Indian Mud Run draws large crowd

| June 29, 2015

By: Drew Everhart

COSHOCTON – The 4th annual Indian Mud Run offered no shortage of mud or rain for its participants this year. Over 600 runners from all across Ohio, as well as neighboring states, made their way to Lake Park on Saturday to put both their physical and mental strength to the test. The grueling competition is comprised of a 3.5 mile course that is located along much of Lake Park’s nature trails. Numerous types of obstacles are spread throughout the course to further challenge runners. Some of the most popular and challenging obstacles include the cargo net wall, the rock wall, and the dreaded monkey bars that hopefully will guide you across the canal without plummeting to a very wet and slimy fate.

One disappointing setback that restricted a portion of the race was the immense flooding near the finish line. A number of obstacles were unable to be used in the race such as the “not so fan favorite but oh so entertaining to watch” hanging electric wires nearing the end of the course. Competitors instead were faced with the task of trudging through waist high water with the finish line just in sight. Although the untimely rainfall and flooding created a minor setback for the overall quality of the race, the Indian Mud Run still showed a very good turnout of over 600 participants, which is right on track with last year’s race.

The event also helps the community because the proceeds from The Indian Mud Run go toward the betterment of Lake Park. Last year’s earnings of nearly $1500.00 were used by The Park to purchase surveillance systems to protect the grounds.

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