Usually held at Mavericks Stadium in Adelanto, the annual Mavericks Mud Run, held on Saturday, July 25, was switched to the Victorville Fairgrounds / High Desert Event Center. With 1725 runners, it attracted about 400 more participants than last year’s event.
Mavericks management said that, due to water usage restrictions implemented by the city of Adelanto, the stadium could not host the run this year.
The mud-filled obstacle course was a challenge to runners, who said they really liked the new location.
Many group teams were in the running this year, including Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group, which had over 115 people, and Jack in the Box brought out over 80 runners.
Mud runs are popular events because playing in the mud is fun. Runners stayed hydrated and were cheered on by volunteers.
Over 30 obstacles were made for this year’s mud run, and included hay bales, jumps, walls, pools of gooey mud, and more. All this, and the event still cut their water usage by 50 percent over last year in a conservation effort.
Categories of “Nifty 50” for the baby boomer crowd, and a one-mile vrun for the kids were popular. That made for a truly family-friendly event, and offered something for everyone.