Kids climbed tires, walls and through mud pools
COLUMBIA - Today kids got dirty while getting a workout at the fourth annual Splat mud run.
Columbia Parks and Recreation public information specialist Tammy Miller said there are several obstacles for the children to go through along the course. About 1,100 children participated in the mud run at Gans Creek, she said.
The run length and number of obstacles varied depending on the child's age. Four-year-olds went through 12 obstacles and ran three-quarters of a mile. Fifteen-year-olds had 20 obstacles and ran a mile and three-quarters.
"We have different waves throughout the morning," Miller said. "The kids are grouped by age, so they're doing appropriate waves and obstacle courses."
Participants climbed through pipes, up walls, over tires and through a mud pool.
"There's all different kinds of things," Miller said. "There are some wooden obstacles. There are obstacles made totally with mud. There's a mud hill. They'll slide down that."
The course ends with a large pool of mud called the "Big Splat" for the kids to cross.
Participant Elliot Utterback said she wanted to get dirty and was looking forward to one obstacle in particiular.
"Go through the water," Utterback said. "Jump in it and go through the tubes because you get to get wet. It's really hot outside and it just makes you really feel good."
Miller said the course is a great way to get kids moving in the summer.
"They're having fun and their being active at the same time," she said. "It's a great way for them to have fun and get muddy, do some sweating and be physically active."