May 04, 2013 - 7:03 PM
Running 10 kilometers straight is a proud feat for the average person. But today in Kelowna 800 people asked for more. They took on a 10-kilometer obstacle course sprinting up and down the mountain side, scaling barriers, plunging into ice cold water, jumping over tires and finally crawling in the mud.
As part of the first ever Mudd, Sweat and Tears charity fundraiser over 800 particiants and volunteers showed up at Lake Okanagan Resort to test their endurance, physical limits and sense of humor. The race raises funds for the Breakfast Clubs of Canada charity which provides children in need with a healthly breakfast every day.
The race kicked-off at 10:00 a.m. and by noon participants caked in dried mud were reaching the finish line. Some navigated the course with precision while others nose-dived into the swampy terrain.
"Why can't there be any downhill?" shouted one of the racers turning onto the "misery mile."
An hour and fifty minutes into the race Josh Hogan emerged from the course, running shoes in hand.
"That was intense - it's been a blast, a lot of hiking," he said while catching his breath. "Our team is all over the place, we tried to do it as group but in the end it's a race against yourself."
Up above the course parking marshals were navigating vehicles trying to squeeze down Westside Road. Volunteer Dave Hawrish was turning cars away from the full parking lot and said if it weren't for a leg injury he would be down racing with the others.
"Everyone who does this gets ten years added to their life," he says.
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