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Mud, glorious mud!

A new spin on a mud bath

Posted: September 4, 2008 6:13 p.m.
Updated: November 6, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Fitness Edge Boot Camp Troopers proudly flex and smile after finishing the race. This year the check-in starts at 7 a.m., kids' race at 8 a.m. and the adults' race at 9 a.m.

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When I say "mud," what do you think of? Wrestling? Monster Trucks? Well if you're my kind of man... or wo-man, I'm gonna change the way you think about mud! Granted it might still involve bikini clad gals and you could drive your truck there...

The Los Angeles Sheriffs Athletic Association puts on an event called the Mud Run every September. This isn't like a poker run or a beer run... although there is beer available, this Mud Run involves you, actually running, IN mud. This year the 12th Annual LASD Mud Run is Sept. 28 at 0900 hours - that's 9 a.m. to you and me. You don't have to be a sheriff or police officer, or a Fire Fighter to enter. Us mere mortal civilians are welcome to enter and as long as you're wearing "duty-type boots and long pants," you can be in the running (pun intended) for a first, second or third place medal. This is the most fun you'll ever have in five miles of dirt and mud.

For a mere $25 you get to try and out run the long arm of the law - all in the spirit of good "clean" fun of course. There's even a free kids course that starts at 8 a.m. For us Santa Claritans, this may be the best part - you don't have to drive three hours to some far off military base, this event is just 10 minutes north on Interstate 5, at the Pitchess Equestrian Center. Check-in starts at 7 a.m. kids' race at 8 a.m. and the adults' race at 9 a.m.

I ran this event for the first time two years ago. As I tell you this story, understand that I have never in my life, been the least bit athletic. Seriously, the only team I was ever on in school was the Debate Team. But I thought to myself, "Self, you've been in Broughton's FitnessEdge Boot Camp for a few months now, let's see just what this 40-something body is capable of." And boy-oh-boy what an eye opener. First of all, the Emergency Personnel that competes in this event are the cream of the crop - no doughnut eaters here.

These men and women are fit, at the top of their game and may I add, pretty easy on the eyes. So several of my friends from FitnessEdge Boot Camp and I decided to form some teams, there were names like "Down N Dirty" an all female team, "Team Slow" a mixed team and "Rostad's Reckless Rebels" (we're an over 40 team.)

I would like to take this opportunity to point out that Rostad's Reckless Rebels brought home a Bronze Medal with many of the other teams bringing home first and second place medals. Several of the gang ran as individuals, and earned their own awards. In case this all sounds a bit too exhausting, you are welcome to jog, or walk the course at your own pace. But if you are on a team, all five of you must cross the finish line together in order to be in medal contention.

Now, let me give you the low-down on what you'll need to wear - duty or combat boots, long pants, sunscreen and just maybe a bikini for the showers (didn't I say there could be bikinis?).

What you'll need to bring - big plastic bags for all your muddy stuff, a bath towel for the beach-style open showers, and a clean set of clothes and shoes - and more sunscreen. A few bucks for the burgers, beer and sodas, and be ready to get your groove on, because they always have great music for hours afterward.

Where else do you get to throw down with your friends - maybe wrestling them into the mud, and compete against the best of the LASD, the LAPD and the LAFD? Imagine the braggin' rights! Here's your call to action: Go to www.LASD.org and at the bottom of the right hand column, click on ATHLETIC EVENTS to download the registration form & waiver. Or you can call the Special Enforcement Bureau at (323) 881-7800.

Here's mud in your eye!

Jordana Capra is an actress and a resident of Saugus.

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