From The Mighty Run features strategy, obstacles — and mud By BEN BIRNELL Observer-Dispatch Posted Apr 29, 2013 @ 06:00 PM
Kathryn Muller doesn’t mind getting dirty. That’s good, considering the Holland Patent resident is participating in The Mighty Run, the inaugural 5K adventure race Saturday that focuses on strategy and features 12 obstacles. The run is on the Masonic Care Community’s sprawling 400-acre campus in Utica. Event organizer JP Kidwell said all proceeds will go to the Masonic Care Community.
Kidwell said people from seven states have signed up, and he anticipates about 2,000 will participate. “For a first-time event, the size of our field far surpassed our expectations,” Kidwell said.
According to the event’s website, participants can expect mud crawling, monkey bars, river running and cargo nets among the course’s obstacles, and it is geared toward individuals and teams at all levels of fitness. The event also will feature a half-mile run for children, ages 5 to 12. The events aren’t timed. Kidwell said the race was planned with the whole family in mind.
It will be Muller’s fourth foray into events such as The Mighty Run. “I’ve always been someone who enjoys climbing and crawling and trying to figure stuff out,” said Muller, 59, who will run on a team named “The Grand Mudders,” with close friend Pam Heller. “It’s just something fun to do and get exercise.”
The Mighty Run will be the second such event for Heller. She said she likes the camaraderie of the event. “Climbing over things is not something you usually do,” said Heller, 62, a Vernon Center resident. “We laugh and have fun together.”
In their first race in September, Muller and Heller participated in the Dirty Girl Mud Run in Buffalo. Muller said she was instantly hooked. “That was so much fun,” said Muller, a licensed clinical social worker. “I came out of that race thinking, ‘I’ve got to do more of these.’”
Muller participated in Syracuse’s Run of the Dead in October and the Daniel Barden Highland Mudfest in April in Deansboro. “For me, it’s not about winning or finishing in a certain time,” said Muller, who hasn’t participated in competitive racing. “Winning, for me, is having fun and completing the obstacles.”
Muller’s 10-year-old son, Eric, also is getting involved. After seeing his mom run in Buffalo, Eric took part in Deansboro and will participate in the kids’ run this weekend. “He’s a pretty active kid,” she said. “Plus, mud attracts 10-year-olds.”