Jun 13, 2015 9:46 PM by Ross Field
Hundreds got down and dirty in Oroville on Saturday as part of the second annual Lord's Gym Mud Run. But it was all for a clean cause: raising money for local children.
It's not the most conventional way to run a race. Instead of a flat surface, there is rugged terrain, obstacles and, of course, mud.
"it just was energizing," race participant Tina Tamori said. "It made you want to get out and be a part of nature and run and get fit."
Held on the ground behind Feather Falls Casino, the race raises money for Lord's Gym, a nonprofit organization which provides kids an affordable place to work out.
"We offer $5 memberships for our teenagers month-to-month," said Lord's Gym president Danielle Devine. "We get between 300-400 teenagers sign up every month. My husband's and my heart belongs to bringing healthy lifestyle and fitness to our young kids."
The various obstacles, including water pits, tire rolls, and haystack pyramids, were taken head on.
"I grew up in the mountains so I do this stuff all the time, but it is pretty challenging," said mud runner Alex George.
"It was nice to get a chance to get wet because it's really hot out here," added Tamori.
More than 600 hundred people battled through the 5-kilometer course, pushing each other to fight to the finish.
"It was all about teamwork out there," said Tamori.
For many, the thrill came from just completing the challenge and despite the dirt, mud and grime, those who finished the race left beaming with pride.
"It was great community spirit and it was really nice to see these people come together and support a good cause," said Tamori.