It's challenging, it's muddy and it's got Neepawa's Shawn Dingwall hooked.
Dingwall was one of about 620 participants in the inaugural Manitoba MudRun recently held in Dauphin.
A mud run is a growing sport that sees participants jog through an elongated course filled with obstacles and – true to its name - muddy sections.
In Dauphin, the course spanned 10 km, featured an obstacle every 0.5 kms. and, at least for Dingwall, was a blast.
“It was amazingly put together,” Dingwall explained. “It's more fun than just doing a straight run; the obstacles break it up, you're
always doing something different.”
Dingwall was part of the first wave to head out on the course and he stayed with the lead group throughout the run.
He was the third person to finish the race but, as he points out, the MudRun is not as much of a competition as it is to get out and enjoy some activity.
“When I was done, I was dying at the end of it,” Dingwall jokingly recollected. “But it's great because people twice my age were there doing it, and everyone just goes at their own pace.
“Even for my group, we probably could have finished earlier, but we were waiting at the top of some obstacles helping other people get through them. It's more about just having fun.”
Some of the obstacles at the course included a water area where you had to hop from lily pad to lily pad to get from one side of the water.
“I was able to cross, but I looked back and the guy behind me fell in,” Dingwall explained.
There was also a steep, slippery, muddy ramped obstacle where competitors had to sprint to the top, grab hold of the 2x4 up top, and pull themselves up. That proved slightly more difficult for Dingwall.
“It took me three times to get up that one,” Dingwall admitted with a chuckle.
Because he was one of the earlier runners, Dingwall also avoided the worst of the 'mess', as the course got increasingly muddier as participants trekked through the obstacles.
“I got out pretty clean, but there were some people who were just covered in mud,” he said.
Nonetheless, the new event in Dauphin gave the Neepawa resident “the MudRun itch” and he's already searching to find one more mud run event in Western Canada again before the snow hits.