No Mud No Glory One Tough Mud’r 2
Thirty days from now, District VI Council Member Charlie San Miguel will be hosting the second 5K mud race in Laredo on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at North Central Park, located at 10202 International Boulevard. The “No Mud! No Glory! one tough mud’r 2” obstacle course, boot-camp style race is a follow-up to the extremely successful inaugural event held last September, in which almost 1,000 participants competed.
“I’m so excited to once again host this tremendously popular race that will bring people to the beautiful North Central Park to participate in this fun and exciting race, a race for competitors of all ages and especially, for teams. I really want people to get together, whether it’s from your workplace, church, neighbors, school groups or any group organization to come out and experience the feeling of pride you get when you are running for your team,” said Cm. San Miguel. “I encourage everyone in Laredo to come out and participate in – or just watch – this really entertaining mud race.”
While the length is a typical 5K, approximately three miles, the course is anything but. Throughout scenic North Central Park, the race course will feature 30-plus boot-camp training type obstacles, featuring, you guessed it, MUD. Obstacles such as monkey bars, mud hill climb, over and under logs, mud pit and a mud crawl are just a few of the challenges that will make the No Mud! No Glory! one tough mud’r2 race so enjoyable to be a part of, or just to observe.
The entry fee for this race is $30 early registration for youth, ages 11-17 years old. A youth option on some of the course obstacles will be enforced, which means that obstacles that may be a bit advanced for youth will have a set of exercises, such as burpees or push-ups, that must be completed instead. This modified option is also available to other racers on any of the other obstacles, as well.
For all other categories, which includes male and female ages 18-23; 24-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60 and up; and team – no age limit on teams – pre-registration is $45. Anyone can pre-register online at www.cityoflaredo.com; credit cards only. Pre-registration is also taking place at three recreation centers: James & Maria Luisa Haynes Health and Wellness Center, 2102 Clark’s Crossing Drive; Northeast Hillside Recreation Center, 320 Wyoming; and El Eden Recreation Center; 4735 Loma Vista. Cash, check or money orders only are accepted at the recreation centers. All competitors must also fill out a liability release form.
A late registration will be taking place on Friday, May 3, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with an increased $55 late fee at a location to be announced. At this time, all pre-registrants will also be able to pick up their registration packets which will include bib numbers, T-shirts and the all important heat start times. Finally, for all procrastinators out there, an on-site registration will be available from 7-11 AM only, the day of the event, with an increased fee of $65 for all categories. However, organizers advise against this option and encourage all those interested in participating in signing up as early as possible to get the best possible heat start times.
“The race is beginning at 7:30 a.m., with approximately 10-minute staggered heat start times,” said Osbaldo Guzman, Parks & Leisure Services Director. “However, because of the sheer number of participants last year, some people did not get to start competing until well after 12 PM. By signing up early, you should get the better start time, avoiding the heat of the day, plus a less muddy obstacle.” All competitors should arrive at least one hour before their designated start time.
Thanks to an improved electronic chip timing system, winners should be announced by the end of the race. However, all racers are encouraged not to lose their chips in the mud and obstacles so that their times can be properly recorded.
Trophies will be distributed to individual winners in each category. Teams will compete for the Agent Jeffrey Ramirez Memorial Team Championship Award. This trophy is named for Border Patrol Agent Jeffrey Ramirez who passed away last year; Agent Ramirez was a big fan of such events. Border Patrol agents who ran in his honor as Jeffrey’s Dawgs took the trophy last year and vow to keep defending the title.
Thanks to the generous sponsors of the event, including at this point, the City of Laredo, Garza Medical Associates, Hickey Peña and Southern Distributing, Cm. San Miguel promises fun and prizes and a good hose down after the event. Sponsorship and vendor opportunities for the event are still available.
“We hope to have a festival, fun atmosphere at the mud race, with sponsor displays and other vendors selling food and drinks, as well as providing music and entertainment to make waiting around and watching the racers come in more fun,” said Cm. San Miguel. Please contact Xochitl Mora Garcia in the City of Laredo Public Information Office at 791-7461 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For more information about the race, please visit the mud run Facebook page or call the Haynes recreation center at 729-4600
Forms to enter the competition can be found at http://www.ci.laredo.tx.us/ or here: