Well, this weekend seven ladies and yours truly participated in the Gritty Chix Mud Run Charity event representing Smittys Rancho at Ace Adventure Resort in Minden West Virginia.
Our founder and CEO (and birthday girl this past Friday) Jeannie Smith came in #6 of over three hundred female participants – way to go, woo hoo!
It all started with an informational meeting at 10 am Saturday in the huge tent seen in the picture below (I took this picture from our Monster Safari Van this morning as we were pulling out of the ‘hollow’ that our tent-cabin was nestled in).
Anyway, as we all gathered in the field behind the Welcome Center to get the run started, we were surprised to see that they had a camera drone overhead filming us – fun!
They had told us in the meeting that there would be two ‘more difficult’ inclines on the mountain sides, and several obstacles and wooded paths to traverse before we actually got to the mud pit area at the end… so we all started off with high spirits and a lot of joking up that first incline they spoke of.
The first obstacles we came to were two mud boggy areas with camo type fabric netting hung low overhead. Most of us made it through pretty clean, but in a fit of laughter one or two slipped and were christened with black mud right away.
As we kept going there was a lot of really gorgeous scenery, and at one point we came out of the woods to a wide vista overlooking trees and several hilled inclines coming together at the same place – it was breathtaking and we paused momentarily before pressing on.
Shortly after that we encountered ‘the tube’ which was angled down a slope – so on our bottoms we slid down into mud which was piled in the tube to slow us down before exiting – I actually got my hands dirty on that one.
Then up up up up through the woods again, and though it was not muddy or slippery, we had to be very careful where we stepped because there was a lot of loose rocks – some of which could easily twist an ankle. Not sure if you have ever been to West Virginia but there are some super steep inclines, so along this path there were also several areas that dropped off a couple hundred feet to our left. Scary!
We progressed pretty uneventfully until we got to the mud pit/run part of the course. I had totally expected to have to put on a life jacket and helmet like I had seen in the pictures from last year but we did not.
The first part of the course had us belly crawling under some screening through the mud to get to the other side… three of us were together at this point, and with some trepidation we all went for it, and the smell… I tell you it was pretty yuk.
Throughout the muddy course, there was a rope wall to get over, a slide ‘triangle’ to climb up one side and slide down the other side, some tires on the ground to navigate our way through, open tubes to struggle our way up, two areas that we walked on a log across water (first one) and mud (second one), and several other challenges.
Unfortunately we lost one of our team at the first log that extended across the water – she went skidding off the side and hit her knee on a rock that was in the water below – ouch! (I would sooo recommend removing that rock)… after making sure she had assistance getting back. We then pressed on through the stinky mud until we once again hit the trail that took us through the woods that headed towards the finish line.
The remaining two of us (me and my niece) ended up finishing closer to last, but we had a dirty-good-time, and the others were kind enough to heartily cheer us on as we finally reached the finish line.
Here’s the “clean” picture of six of the team, (sorry it’s not all eight of us -guess you’ll have to imagine my niece and me in there) and hopefully we will be able to scrounge up some muddy pictures of all of us for next week’s entry – that ought to be pretty funny! The nice folks at Ace said they will be posting pictures from the event on their website sometime this coming week. We were seriously & un-recognizably dirty at the end of this one folks 🙂
All in all, everyone had a good time, and of course the event was for charity so that makes us happy knowing we contributed.
Here’s the finish line and the link to the Ace page where they will probably post the muddy pictures if you want to watch for them.
Until next time, I need Advil and sleep ASAP because in a few short hours – it’s MONDAY! Noooo…
Thanks bunches for stopping in and we’ll have more on this and other fun stuff next time.
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