The Press Newspaper
Adrenaline Rush Sports, LLC is partnering with the Ottawa County Fairgrounds and a number of other local businesses to make NW Ohio the home to a premier, permanent obstacle mud run course.
The Black Swamp Mud Run Course, located at the fairgrounds in Oak Harbor, is one of only a few permanent obstacle courses in the country. A permanent course allows the obstacles to be bigger, more rugged and more numerous than the temporary courses, which are often dragged from city to city, set up in different venues, and torn down the day after the run.
Not a mud runner? Not a runner at all? The course and events are designed for anyone to run, athlete and non-athlete alike.
Runners must be older than 11 years of age and able to run or walk. There may be experienced mud runners striving for their best time, and non-athletes, walking and having a good time. Runners can take breaks half way through or at every obstacle, or they can hit it hard throughout the course.
What is a mud run? Think about adults giving themselves permission to play in the mud again, run an obstacle course, and just get dirty – an opportunity to put stress aside and let off some steam.
Too busy in the summer? Run in the spring. Too busy in the spring? Run in the fall. Since the Black Swamp Mud Run Course doesn’t have to travel from venue to venue, it is planning four events to cater to the busiest schedule:
• May 17: The Muddiest 911 Run invites fire, EMS, and police to run for bragging rights and their name on all future Muddiest 911 Run race shirts. Participants can run as a team or individual; run for time or just for fun or run with friends for the service of your choice.
• June 21: The Fund Runner – support a cause and have fun doing it. Runners can raise funds or awareness for their favorite charities or causes.
• Aug. 2 and 3: The Black Swamp Dirty Dash.
• Oct. 10 and 11: The Night of the Dead Run. One of the few night runs in the country, held a few nights after the full moon.
Traveling or thinking of inviting friends who will have to travel? The Ottawa County Fairgrounds has on-premise camping to make it a full adventure weekend. Area hotels are also offering discounted lodging.
Don’t want to get muddy? Spectators can see almost 85 percent of the course from the grandstand viewing area or from the sidelines. With plenty of vendors and entertainment, spectators will have a great time watching the run.
Visit www.adrenalinerushsports.net for links to each race, links for registering, information for volunteers and sponsors, and race prep suggestions.
Because the Black Swamp Mud Run Course is permanent, the obstacles can be bigger, more rugged and more plentiful. (Submitted photo)