Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Delaware Mud Run Jr. Recap

The Delaware Mud Run Jr. is an amazing event for kids ages 6-13...it is located at Frightland in Middletown, DE and 100% of the proceeds go to benefit the Leukemia Research Foundation of Delaware.  It cost $25 before May 31 then increase to $30 thereafter.  The course is a 1.5 mile loop and has multiple age appropriate obstacles to go through.  My boys LOVED this event and asked immediately after they finished if they can do it again next year.  This was my oldest sons third year doing the race and my little guys first time! 
Pre- Mud Pit
There were close to 2200 kids participating in the run and they had different waves you could sign up for.  We chose the 6pm time slot since it was a Wednesday night and we knew it would be a late night.  The gates opened at 4 pm for parking and pre-race fun. 

Well....Parking was a disaster and there was one man in particular who was EXTREMELY rude and inconsiderate.  I could not get over how rude a person could be especially at an event for children and everyone participating in the event was there to support an amazing cause!!!!!   Because the parking situation was such a mess I know there was at least one accident that occurred and also caused an awful back up of traffic on the highway.  It was very unsafe and people were parking on the shoulder of Rt. 13 and walking to the start of the race.  Thankfully,  the owner was super kind and apologized for the volunteers rude behavior!!  I think in the future they need to hire police to direct traffic and manage parking WAY better!! 

We made it to the start with plenty of time to hangout with friends, do the Gangnam Style and Harlem Shake.  Then we walked over to the start and waited for the kids to start:
Once they started we were able to walk to one of the mud pits they would be going in and hung out there until we saw them.  It is so excited to see our little one's accomplish such an awesome thing!  My hubby was at the finishline to see them all dive into the last big mud pit! 

This was the first year they gave out medals and the kids absolutely loved them and were so proud!

The only other issue was meeting up with the kids at the finish....they had roped off the finish area and you were not able to get across to the kids.  They corrected this issue immediately and luckily my oldest finished with his friends and was with one of the other moms. 
Post Mud Pits

We will definitely do this again next year and hope to have a big group participate and raise a lot of money for the Leukemia Research Foundation.  Hopefully in 2014 they will figure out a better parking system and maybe move the race to a weekend. 

We hope to see ya at the Mud Run next year!

Happy Running!

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