2013 Mud Blasts links Fun, Fitness, and River Conservation in Colusa and Modesto
More than 1500 runners turned out for mud pits, hay bales, climbing walls, and river running at the 3rd annual Colusa Mud Blast at the Willow Bend Preserve on September 19th and the 2nd annual Modesto Mud Blast at Dos Rios Ranch on October 26th. The number of running teams hit a record of 150 between the two events and the costumes were fantastic! This annual fundraiser contributes to River Partners’ conservation work in the Central Valley by providing needed funds to plant trees, maintain irrigation systems, purchase land for conservation, and enhance environmental quality for California residents. It is also an excellent excuse to get the blood pumping across a beautiful 5K course full of intense obstacles. One new addition this year: a 15-foot hay bale pyramid was erected at Dos Rios Ranch that had everyone wondering “Is this really safe?” (It was). Special thanks to all the volunteers who graciously offered their Saturdays to register runners, watch out for obstacle mis-haps, and of course, pour beer for our thirsty athletes. Hope to see you next year!
Thanks to our 2013 Mud Blast Sponsors who helped to make our event a success:
The above article originally appeared in the December 2013 issue of the River Partners Journal.