MudTitan’s 5th race, aptly named MudTitan V, was held on March 5, 2016 Plant City, Florida. Mud Titan is known for being a locally owned mud run in which part of the proceeds benefit The Youth Alliance. The Youth Alliance promotes “Living Bully Free” and “Healthy Relationships” throughout America and is a non-profit organization. My husband and I have had the pleasure of running this race the past two years and were excited about our third venture to this memorable location. For the past few years the race has been held at the same location on Prevatt Rd. in Plant City. On non-race weekends cows and livestock roam the fields between pre-standing wooden obstacles which are scattered throughout the acreage. The property itself is simply “country” beautiful, and you can easily see why it’s the perfect place for a home-grown run such as MudTitan. The property is everything you would expect of farm land with open areas of pasture, and shaded areas filled with trees and foliage. The MudTitan course takes you through these pastures, fields of water, woods, and small sandy hills. If one were to take the obstacles away, and if this area was not private land, it would still be a great place to go for a gorgeous trail run. Some morning runners were even commenting on their up close and personal experience with wild deer running through the area!
|The Competitive Wave is Off!|
|Lady Titan posing for pictures!|
In passing throughout the day, I heard pros and cons of the new competitive rules from athletes participating, and could see each side of the fence, but after looking around at the people attending MudTitan V it hit me…this race wasn’t designed as a cut throat competitive, elite race, where EVERY athlete was sponsored by a name brand of some sort, and if you couldn’t climb the 8 foot wall by yourself you were a disgrace to athletes everywhere…it was designed as a family friendly race, where friends, family, children and beginners could enjoy a beautiful day with physical activity, and do some really cool things they never thought they would before. I witnessed families helping strangers crawl up the bent wall from afar, people giving each other high fives, children waiting for parents to finish running while cheering on other racers, and a sense of community between a group of people who were there for one common goal.
|Volunteer Wave Warm Up - Dancing to "The Wobble"|
If you had attended the 2015 MudTitan, and remember all the rain and flooding the area had the week prior, you will remember that a considerable amount of the last race was through knee high water. Lucky for athletes and participants this year the field was much dryer and had a much more acceptable amount of water crossings. This made the course much nicer and the amount of mud just right!
|Early Morning Registration|
The weather for race day was perfect and it was a beautiful day to enjoy a wonderful family oriented mud run. MudTitan promotes fellowship and family so they have always been open to people bringing their own tents, chairs, food, coolers, and any other outdoor comforts (just don’t bring glass) and have always encouraged everyone to spend the day out enjoying the music, weather, and race. I would encourage everyone who wants to give a mud run a try to make MudTitan their goal. If you’re local to the Plant City, Fl area, want to spend the day with your family or just would like to get out of the house, MudTitan is a great way to get your family moving and outside! You will be surprised at what you can do. The next MudTitan will be held on August 27, 2016 and you can learn more about registrations at http://mudtitanrun.com/.