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Plant City Courier

Runners find a greater challenge at annual mud run


Published:   |   Updated: June 10, 2014 at 04:36 PM

Hundreds of runners who participated in the May 24 Mud Titan run faced challenging obstacles as they ran, crawled and climbed their way to the finish line.

The annual mud run, held at a new venue at 5701 Pless Road, included 30 upgraded obstacles spread over 125 acres. An area called the Coliseum was set aside for award presentations, and such contests as egg and watermelon tosses and climbing a rock wall.

“We’ve got a lot of fun stuff like that going down,” race organizer Mike Nelson said.

He said more than 1,000 participants registered. “It’s been good, been a great day,” he said.

Runners finishing the race reported finding the new venue challenging, which was designed as more of a trail run.

“I hate to run,” said runner Steve Touchton, 52, who participated in his second mud run this year. He said he pushes himself to improve his physical fitness.

“I decided to get in better shape,” he said. “It’s a good challenge.”

Overall winners in this year’s mud run were Ken Corigliano, who finished in about 27 minutes, 11 seconds, and Ashley Samples, who finished in 37 minutes, 24 seconds.

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