Innovative Obstacle Race Event Returns for to the Central Coast on October 26
“Mud Mash” at Laguna Lake Promises Fun and Challenge to Racers and Teams
San Luis Obispo, CA— San Luis Obispo’s All Out Events brings the Mud Mash out for the fourth time on October 26 at the beautiful Laguna Lake park in the heart of San Luis Obispo’s mountainous valley.
“Mud Mash was conceived to appeal to hardcore sports enthusiasts and novice adventures alike. No yelling and torture here, you make it as hard as you like,” said Kristin Horowitz, founder of All Out Events, along with her husband, Yishai.
The course spans a 5k course, wading through the lake, over various obstacles along the flat terrain, through reeds, and up over a rugged mountain trail. The location was chosen because of the stunning natural terrain – minimal alteration to the park will occur. Solo participants must be 13 years or older, or parents must run with children younger. Proceeds go to benefit SLO County Special Olympics.
“We get a lot of calls from people who’ve always wanted to do something like this but are worried it’s too much,” says Kristin. “The reality is, what we’re trying to do here is take you back to the days when you were a child, playing in creeks and mud and not worried about getting dirty or what other people might think. It’s a race as suitable for a top triathlete as it is a retiree, so long as you’re willing to get dirty and have fun with it.”
Speaking of fun, participants are encouraged to come in costume – and a peer-judged costume contest will be held each day before the race.
T event will also feature an “industry competition” along with its regular categories of solo and teams up to ten. “We noticed last year that many local organizations got involved and liked seeing where they came out ahead of their competition, so we decided to formalize it. We hope to see fitness studios, banks, bike shops, coffee shops, you name it, out here competing against eachother,” encouraged Yishai. Moreover, profits from the competition will go to SLO Bike Coalition’s Connect SLO County initiative, and hopefully raise enough funds to create more Bob Jones Bike trails all over the county. “It’s a great way to get local organizations to have fun and give back directly to the health and beauty of the community,” says Kristin Horowitz, co-owner of All Out Events.
Obstacles will include a “swamp stomp,” “reed maze,” hay bale hurdles, 12′ and 6′ walls, and, of course, a big muddy pit at the end!
All Out Events is committed to producing environmentally responsible events. “Protecting the land is something we take very seriously,” Yishai said. “Our motto is ‘zero waste, and leave no trace.’”
Spectators are also encouraged to come and cheer on the racers, and attending will include access to some of the on-course obstacles as well as vendors selling barbecue, beer and more. Visit www.MudMash.com for information and registration.
MUD MASH DETAILS
Date and Time: Saturday, October 26, with participants being released in half-hour waves
starting at 9 a.m.
Place: Laguna Lake, San Luis Obispo, California
Cost: $80 for participants, $320 for 5-person industry team
Registration: For registration and event information, visit www.MudMash.com
Courses: The Mud Mash is in its fourth year, features 18+ creative and challenging obstacles integrated into the natural terrain of Laguna Lake Park.
It will unfold in a 5k loop, appealing to adventure athletes and off the couch participants alike.
About AOE: All Out Events was established by Cal Poly graduates Yishai and Kristin Horowitz. The company specializes in the planning and production of outdoor human-powered events, including endurance adventures, mountain bike races and triathlons. All Out Events is dedicated to providing participants with unmatched experiences, with an emphasis on remarkable venues, attention to detail, environmental responsibility and a keen sense of fun. For more information on All Out Events, visit www.all-outevents.com
Awesome job with the event…. great obstacles and course and energy from everyone… and beautiful place to race!
i participated in the warrior dash last year in southern california and the mud mash was WAY more challenging and A LOT muddier which was great! the included bbq was delicious and the volunteers and photographers were really willing to cheer us on and take extra photos when we asked
I did the Camp Pendelton Mud Run last year and the Mud Mash X was 100 times better.
Better course. Fewer people (which meant more open area to run at your own pace). More support crew. Way better obstacles. More obstacles. Better after party.
I felt so great!!! It was such a well done race. The obstacles were awesome, the scenery was beautiful, and I was ready to market the race so that there would be one next year for me to do!! I’ve already told a bunch of friends.
I was exhausted!!! But I felt this sense of accomplishment knowing that I pushed some of my edges and stepped out of my comfort zone completing some of the obstacles. After I crossed the finish line I was so excited and happy that I had the opportunity to run and complete the race.
By John DeBacker
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