|Daddy stayed clean today because he earned a well deserved rest weekend after his 50K|
|Our shoes were clean when we started|
The boys had talked for a year about doing this race again. Zman was signed up for the full 3.5 mile course, and Nickel had originally been signed up for the mini course (1.5 miles). Nickel changed his mind race morning and wanted to go for the full thing so the three of us lined up to start the full course. We were treated to a Marine Corps band as they raised the colors (apparently the building in the background is the building that is in the intro to the old TV show Major Dad).
|See how much fun we are having!|
Then we hit the trails and were making pretty good time on the trail run. We did an a-frame and hurdled some hay bales and then hit the first PT station which was flutter kicks.
|ZMan taking off after the A-Frame wall|
Then we hit another tire drill and a tunnel crawl.
There was a small outbreak of tears at this point due to some mud in an eye and a little consternation over being so dirty, but we worked through it and were having fun again by the time we hit the water station around 1.5 miles. Then it got real. I knew this would be the hardest part for the kids because we hit Firebreak Trail which features some climbs which are daunting for little legs. We scaled the first one with not much problem and hit the first water point. It was pretty deep, but ZMan made it through on his own. I helped Nickel through and had to carry him in a few deep parts.
|Zman making it through the mud pit|
Then we hit Stadium trail and did a Spider Web which was pretty cheesy, but the kids thought it was fun. The second PT station was jumping jacks and then the ammo can carry. The Marines gave Nickel a pass because the cans were 10 lbs each. Zman could have taken a pass as well, but he wanted to do it so he grabbed both cans and made it through the carry with them. I was shocked and proud of him! Nickel got to pass the monkey bars because they were too high and far apart for his little arms. Zman got a boost by a Marine and made it across with minimal help. Then came a series of hills which seemed to go on and on, but the kids did well with them and kept pushing.
|Nickel waiting at the top of the hill for us.|
|You can see the second mud pit at the bottom of the hill.|
Our shoes were really heavy and muddy at this point, and it was getting hard for little legs to make it up the hills. Luckily some of the hills had cargo nets because they were pretty slippery. Finally we hit the last water station and saw our friends who were working there. We rinsed some mud off of our shoes and then headed back out for the last little piece. We hit push ups at the last PT station, went through some wrecking balls and had to belly crawl through more mud.
|Ready to belly crawl through mud.|
Then we slid down a mudslide and headed to the finish.
|Nickel on the mudslide|
My only other complaint about the race is that they didn't have any facilities to hose off at the end. In previous years we have hit a fire hose obstacle at the end of the race to rinse all of the mud off. So we were a bit of a mess at the end.
They did have nice tents where we could change, but we were so filthy that it was almost pointless to change. I also liked that we could donate our shoes.
|Changing tents and shoe donation bin|