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Adults Play in the Mud in Annual Footrace

Cathy Duchamp
08/02/2006

The distance is only 2-hundred-and-50 yards. But the annual Samish Bay Mud Run is billed as one of the toughest footraces in the Northwest. It takes place at low tide, in the silty muck of a shellfish farm in north Puget Sound near Bellingham. Correspondent Cathy Duchamp watched as more than a hundred people sunk into the starting line. She brings us this audio postcard.

TRANSCRIPT

Taylor: "Iím Bill Taylor. My family owns Taylor Shellfish, which owns the farm here in Samish Bay. Iíve run marathons and I think itís actually harder than running a marathon."

Ambi: "Hang on hang on. One question at a time. Go!"

WHERE'S THE BEER STATION ALONG THE WAY?

NO BEER STATION ALONG THE WAY MAAM YOU GOTTA GET THAT BEER AFTER THE RACE.

No Name: "Strategy is to run like youíre on hot coals. Keep your feet on top of the mud and donít be intimidated by the youngsters. See the youngsters go out hard but the race is in the pace. Those who go out fast donít last."

Ambi: "duct tape"

Alex: "Keith Alex I am a volunteer. This is a trick that some of the winning runners use, they tape their shoes on."

No Name: "Everyone tries a different trick."

Alex: "A lot of em use Pam spray to spray on their legs."

No Name: "Spray with Pam spray so the mud will fall off. Look at this guy, Pam on his legs, you can tell."

Larmer: "Louisa Larmer. Iím 54."

Duchamp: "Whatís your relationship with mud."

Larmer: "Ha ha it goes way back to when I was a child. I used to love playing in the mud so here you go, chance as an adult to play in the mud."

Ambi: "Everybody behind!"

Ambi: "honk /screams/race starts."

Taylor: "As you start to turn and come into the home stretch the last 100 yards you start to tie up the lactic acid builds up so much you can hardly lift your legs."

Ambi: "youíre almost there, youíre almost there." [huff puff]

Larmer: "it was very wild and it was hard but it was fun because Iím running in the mud with these other adults and weíre falling, flopping and rolling in the mud, trying to run this distance. And it was hilarious."

No Name: "Strategy went out the window in the first four steps. It just didnít seem important anymore."

Adams: "My name is Brad Adams from Anacortes. And Iím very muddy. And I did not take the duct tape advice and I lost my shoes at the very start of the race. And I ran barefoot the whole way. I sunk in the mud I could not stay on top of it at all."

[Ambi clapping end of race]

Taylor: "At the end of the race weíll have piles of shoes and socks that people leave for us after the race."

Duchamp: "A parting gift."

Taylor: "A parting gift."

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