Racing five kilometers through mud and obstacles might not seem like the best way to spend a Saturday, but for those who participated in the LoziLu Women’s Mud Run in Washington in July, it was a chance to raise money for cancer research and have a good time doing it.
“It’s a really great fundraiser,” said Jody Sklar, who participated this year.
Sklar and the others who participated formed teams that raised money as a group from sponsors before the event.
“It’s a wonderful thing to do for charity,” Sklar said.
Cheered on by her husband and children, Sklar completed the race covered in mud. She and her children were quite happy with the outcome.
“The kids loved watching the moms get muddy,” Sklar said.
After telling her friends about it, Sklar has gotten interested inquiries from enough people that she plans to lead her own team next year. Rather than a deal breaker, the mud actually is seen as a positive part of the experience.
“The mud part seemed like a great addition to the exercise,” Sklar said, although she admitted that rain would not have been as much fun to compete in. “Luckily we had great weather.”
Although her children have encouraged her to go down one of the slides into a muddy puddle head first next year, Sklar said that in reality participants don’t have to end up covered head to toe in mud to take part and raise money for a worthy cause.
“You get as muddy as you want to get,” Sklar said.