sport gives runners
a chance to get down n dirty
mental, physical strengths
Helen E. McKinney
CARROLLTON, Ky. (June 2012) Summertime brings
with it plenty of opportunities for those who like to explore the outdoors.
Two events scheduled to take place in Carrollton bring with them the
fun of trying something new.
For the adventurous at heart, The Mudathlon might be just the thing
for those seeking a thrill. It is a three-mile race with 40 obstacles
and involves a lot of mud, said Tanya Supplee, Program Services
Supervisor for Gen. Butler State Resort Park, where the event will take
finishing last years Mudathlon
event in Cincinnati.
Designed for individuals and teams, basically the
course is in areas not seen visibly in the park, Supplee said.
The park is playing host to this event June 2, she said, but it is being
organized by Mudathlon LLC, based in Westfield, Ind.
The park reached out to us and we thought it would be a great
location, said Anna Ryan, Marketing Manager for Vision Event Managing,
the company working under Mudathlon LLC to organize the event. She described
it is as a tailgating experience. Participants must be 14
years of age or older and compete from 8 a.m. until mid-afternoon.
Although it is geared toward any skill level, participants need to be
ready to run. Teams are a huge part of Mudathlon. Over 80 percent
of the participants are teams, said Ryan.
A second event planned to take place at the park on June 9 is the Unbridled
Adventure Race Series kick-off. This is a series of four adventure races
that will grow longer and more difficult as the season progresses.
The Adventure Race at General Butler is a four-hour race,
said Supplee. In addition to Butler Park, races will be held at Barren
River (six-hour race), Carter Caves (eight-hour race) and Natural Bridge
(12-hour race). The longer the race, the more challenging both physically
and mentally it will be, she added.
This race series is being organized by Flying Squirrel Adventures and
presented by the Kentucky Office of Adventure Tourism, in partnership
with Kentucky State Parks. Stephanie Ross runs Flying Squirrel Adventures,
a race organization, and depends upon a large network of volunteers
and loyal followers.
Ross, who is also an attorney near Florence, Ky., said this race organization
is her hobby and passion.
Her goal is to promote the region and show people places they
have not seen before.
Each race includes mountain biking on trail and road, trekking on and
off the trail, paddling on flat or slow-moving water and navigation
with map and compass. On the Friday night before the first race, there
will be a free navigation clinic. An awards banquet will be held on
the Saturday night after each race.
Ross described the multi-sport race as an adventurous form of a triathlon,
only with a navigational component. She wants to someday grow
the race into a larger event for more people to enjoy.
Ross said she had a great experience last year working on an event with
the Kentucky State Park system. For the Unbridled Adventure Race Series,
one park from Kentuckys three state park regions was chosen. Assets
such as lodging, trails and water courses were considered. General
Butler was a good fit for one of the locations.
She said the race is designed for beginners as well as seasoned competitors.
You start in a comfortable setting, become more experienced, and
work your way toward a longer race, The Fig, held in November.
Entry for each race includes a wicking race shirt, post-race meal, quality
waterproof maps, event insurance with medical coverage, control cards
and race bibs, door prizes and awards. Top finishers in the series will
be awarded cash prizes. All races are USARA-sanctioned and qualify for
points in the USARA national standings.
This is the first time for both events to be held at Butler Park. Pre-registration
For more information on these two events,
contact Tanya Supplee at (502) 732-4384, ext. 2412 or Tanya.Supplee@ky.gov.
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