After a fun and successful 2016 Daniel Barden Mudfest Kathryn and Wendy pre-registered to get deeply discounted tickets. Kathryn was counting on Eric and Stone to repeat the run with her. However, Stone opted out and Eric opted to play basketball on his AAU team. Kathryn was stuck with two tickets and fortunately Tanya and Stephanie were willing to give it a try. Despite damp conditions and cool temperatures there was a record number of participants. The ladies had a lot of fun and made Stephanie and Tanya converts to mud/obstacle courses.
Kathryn once again organized a team for the 4th Annual Daniel Barden Mudfest including Eric, Stone and 4 friends: Hannah, Oliva, Mackenzie and Jessica. This year was the 4th annual Mudfest. In 2013 Eric and Trevor ran the kids course and Kathryn ran with Beth. In 2014 it was cold and rainy; Eric did not compete but Kathryn was joined by Beth and Skip. In 2015 Kathryn was joined by Eric and Stone.
We took the Stone and Dakota with us to the Pumpkin Patch Mud Run. Friday night we had spaghetti dinner at Jeanne’s along with other team members. Saturday was damp but the rain held off until the kid’s run at 12:30. Kathryn, Eric, Stone and Nathan did both the adult run and the kid’s run for a total of a little over 4 miles.
Kathryn, Eric, Billie Jo, Stone, Dakota, Margaret and Harrison all completed the Tough Turtle Obstacle course run. Kathryn and Margaret ran in the 10am wave and then turned around and repeated the full 5k course in the Family Run wave at noon.
The Tough Turtle features a 5k course with 17 obstacles, along the lovely Cayuga Waterfront Trail, and rustic Black Diamond Trail on the south shores of Cayuga Lake, minutes from downtown Ithaca. The starting line was at the Ithaca Children’s Garden Turtle, at the south end of the Ithaca Children’s Garden. The course followed a stay left rule throughout the whole course. The course heads south, following the Water Front Trail and turns north under Rt. 89. The course continued north up the Cayuga Water Front Trail and crossed Cass Park fields before reversing back to follow the Water Front trail south, back under Rt. 89. The course went straight and reversed again before going under Rt. 96. The course ran north along the Water Front Trail to the Black Diamond Trail and up towards Rt. 96, up a steep grade. Racers came down the hill, and headed north on the Black Diamond Trail before ducking into the woods to the east of the Black Diamond Trail for an obstacle, and south along the woods at far edge of Union Fields. The course then ran across the fields parallel to the Black Diamond Trial and finished along the Cass Park Access Rd near the end of the Ithaca Children’s Garden Parking Lot.
Afterwards the team spent a night in Cortland at a hotel with a pool returning home Sunday morning.