Runners in Nacogdoches got down and dirty
Saturday morning in the first Red Dirt Mud Run.
"A little mud never hurt nobody,"
Meghan Stine, runner.
More than 600 athletes took part in the 5k
race filled with muddy low crawls, climbing walls, tunnels and an ice bath.
Runner Kenneth Koon says he and his running
partner stuck together to get through the obstacles and finish the course.
"We had to go under the cut logs and get our
heads under the water, our heads were even with the surface of the water and
when you're out of breath getting your whole body submerged you're going to
want to take a breath," said Koon.
Juan Hernandez was the first runner to finish
the race, the course took him about 35 minutes and he says he plans on adding
the mud run to the list of races he participates in throughout the year.
"We do marathons, half marathons stuff
like that and we work out pretty regularly," said Hernandez.
For runner Meghan Stine this race was just a
warm-up for the Tough Mudder in Austin next weekend.
After six months of training she's
proud to have conquered her first encounter with the mud.
"It was a lot of fun the hardest part
was definitely the rope climb, it's hard you got to have a lot of agility to
get over that but I did it," said Stine.
The muddy run was all for a good cause
helping the Nacogdoches Jaycees raise funds to be distributed to various
Many of the runners say they would run the
course again and encourage others to do the same.
"Just try it you got to try something
you got to get dirty, it's good for you," said Stine.