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Today is the Muddy Buddy race at Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield.  I had never heard about this race and was tipped off by a good friend.  Aside from watching the Monument Ave 10K, watching people race is kind of like watching paint dry.  This race, however, is completely different.

Teams of two complete a 6-7 mile off road course with 5 obstacles.  At the start of the race, one team member will run and the other will ride a bike. At the 1st obstacle, the rider will drop the bike, complete the obstacle, and begin running. The runner will arrive, complete the obstacle, find their bike and begin riding. Teams will continue leapfrogging each other through the entire course.  The obstacles vary according to the landscape of each venue, but past obstacles have been a cargo net crawl, a low wall, monkey bars, cargo net climb, or a hay bale obstacle. And at every race teams will have to conquer the famous Mud Pit before crossing the finish line together.  Although there are plenty of competitive teams out there, there are also plenty of first-timers at the race who are just there to have fun. 

Similar to the 10K, there is a costume contest so be prepared to see people racing in some wacky outfits.  There is also a mini muddy buddy race for kids.  Kids ages 4-13 can race through a short obstacle course and then head right for the mud pit. 

The race is held in 18 different cities and teams often travel to compete in different races.  You can see the 2010 schedule here.  Proceeds from the races go to help the Challenged Athletes Foundation, which provides grants to help people with physical disabilities pursue an active lifestyle.

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