Mud run fun in Emerald
WHITSUNDAY ATHLETES got down and dirty at the 2014 Emerald Mud Run on Saturday.
Three teams travelled from Airlie and Proserpine to compete in the event that aims to raise money for Central Highlands cancer foundations.
About 1200 people took part, with participants invited to slide, wade, crawl, walk and climb over about 20 obstacles, ranging from basic to very physically demanding.
It was Teena Pettigrew’s second time competing in the event. Her team, Mud E Coyotes was made up of Ruth Grundy, Cassandra Doblo, Pettigrew and Ra- chelle Beneke. The teams tackled the course in timed waves to avoid human bottlenecks or traffic jams. Pettigrew said the event wasn’t timed, so people of all levels of fitness could compete.
Hurling mud at each other the whole way round the course, the Mud E Coyotes had to contend with climbing over hay stacks, tunnels and trenches. While the ground was harder than normal due to the drought conditions in Central Queensland, the biggest shock for the team was splashing through waist deep icy cold water half way through the course, while the hardest was hoisting their mud soaked bodies over the lip of a shipping container from a hay bale stack. “We ran as a team. The Firies were wetting us down with fire hoses. Our outfits had tails on the back, the mud and water stuck to it and felt like it added an extra 5kg.”
The Mud E Coyotes took about 1.2 hours to get around the course. “We were being a little bit silly,” Pettigrew said, “It was really hot, the running was good. We made it a lot of fun.”
The event is in its second year and competitors of all ages travelled from Longreach, Brisabane, Cairns and further to take part.
MUDDY FUN: The Airlie Birds team members Matt Thurtell, Jennelle Thurtell, Nardarh Warren, Melissa Wilson, Shelley Cornish, Annette Tween and Steve Thurtell who competed in the Emerald Mud Run on Saturday.