Unbridled joy for those who love mud

Participants in last year’s inaugural Unbridled Mud Trials didn’t mind dressing up for the race. - Times/file
Participants in last year’s inaugural Unbridled Mud Trials didn’t mind dressing up for the race.
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The Unbridled Mud Trials return again this September, and more than ever organizer Andrea Meister want to see you get your hands dirty.

Meister, a volunteer at Island 22 Horse Park said the idea for the five-kilometre, 22 obstacle course race through mud came to her when she was watching people at the facility try to clear a horse jump —without a horse.

After talking it over with a fellow volunteer who had organized triathlons and participated in Tough Mudder, Unbridled was born.

Last year, the event raised about $5,000 with all the money going directly back into the maintenance and upgrading of the park and its facilities.

“We sold out our tickets,” Meister said. “We had pouring rain on the day of, and almost everyone showed up.”

There are few outdoor events that thrive in a downpour, but any competition with “mud” in its name can only benefit from more water.

“There were so many people last year who had never run any kind of race in their entire life,” Meister said. “And I can say with all honesty I’ve never seen so many adults giggling and laughing—in the pouring rain, covered in mud.”

New this year, according to the organizer, is a shorter 1.5 kilometre course for kids that imitates eight of the obstacles from the adult track. Forced to watch all of their parents have fun at last year’s event, children six to 11 will now be eligible to participate. It’s a prospect that has Meister’s own daughter excited for September.

And new for adults this fall by popular demand, the society will be adding two challenge waves.

“These are for the go-hard people who really want to go for time and speed,” Meister said.

Tickets for the super competitive will be priced higher, she adds, but those entrants will get a second run after their initial race so they can relive the course for fun.

Meister promises even more surprises for 2014, mentioning ropes and ladders but not revealing the complete plan.

Waiting for each runner at the end of the race will be a prize medal and a line-up of firemen ready to hose them off.

Spectating is free but there’s a $5 parking fee.

“Fit as many people as you want in that car, and come and watch,” Meister said.

“Or join—that would be even better.”

Tickets for the Unbridled Mud Trials are on sale now at until Aug. 31. The racing day starts on Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. Prices range from $15 for kids to $75 for competitive waves. Entry fees include a T-shirt, a timing chip, a medal and entry in prize draws.



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