SLO is a small, green town therefore “reduce, reuse, recycle” is always appreciated. This race stressed their environmentally friendly ways. Their motto is “zero waste and leave no trace.” Most of the wood used on the wood obstacles was repurposed from somewhere else. Racers were even encouraged to bring their own water bottle to refill at aid stations, to lessen the amount of paper cups used. Preserving nature is a great thing in my book so kudos to you, Mud Mash! Some of the proceeds go to benefit SLO County Special Olympics and also to help expand thebike trail system in SLO.
Pre-race Bib Pick-up
Wasn’t too thrilled. Pre-race pick-up was the day before race day, from 5-7pm, located at the race venue. I arrived at 5:07pm hoping to beat the crowd and thought I wouldn’t be there longer than 5 minutes, but it didn’t turn out that way. Their check-in method was rather inefficient, they were short on staff, and the race shirts were unavailable because they were being printed. I picked up the shirt on race day only to find that the shirts run too small, and of course the whole world wanted to exchange their shirt for a larger one. Bummer.
Parking was not a problem. There was a “VIP parking” option for $10 that would guarantee you a spot inside the venue. Free parking was also available a couple of miles from the venue that provided mud mashers with free shuttle service.
Before the Race
Registration check-in was again one long, single-file line but nobody seemed to mind. Then again, I was in San Luis Obispo, voted the “Happiest City in America.” The event provided racers with free bag check-in. Woo-hoo, kudos again! The announcer/host was great, which added to the awesome energy around me. There were lots of people who joined in on the whacky fun by wearing costumes. I also noticed that the event directors, coordinators, and other staff from the race, knew many of the participants, which added to the friendly atmosphere.
The After Party:
The after party energy was great! Those of legal drinking age were granted one free locally brewed beer at the end of the race. To minimize waste our “medal” came in handy. No actual medal was given here instead we earned a cool beer glass cup which was used to fill with cold beer.
Extras Offered at the Race:
Free miniature golf and corn hole, free kids race, free post race snacks (bananas & oranges), $5 agility course race.
It was clear that the intention of this race was not to destroy racers instead it was a family friendly, fun race that brought the community together. Overall, it was a good course. It would be categorized as challenging for a first time OCR experience, and a walk in the mud for an avid OCR racer. They made great use of their venue and delivered a well-organized event. If you happen to be in the “Happiest City in America,” I recommend you check out Mud Mash.