PRCA Mud Run 9

Wearing dress clothes and a helmet-cam, Explorer photographer Randy Metcalf slides into a pit of water during the Mud Run at Pusch Ridge Christian Academy Friday. For the video, go to

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A few weeks ago I was asked if I would like to participate in Pusch Ridge Christian Academy’s Mud Run fundraiser by running in the race. I have always wanted to participate in a Warrior Dash or similar activity, so a two-mile race around the school’s campus sounded like a great introduction to what I thought I wanted to do.

As the date approached, I found I was going to be running with teachers and faculty from the school, along with parents who also wanted to run the course. I also was told that some were dressing up.

I decided to wear some light kaki pants, a white with blue stripe shirt, a tie, and a helmet with a GoPro camera attached to it.

I was a little surprised when I saw that pretty much everyone else was wearing running gear, with the exception of a few who were wearing tutus. And I was certainly the only person who had a helmet on.

The course, designed by DCB Adventures, was a two-mile loop around the school, where participants were asked to climb over bales of hay and walls. We slid down hills, crawled through mud and swam across a muddy tank of water.

Other than having fun, the purpose of the run was to raise money to support the school’s academic funds and to help purchase heart monitors for the physical education program. With three events that the school uses to raise funds, they have raised about $100,000 so far.

The race started out with being sprayed by Golder Ranch firefighters’ fire hoses as we made our way towards the first obstacle.

I thought I was in decent shape or at least enough to keep up a decent pace, but, I don’t think I took into account the weight that wet khaki pants, a long-sleeved shirt and a tie would pull on me. I have to admit, I did have to walk in some sections to catch my breath.

And, for whatever reason, I decided to keep my eyes open as I made my way through the mud pit. My vision was muddy (pun intended) for the next quarter mile and I had to stop and regain my whereabouts.

The obstacles throughout the course weren’t difficult or impossible, but they weren’t all a cakewalk.

After finishing the dozen or so obstacles and as I made my way across the final leg of the race, I could hear the announcer say, “And here comes a guy in dress pants, a shirt, a tie… and… a helmet… I guess you can never be too safe.”

As I got closer, it was apparent to the announcer that I was simply wearing the helmet to support the camera I had mounted for a first-person point-of-view account of my race, although I couldn’t help but feel a little dumb.

The gigantic inflated slippery slide with a mud pit at the end was by far my favorite obstacle, which my editor captured a shot of me as I launched myself down the slide.

At 32, and being someone who doesn’t run very regularly (read: never), the course took its toll on me the following few days, but it was well worth it.

People said I was a good sport for participating in this, but honestly, I loved doing it. I guess I am still a kid at heart and don’t take myself too seriously (also read: never).

This particular fundraiser was limited to those connected to the school, but I always like it when I see something new as people try to gain funds and attention through new and creative ways.

If you would like to participate in a similar activity, Old Tucson will host the Tucson Mud Run on Saturday, May 26. For more details, go to

To see the video I took while running the course, go to

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