The Permian Basin's First Ever 5k Mud Run 9/29/13
CBS 7 News
September 29, 2013
ODESSA, TXóThis morning hundreds of residents in Odessa, including our very own CBS 7 team, ran, crawled, and jumped through mud at the Black Gold Bash Mud Run, the first to ever hit the Permian Basin.
Climbing, jumping, crawling, and running through different obstacle courses is what runners experienced this morning.
Many participants truly learned the value and meaning of teamwork today. Mike Greer, who runs the nonprofit Buffalo Battle, and Ironman events in Lubbock, is the one to thank for bringing this extreme 5K run into town.
"Mud obstacle racing is so popular now, and itís probably coming into its own in the last 5 years, and what I'm trying to do is take it to cities that donít have it, haven't had it, and would like to have it," said Greer.
Runners made two loops around the Mountain Bike Park, then went through four home made mud pits, carried heavy logs up and down hills, and jumped over three walls, but had a great deal of support along the way.
Many participants weren't expecting this 5K to be as challenging as it was.
"It was tough. It definitely was a tough run, it was fun, a lot harder than we thought," said one group of participants.
Runner Erbei Uranga registered for the event yesterday and ended up taking first place over all. He says the run is as challenging as a Tough Mudder and he is happy he signed up.
"It's good you know, it gets a lot of people out, gets them together, gets something going for the community, especially since Odessa is growing a lot you know. Because all the trail runs are done in the busier cities, it's something good for the community out here in Odessa," said Uranga.
Each participant was a winner in todayís run and received medals for finishing the obstacle course. All the funds raised will be going to benefit the Mountain Bike Club, which holds many events for other non-profit groups.
If you weren't able to make it to this yearís mud run don't worry, you will have plenty of time to start training for next years. Greer said he hopes to make the Black Gold Bash Mud Run an annual event.