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Hundreds slog through SEB Mud Run in Castaic

Posted: September 9, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 9, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Los Angeles resident Landon Barragan, 9, runs up a hill after a trip through a pit of muddy water during the SEB Mud Run on Sunday in Castaic. Barragan reportedly came in second place in the 4-mile race, finishing faster than all but one of the adults who ran the course. Photo by Jim Holt.

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When it comes to playing in the mud, leave to a kid to get it done right.

So when nine-year-old Landon Barragan, of Los Angeles, climbed the last muddy hill and splashed into the last pool of water at the 18th Annual Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team SEB Mud Run Sunday, it was no surprise he found himself ahead of the pack.

“I was tired,” he said, sopping wet and little bit muddy at the finish line.

When the boy emerged from the pool at the bottom of a 20-foot slide and began sprinting to the finish line, his proud father, Oscar, ran after him.

“He came in second place overall for the 4-mile category which included all men, all women, all ages — so I am very proud of him,” he said later.

Hundreds turned out to get down and dirty in the annual event sponsored by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team (SEB) on Tapia Canyon Road in Castaic, at the Pitchess Equestrian Center.

Before the starting gun sounded — which in this case was an assault rifle fired from atop a SWAT truck — firefighters unleashed their pumper jet and soaked the first section of the race route.

Two SWAT officers joined the pack of runners when they descended from a hovering helicopter on ropes and, within a couple of minutes of their landing, the runners were off.

Runners included two self-proclaimed “princess” sisters Jade and Cayla Baxley — Saugus High School students, aged 16 and 15, respectively.

“It was fun, it was tough,” they said in unison after the race.

“It was very muddy,” they said, pointing to their specially-printed “Princess Jade” and “Princess Cayla” T-shirts.

“We were covered in mud. At one point we were crawling on our stomachs,” the elder sister said.

“We held hands all the way so that we supported each other,” the younger one said.

Together they told The Signal: “Who said princesses couldn’t get dirty?”

Their mother, Christina, said there was an easy way to tell who earned their stripes on the course.

“If you managed to stay clean in this race,” she said. “Then, you cheated.”

Her friend, Debbie Caracciolo showed up at the event with no intention of running in it, she said, but, at the last minute, decided to give it a try.

“It was fun and I’d do it again,” Caracciolo said.
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