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Muddy obstacle course race makes D.C.-area debut in Bowie


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Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Down & Dirty Obstacle Race participants crawl through a mud pit Sunday near Prince George's Stadium in Bowie.

Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Down & Dirty Obstacle Race participants crawl through a mud pit Sunday near Prince George's Stadium in Bowie.

Published on: Thursday, July 25, 2013

By Daniel Kucin Jr.

Runners climbed walls, leapt over logs and crawled through a mud pit Sunday in Bowie.

The Merrell Down & Dirty Obstacle Race, a national obstacle course and mud pit race, was held just outside Prince George’s Stadium. It included events for all ages with 5-kilometer and 10-kilometer courses and a 1-mile Adventure Kids race.

“The humidity didn’t help at all. It was a very tough course, but we did it as a group,” competitor Janella James said after she completed the 5-kilometer race.

“The rope climb was the most difficult, I thought, because we had to do it twice,” she added. “The running was difficult to keep your footing with the mud.”

Both adult courses had obstacles that posed challenges for the body and the mind. Each runner needed to move past the low crawl, ladder wall, water crossing, hill climb, mud pit and log leap obstacles as they battled to reach the finish line.

Clark Johnson won the 5-kilometer course with a time of 29:03. Bowie resident Billy Cogar crossed the line finishing in the top 25.

Alex Fulton won the 10-kilometer course with a mark of 46:16. Bowie native Douglas Schwer finished 11th.

Twelve-year-old Nathan Her won the Adventure Kids race with a time of 10:33.

It was the first Down & Dirty race in the Washington, D.C., area.

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