Who says kids get to have all the fun? A group of local women from Elite Fitness all over the age of 40 teamed up recently to conquer the World Famous Mud Run™ at Camp Pendleton. This event is the most fun you can have running a 10K! Not only do you get to test your balance running up slippery hills and crossing two 5-foot walls with mud on both sides but you also swim across Lake O’Neill, squeeze through a tunnel, and the highlight – crawl through the 30-foot mud pit. Click here to check out the course map.
The Elite Fitness crew from Dove Canyon, Rancho Santa Margarita, Coto de Caza, and Trabuco Canyon chose a red, white and blue theme to honor the military who bravely serve our country (and who were also brilliant cheerleaders at the race!) One of the team members Dessa is a proud military mom whose son Kaleb is currently serving at Camp Pendleton as part of the military police. Kaleb was the proud one this time cheering on his mom at the finish line. Other teams were reminiscent of the crazy folks who run “Bay to Breakers” in San Francisco each year – there were men in wedding dresses, a “fast food” team consisting of Wendy, Ronald McDonald, Jack-in-the-Box, Bob’s Big Boy, and Burger King, and even the Smurf family was there! Following the race, participants and their fans enjoyed live music, games, rock climbing, temporary tattoos, face painting, DJs, and food from local vendors.
Participants are given 2 hours and 45 minutes to finish the race, but the two teams from Elite Fitness finished in 1.5 hours and just under 2 hours, beating many of the younger teams. The dedicated boot campers credit their preparation to their instructor Scott Gaines, MS. Scott is the Senior Vice President for National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association (NESTA), has a Master’s Degree in Human Movement, and has been in the fitness industry for more than 18 years. Scott runs a fitness camp in Rancho Santa Margarita from 5:30 – 6:30 am five days a week. His motto is “Don’t just do it, do it right”.
If you are a runner, an adventurer, or you just want to check out a crazy race that’s loads of fun for everyone, be sure to get down to Camp Pendleton next year for the World Famous Mud Run™. Or try one of the copycat races that have popped up over the past few years: Irvine Mud Run, Survivor Mud Run at Lake Elsinore, Muddy Buddy in Los Angeles, or the Tough Mudder at Snow Valley. You’ll love getting muddy!
For more information on getting in shape to conquer a mud run: www.elitefitnesscamp.com or call (714) 606-3160