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Fort Worth mud run attracts thousands [HD]

Melissa Hawkes
Fort Worth mud run attracts thousands [HD]

2009 Mud Run DESCRIP3

This may look like military boot camp training, but most of these north Texans are civilians, who willingly paid money to trek through miles of mud all in the name of good fun.

“This is a great race,” said mud runner Karen Dorsey. “It’s really fun. The obstacle course is really fun. You just get down and get dirty. Who doesn’t love a little mud?”

Twice a year the Trinity Trails in Fort Worth gets a mud makeover which attracts north Texans looking to do some good by getting dirty. A portion of the proceeds are donated to The Young Marines Program and other local charities.

“It was a lot of fun last year,” said mud runner Antwon Spears. “I think it’s a good cause, and It’s pretty fun.”

2009 Mud Run DESCRIP2

This Fort Worth Mud Run is 6.2 miles of muddy boot camp style obstacles, providing a challenge for even the fittest of athletes like Carmen Tellez from Grapevine.

“This is my first time,” said mud runner Carmen Tellez. “We just got through of training for the Chicago Marathon. We’re looking forward to our second adventure mixing it up. You kind of have to keep it a little fun.”

With the sound- off of a gunshot the fun begins.Runners were put to the ultimate test crawling under trenches, swinging over mud pits, climbing up and over a wobbly net, and even getting completely submersed in the cold, muddy water.

“There was probably 3 or 4 obstacles where your head is completely covered in water,” said mud runner Daniel Zamora.

“After three miles you can’t wait to dip in that water,” said mud runner Kyle Coots.

“With the weather it was a combination of exhaustion, cold and fun,” said mud runner Jimmy Chan.

2009 Mud Run DESCRIP1

After an hour and 52 minutes of climbing, crawling, and getting caked in mud, Tellez had a new found respect for the race.

“Normally 6 miles will take about an hour but no not today,” said Tellez. “We are not trying to break any world records. It was exhilarating and there were quite a few challenges. I think mental challenges that we had. It was scary with the height ones. I really didn’t think it was going to hit me as much as it did, but you are slippery with your hands and your feet.”

Even members of the Fort Worth Fire Department faced a challenge helping to hose off the mud.

“There is mud in places I am sure I don’t know of yet,” said Tellez.

It may take just a few more showers to get the job done.

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Reporting has been a passion of mine ever since the day I first stepped into a news station at the age of 17. It was at that moment I knew I wanted to be a part of the action. I am a proud Texan, born and raised in Katy, Texas. After graduating from high school, I decided to be adventurous and attended Florida State University. I spent one year at FSU and loved every second of it. It didn’t take me long to realize that no other state was like Texas and I had to come back! I transferred to Texas Christian University in August 2006 and majored in Broadcast Journalism and minored in Political Science. I took advantage of every opportunity in college to learn as much as possible about reporting. I traveled to Australia to study journalism in Sydney and Melbourne. I also completed an internship with a Fox News Radio station at the Democratic National Convention in August 2008. While interning, I met one of my all-time favorite reporters--Anderson Cooper and even walked right past Oprah Winfrey! The highlight was seeing Barack Obama give his Democratic nominee acceptance speech to run for the Presidency. The DNC was definitely one the best experiences of my life and motivated me to become a better reporter. After returning from the convention, I interned at NBC affiliate, KXAS, here in DFW and learned everything from how a newsroom operates to the daily grind of reporting. I graduated from TCU in May 2009 and now I have the opportunity to turn my passion of reporting into a reality by joining the DFWreporting.com team. I have come to love DFW and I am thrilled to be reporting on positive news in the DFW area. Feel free to send story ideas my way!


One Response to “Fort Worth mud run attracts thousands [HD]”

  1. Frank W Says:

    I just did the Tough mudder yesterday, and I am now ready for this event! Rock on! These are GREAT events!!!

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