014.
“We host challenging distance runs with multiple and imaginative obstacles to provide demanding, yet fun, fundraisers, for the purpose of providing monetary support for our local military who have given so much of themselves and their families in defense of our freedoms. We also recognize, what we do, would not be possible without the generous support from the wonderfully concerned people of the Carson Valley,” noted the Battle Born Mudders website.