The family set out for Austin on Friday to spend the night in a little town where the Rebel Race 5k mud run was being held. I had to scratch this run for a few reasons but most prominently, my knee is giving me fits. While adjusting my hip and working out some problems with my IT band, my knee has really gotten weak and painful! It was no time to be doing mud and obstacles. Hopefully, the mud run we have planned in Denver in two weeks will be a better choice.
The Rebel Race is a wonderful little series created for the weekend warrior who wants a challenge but not a Tough Mudder type experience. I liked that is was a small race capped at 1000 entrants. They did a staggered start with each start having around 200 people. This allowed challenges to flow quickly and not get so backed up as many other races of this type do. The average racer completed the course in around an hour doing activities like wall climbs, mud pits, and tire courses. Thankfully, there were more smiles than injuries. I feel many races do not pay enough attention to health hazards and we have seen an increase in injury during mud and trail runs because of it.
The one complaint I have about the Rebel Race was packet pick-up. they had more than enough volunteers running pick up to get things out quickly. Unfortunately, they were not trained well and spent an average if 3-5 minutes per person distributing race gear! Unacceptable! I had ID out and had found my name on the list for my "helper" before he had even gotten the race bibs to the people in front of us... (he)talking the whole time. I may not have run on Saturday, but I still wanted my goodies! Thank goodness for Groupon or I would have had a really hard time scratching this race.
Mr. Dad and his friends took off with the 10:30 crowd and we settled in to eat fruit and be lazy while watching people get muddy. Not a bad deal! The oldest kid had fun trying the kid obstacles and challenging the Marine recruiters to pull up contests. I wish I had a picture of the guys eyes as she busted out one pull-up after another!
The youngest had a fine time on the blanket with me, coloring and trying fried plantain chips. A girl after my own heart! It was hot and humid in south Texas on Saturday and finding shade was a challenge. we had to fight for a spot under a tree, we won, having 9 kids between all the families we were with.
Mr. Dad rounded the last .25 mile right on schedule and invited the oldest to finish with him. The race was not chip timed so they were pretty laid back about kids crossing with mom and dad.
We were able to snag a medal for both kids to enjoy after the race. They were small and plastic so I don't think Mr. Dad really cared about putting it