Mud Run
September, 2011 - Article by Aaron Cress
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Caption:A runner makes a splash in the mud after traversing a slippery log on the inaugural mud run at Landis Wilderness area. --Photo by: Aaron Cress--

On a park’s opening day, rain might typically cause a rescheduling, but at Lake Corriher wilderness area in Landis, NC, rain only made things better. With nearly 100 acres, Lake Corriher offers a variety of activities including walking paths, fishing, mountain bike trails, and boat rentals. On opening day, September 24th, everyone was hoping for rain after several weeks of dry weather. This would make the trails sufficiently muddy for the Down and Dirty Mud Run, which was scheduled for that day and sponsored by Jeep, REI, and the South Rowan YMCA. The run was nearly four miles and included a creek crossing, traversing a muddy log, and finishing on a hill transformed into a slide by the Landis Fire Department. The rain not only soaked the entire course, it also made the creek crossing a real challenge.

Contestants could enter the race as individuals, or as two or four person teams where everyone on the team had to finish together. Later that day, there was a kids’ run that followed a much shorter course but ended on the same mudslide. The day was a tremendous success, with plenty of awards and family activities taking place after the race. The YMCA also provided free showers for everyone and all day access to the YMCA facilities.

For more information about the Lake Corriher wilderness area, contact the town of Landis’ Parks
Director Andrew Morgan at 704-857-4114.