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Wow, what a mess!
There was so much mud at the fairgrounds over the weekend headliner Danny Gokey could probably have seen it from the freeway. Didn't even rain there until after the Dirty Girl Mud Run was over!
How could so many women get so dirty? So much mud-slinging you'd think the candidates were debating. So much mud wrestling you'd think the event was sponsored by the bar across the street.
I heard some comments about the nasty smell of the mud. (I'm sure the fair's animals had nothing to do with that.) If it's held there next year maybe someone could do something about that, you know, muddy smell?
Fifteen or whatever thousand women and you wouldn't believe how many outhouses there were! The largest grouping was nearly as large as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and arranged in the same chevron-shaped pattern.
The outdoor shower for finishers to clean up in was nearly as large as a barn and used so much water a stream ran from it only a little less than the Fox at low tide, and just as muddy.
Mud is the great equalizer. There was no race in this race. Everyone had the same color skin at the finish line. The only white left on some of these hardy gals were their teeth and maybe the whites of their eyes!
Dirty Girl Mud Run was a $75.00 per person 5K obstacle course where 2.5% of the fee went to breast cancer research. Though sponsorship and fund raising wasn't encouraged as with a Komen type run, organizers hoped to contribute upwards of a quarter million to cancer research this year.
$75.00 is a bargain for a run in Waukesha mud. Remember when this was a spa town? Wealthy folk came far and wide to bathe in Waukesha mud. Dirty Girl girls got a free facial thrown in for their price of admission.
I'd venture to guess most women in the run were members of a team of some sort. A super hero team I saw were all sisters. Many teams wore brightly-colored outfits, at least until the first water obstacle. The breast cancer theme seemed to correlate with many of the humorous team names.
I know for a fact some people were injured. One dangerous obstacle was a mud-covered, tall wooden wall to be scaled by slippery women of all sorts. How could someone not get hurt?
This annual event is challenging, yet fun. Lots of team building and camaraderie. If the County Fair Board is smart they'd think about incorporating some of what worked so well here. The fair already hosts a 5K run and often ends up with at least one muddy day in it's 5-day schedule.
When life gets a little muddy, why not make mud pies?