What do you get when you take a 5K and add mud, music and an unforgettable after-party? You'll get the Del Mar Mud Run, one of San Diego's growing races that is quickly becoming a local favorite.
Brought to you in partnership by VAVi Sport and Social and Millennium Events, the Del Mar Mud Run takes over the Del Mar Fairgrounds and transforms it into 3.1 miles of good, muddy fun.
In its first year, the Del Mar Mud Run attracted 5,000 people and the number keeps on growing. Casual athletes, new runners and even endurance veterans are taking the Del Mar Mud Run by storm.
Latane Meade, president of VAVi Sport and Social Club, says the appeal comes because the Del Mar Mud Run is not your typical race.
"When you're just doing a run, that might get boring," Meade says. "At a mud run there are people in costumes, and it's more creative than a straight run. Runners are attracted to the uncertainty of what the obstacles will be, and it's just so outrageous to be getting soaked in mud."
The Del Mar Mud Run also welcomes all fitness levels, attracting a bigger audience willing to give it a try.
"Some people take it really competitively and run through the 20 obstacles as hard as they can," Meade says. "Some people just want to achieve a 5K mud run. We make it a very clear message that you don't have to be an extreme athlete. You might not go as fast as everyone else, but you'll still have fun."
VAVi, a leader in San Diego sport leagues and social events since 2002, also dials in on a social aspect sometimes forgotten at other events.
"This isn't just a race where you do the event and go home," Meade says. "We make it a point to keep people around with our huge after-party. We want to set up a situation where people are going to have an amazing time."
Meade notes that VAVi is one of the few companies that focuses on keeping participants and spectators at the party after the event. The Del Mar Mud Run's Mud Fest after-party is complete with live music, games, food, drinks and more.
"We provide first beer free because we want to get the party started," Meade says of the perks for finishers 21 and up.
VAVi and Millenium Events are always looking at how to improve obstacles and come back with new, creative ones year after year, Meade says.
"It's so exciting to actually see all of it being pulled off," Meade says of the race. "It's a huge production putting it all together. To see everything happening and everyone having a great time?as an event organizer, that's what you want."
For runners who love the concept of the Del Mar Mud Run but don't want the mud, VAVi and Millenium Events have created the Ridiculous Obstacle Course Race, known as the ROC Race. Learn more about the ROC Race or sign up for ROC Race San Diego.
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