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Competitors work their way through an obstacle at the Battle Born Mudders Carson Valley Mud Run on Saturday.
Shannon Litz | The Record-Courier

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Competitors in the inaugural Carson Valley Fall Mud Run faced virtually every type of weather imaginable on Saturday afternoon at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

Conditions ranged from sunshine, to clouds, wind, rain and even some snow flurries. All in all, it made for some extreme conditions for what was a highly challenging 5-mile race to begin with.

“It was pretty gnarly,” race organizer Hardy Lewis said. “I was amazed at just the toughness of the people who ran in the event. Those were very harsh conditions, but the people who did show up did revel in it.”



Only a few hardy participants braved those conditions — “The turnout was 25 percent of what we were expecting,” Lewis acknowledged — that was made even tougher by the hilly terrain at the fairgrounds. Participants faced two trips around a 2.5-mile course that presented challenges with such obstacles as walls and logs to climb over, and, of course, water and mud to run and even crawl through.

“Two of the guys have done Tough Mudder events and they thought this course was every bit as tough as anything they had ever run,” Lewis said.



Times and place finishers were not recorded, however, Lewis noted that some special “fun” awards were presented to participants afterward. Among those were the “When Pigs Fly,” to the fastest of the runners; the “Bare Necessity” award based on running attire, and the “Mud Thief” award for the one who came in caked in the most mud. And, yes, there was the “Energizer Mud Bunny” award.

“One guy actually ran an extra lap,” Lewis said. “He did his five miles, and once he finished, he kept on going and ran another two-and-a-half miles.”

The event was the first sponsored by Battle Born Mudders, a Carson Valley-based, not-for-profit organization “created to be a help and blessing for our local military families,” according to the organization’s website.

Lewis said another event is planned for 2014, possibly some time in June or July.

“I’m just very grateful for the support of the community,” Lewis said. “We live in a great spot, and the people of this Valley make it that way.”