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Warrior Mud Run: Race won’t be a run for the roses

By Jason Lesley
Coastal Observer

The good news about Saturday’s Warrior Mud Run at Waccamaw High School is that it can’t be rained out.

Only a lightning storm could keep mud runners from their appointed rounds through mud pits and over hay bales in the first Waccamaw High School Athletic Booster Club mud run set to begin at 9 a.m.

Organizer Robbie Jones is hoping for about a hundred runners Saturday. Late entries will be accepted beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Jones said he was thinking about a mud run to benefit the Booster Club when me met runner Sandy Daley wearing a walking boot. She had hurt her foot during a mud run. “I had been thinking about a mud run for two years,” Jones said, “but couldn’t decide where to start.”

Sandy and Bill Daley participate in mud runs as a hobby and, along with runners Joe and Wendy Kobylarz, have provided advice about setting up the Waccamaw course. Bill Daley said the Waccamaw High event should be a good one for first-time competitors. “It will be great for beginners, not a lot of climbing over walls,” he said. “There should be a lot of mud to get people dirty and have a lot of fun.”

Jonathan Angner, another seasoned mud runner, was helping set up a three-level chin-up bar Wednesday in Warrior Stadium that will remain for the school’s athletes after the race along with over-and-under walls on the back side of the race course.

Curtis Godbolt volunteered to dig seven pits for the mud, and workers from R.H. Moore were to fill them with water today. Thirty-pound sand bags are ready for runners to pick up and carry up, across and down the football stadium’s steps as one of the challenges. A row of tires will present another.

“At every turn is something unique,” Angner said.

He’s seen runners lose shoes in mud pits and even pants on a rope ladder during competition. “Don’t wear your good shoes,” he advises.

Experienced runners say never jump feet first into a mud pit because shoes will be sucked off your feet. Angner said he’s seen team members crawling in the mud helping find a lost shoe. One solution to the feet-first rule won’t be available at Waccamaw’s mud pits Saturday. No diving allowed, Jones said.

Waccamaw boosters are learning from this first race. “Once the word gets out,” Angner said, “I can see other schools copying us. It’s such a unique idea from a high school standpoint.”

Jones hopes to make a little money for the school’s athletic teams and start the mud run as an annual event. It takes a lot of volunteers, he said, and members of the school’s cross country and track teams are helping at the obstacles rather than participating. They get to run the course for free after the official race has ended.

All runners who pay the early entry fee — $50 for individuals and $180 for a team of four — will get a T-shirt and all who finish get a medal.

“The Booster Club,” Jones said, “is the perfect sponsor for this kind of athletic event.”

If you go

Runners can register for the race online. Early entry fee is $50 for individuals and $180 for teams of four. Late entry on Saturday mornings will be $60 for individuals and $220 for teams.

Start times

9 a.m., Individual;

9:30 a.m., Male teams;

10 a.m., Co-ed teams;

10:30 a.m., Female teams;

11 a.m., kids race.

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