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Where to get your mud on in the South Sound

Northwest Guardian

Published: 02:57PM July 17th, 2014

Capes and masks, ranging in color from Batman-black to Iron Man red, will be flooding through Soldiers Field House Saturday.

At the finish line, however, everyone will be wearing a matching mud brown, before they get a chance to rinse off in the fire department’s shower trailer and grab a free taco. “Superheroes” is the theme of the ninth annual Joint Base Lewis-McChord “Down & Dirty 5K Mud Run,” with registration opening at 8 a.m.

Registering on event day costs $25 for military ID card holders and $35 for those without IDs. Only people who register in advanced get T-shirts and participation medals. However, all participants will be eligible for door prizes; including a Go-Pro Camera and white-water-rafting trip for two, regardless of when they registered.

DJ Chrissy Williams will be playing music throughout the event, starting at 8:30 a.m.

Participants will be released in waves, with children between 6 and 12, who must be accompanied by an adult, going in the last wave around 10:20 a.m. Race coordinator, Tara Long, said younger children will not be permitted to join in for their safety.

“This is a great family event because it is not timed, Long said. “There will be no best male or female awards, or anything like that — just a lot of fun.”

The race includes wading through mud, stepping through tires, climbing steep hills and conquering low obstacles. It is open to all athletic abilities; from trained athletes to families with children older than 6 — and everyone in between.

Long said the new additions to this year’s race focus on making it easier for people to flow through the course.

“The 18th Engineer Company just finished clearing the trail and widening the mud pit because we had so much bottleneck last year,” she said. “And we have one new obstacle. The course this year ends with a big inflatable Slip ‘n Slide.”

Another new addition is the fire department’s Mass Decontamination trailer, a mobile unit full of hot-water showers, to replace the freezing fire-hydrant spray from years past.

For more JBLM-based races, go to www.jblmmwr.com/races.

Where to run

JULY

39th Lakefair 8k and 3k, Half Marathon

n Saturday, 7 a.m.

n Check-in begins at 6 a.m.

n Heritage Park, Olympia.

n www.ontherunevents.com/lakefair.

Second Annual Thrive 5K

n Monday, 6:30 p.m.

n Check-in begins at 5:30 p.m.

n Thrive Community Fitness, 5401 Corporate Center Loop S.E., Lacey.

n www.active.com/lacey-wa/running/distance-running-races/thrive-5k-2014.

Grow in the Dark 5K and Kids Run

n July 25 with kids run at 8:15 and 5k at 9 p.m.

n Check-in starts at 7 p.m.

n Regional Athletic Complex, 8345 Steilacoom Road S.E., Lacey.

n www.pnwmushroomfest.com.

For the City 5K and Kids’ Run

n July 27 at 9 a.m.

n Check-in at 8 a.m.

n www.raceforthecity.com.

AUGUST

Park to Pint 5K (ages 21 and over)

n Aug. 9 at 6:30 p.m.

n Check in begins at 5:30 p.m.

n Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma.

n www.metroparkstacoma.org/goldfish.

12-Hour Ultra Endurance Challenge

n Aug. 10 at 6 a.m.

n Marathon Park Deschutes Parkway, Olympia.

n Registration closes on Aug. 8.

n www.guerillarunning.com/Transcendence_12-Hour_Run.html.

JBLM Deuces Wild Sprint & Olympic Triathlon

n Aug. 16 at 9 a.m.

n Shoreline Park at JBLM.

n Early registration prices ends Aug. 6 at noon.

n www.jblmmwr.com/races.

Parkland Pace or Race 5K

n Aug. 23 at 9:30 a.m.

n Check-in at 8:30 a.m.

n Washington High School, 12420 Ainsworth Ave. S., Tacoma.

6th Annual Four (Wo)Man/Three Bike Relay

n Aug. 26 at 10 a.m.

n Chambers Lake Trailhead, 5129 Chambers Creek Loop S.E., Lacey

n www.runoly.com/4-man-3-bike-relay.php.