By Rey Berrones
The Roswell Mud, Sweat and Tears will be put on for a second year.
Last year’s event exceeded expectations, and this year’s event will use the feedback from everyone that participated last year to improve on and create a more exciting event.
The original event last year was venturing into muddy waters as this type of event had never been put on in southeastern New Mexico. The team running the event, headed by Barbara Gomez and Plan-it Productions were anticipating 150 runners, and made preparations for 300 runners. With more than 400 runners participating in the event, it is safe to say that the interest in the run was above expectations.
The run ended up raising more than $2,000 for Operation Wounded Warrior NM last year, a number that they are hoping to beat this year.
This year the run will be moved from September to August to take advantage of the warmer weather, bringing in more water stations, improving obstacles with the input of the National Guard and MISTIC, and most importantly, adding a fun run that families can participate in.
With the addition of the fun run, everyone will need to ask, “are you tough enough for two?”
The new race, dubbed “Roswell Color Sweat and Cheers” is a fun run that has color stations all along the running course that bombard the runners in vibrant and fun explosions of color.
This race will be hosted Aug. 15 at the Cielo Grande Recreation Area and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the local Adopt-A-Soldier program.
This is directly addressing family involvement, with children four and under running for free and children five through 11 running for $12.
“We want everyone to come out to this race, regardless of age or ability. Come in a stroller, come in a wheelchair, or come to run. We just want everyone to have fun,” said Barbara Gomez, race coordinator.
The Roswell Mud Sweat and Tears is a mud obstacle course that is held on Saturday morning, Aug. 16, at the undeveloped area between Noon Optimist Park and the Model Air Field.
This race features wall climbs, mud crawls, culverts, tires and more. This is challenging enough for seasoned mud runners but not too intimidating for runners taking on the obstacles as a team. The first wave of runners will be the elite challengers, who will take on the obstacles on their own, with the following waves consisting of teams of five runners. A portion of the proceeds from the mud run will benefit Operation Wounded Warrior New Mexico.
Race registration is $35 per person, or $160 per five-person team. For more information on the event, visit facebook.com/RoswellMudSweatTears. To register a team, visit roswellmud.racesonline.com/.