First Mudman Race Held at Spirt Mountain

By KBJR News 1

July 20, 2013 Updated Jul 20, 2013 at 7:09 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - People were jumping, climbing, and swimming in mud for the first Mudman race at Spirit Mountain on Saturday.

Competitors waited anxiously at the starting line, thinking about the challenge they are about to face.

"Lots of mud, in places you didn't anticipate, the ice water bath I'm not sure about, and sore muscles tomorrow," said Carolyn Opsahlhopp, a participant in the race.

More than 1,400 people participated in the first Mudman race.

Participants could run the 5K or the 10k obstacle course to test their endurance.

The course forced competitors to jump over fire, dive in ice cold water and slide into mud.

A few of the obstacles caught some people off guard.

"I'd say the monkey bar ropes, they said monkey bars so I was expecting bars, but they were ropes that you swing across instead," said Molly Blomdahl of Duluth.

"It was a bunch of hanging ropes that you swing across. I think I pulled my back on that one," said Eric Rotondo, also from Duluth.

Organizers had help from The National Guard, the Army Reserves and the Marines.

This race was the first of three obstacle races for the area.

For more information about other Mudman races, click here