Weekend warriors are a competitive bunch and sometimes resort to snide moves to get an edge but they had to resort to dirty tactics of a different kind in an inaugural race on Saturday.
It was, of course, the Pirates Trail Mud Run in Sparky Drive, a five kilometer race through many obstacles that involved getting filthy in the process.
Organized by Melanie McField and Pat Bazell-Taylor who run the Pirates Week Festival, it was a unique way to bring out kids and adults alike to have lots of fun in a competitive atmosphere and also raise money in the process for the festival, which has events starting from the end of October.
A relieved McField said after, “The main thing is that everyone enjoyed the event, minimal injuries and there is potential to build it going forward.
“It was a fun and challenging event and overall phenomenal event and people want to know when’s the next mud run.”
She estimated that around 300 participated, including children, adults and sponsors in various categories.
The male winner after some confusion was Samuel Young and Melissa Lim was the female champ. Arin Taylor was second fastest, Ben White was third and fourth place went to Michael Smith. Team Dirt Diggers got the team prize.
Many dressed as pirates and other costumes. One particular favorite was the team in tutus.
McField admitted that were areas that need improving and has asked participants, sponsors, spectators and volunteers to provide feedback on how they can made amends for next time. They are hoping to get more assistance from anyone willing to volunteer because competitors often did not know which obstacle was next.
The Pirates Week office has a staff complement of only a few people and rely heavily on volunteers. Lack of marshals was the main problem, hence the need for more help and McField admitted it would have been useful to have the obstacles numbered.
She reckoned that people enjoyed the mud pits most, as well as the body freeze obstacle and the tire wall.
McField said, “On behalf of the Pirates Week staff and executive committee, we wish to thank all of our sponsors, staff, volunteers, participants, spectators and anyone that supported this event.
“The inaugural Pirates Trail Mud Run was such a hit that many participants are already talking about bringing friends and relatives to the next one.
“I hope that this event gave you a bit of a challenge and a whole lot of fun. We look forward to part two this coming Pirates Week, November 6-16.”
McField said that they are done with fundraising for this year and their sole focus now is to plan the festival.
The mud run’s exact figure is still being tallied but the Pirates Week Festival expects to receive around $10,000.
“I want to remind people of this year’s theme “Melting Pot” and encourage all nationalities to get involved with the festival mainly the float parade,” McField said. “We will have some very attractive prizes for the winning floats.”
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