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Steamboat Mad Mud Run a good time for participants

Luke Graham

Kathy Elliott crawls through the mud pit during the 2012 Steamboat Mad Mud Run at Steamboat Ski Area.

— Andy Cheesebro, painted in mud, stood near the finish line of the inaugural Steamboat Mad Mud Run knowing he had just won top honors with the Cheesebro clan. 

As he wiped mud from his face, arms, legs and other areas not fit for print, Andy waited for his brothers.

"I did it with my two brothers," Andy said, waiting for Tim and Will to finish. "We thought it would be fun do to. You know, a little brotherly rivalry. I think this is for the No. 1 ranking, the parents' ranking. That's what it was for."

No word from Mr. or Mrs. Cheesebro to see if in fact Andy had won supremacy within his brothers, but as Andy said, the inaugural Steamboat Mad Mud Run was an inordinate amount of fun. 

Runners, athletes, costumes, business suits, people dressed like Rambo and of course a gregarious amount of mud highlighted the first-year event at Steamboat Ski Area. 

The task for runners was to begin at the base area, run up and around the Mavericks Terrain Park to Bashor Bowl before returning to the base. 

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Of course, there were 10 obstacles during the 5-kilometer event, including a tire run, cardboard climb, wall climb, rail balance beams, mud pit, bungee jumble, crawl, log jam and a keg hurdle.

Heats of runners began at 11 a.m. and continued throughout the day. 

And as Steamboat Springs entered into the rapidly growing adventure mud race genre, the event seems fit to stay. 

"I just wanted to get muddy," Steamboat resident Jamie Kennedy said. "The mud pit was the best part. The wall — I couldn't do it, it was impossible. But, oh I had a blast. I would do it again."

The initial climb up to the first tire run obstacle and the climb over the wall seemed to be the toughest part for competitors. 

Participants were required to climb the big wall used in the winter for the terrain park. Eventually, it got muddy and slippery. And the rope that was being used had begged for gloves. 

"I like that wall better in the winter," said Nicole Martin, dressed as a bath salt eating zombie. 

Regardless, it was hard to find someone with a big complaint on Saturday. As runners entered into the finish, volunteers helped them hose the mud off. 

Often, when the mud washed away, big grins followed. 

"No, I've never done anything like this," Andy Cheesebro said. "But I'd definitely do it again." 

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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