When all of the snow melts down the mountain at the end of the season, we are left with something amazing, something almost as treasured as fresh powder: mud! Last weekend about 900 clean people lined up at the Mammoth Lakes Village to experience a 6K race that would forever leave mud engrained in their skin for the second annual Mammoth Mud Run 2012.
The race started at the Village then went up and around to the finish at Canyon Lodge. Sounds easy enough, right? Not if you take into account the slippery steep inclines racers had to scramble up, ponds of waist-deep mud water to wade through, and the barrage of obstacles to climb over, including features from Mammoth’s Unbound terrain park. Competitors, decked out in their crazy costumes, climbed over piles of logs, rails and even the airbags normally used in the terrain park for practice on the jumps. Versatility was key in the setup of this course. Racers claimed that this year’s course was more difficult than last year’s, but was full of laughs and good times.
Celebrity guests joined in on the fun in the mud as well, including Olympian skier Stacey Cook, pro snowboarder and Mammoth team rider Kimmy Fasani, Olympian distance runner Deena Kastor, The Woolly Mammoth, and fitness guru Tony Horton along with his P90X disciples.
Minus the few ambulances needed, the Mud Run called for an awesome day complete with a warm-up session by Tony and his team, tons of prizes, and a mini mud run for the kids. Instead of sitting around, twiddling their thumbs, waiting for the snow to come back and cover their slopes, runners in Mammoth Lakes, California, show how to get down and dirty and appreciate their beautifully muddy mountain in the summer.