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Metro Parks’ Swan Creek Mud Run brings out the beast mode

March 13, 2018

Brave the muck and slog through this amazing obstacle course March 24

If you’re eager to shake off the shackles of convention, there’s nothing like the Swan Creek Mud Run.

This 2-mile, family-friendly obstacle course has become a spring rite of passage for the 500-or-so regulars who take part annually.

Mud Run enthusiasts come from all over Western Washington – Marysville, Hoquiam, Chehalis, North Bend – to Metro Parks’ Swan Creek Park to indulge in this boot camp-style challenge.


This year’s March 24 event is the fourth annual, featuring tried-and-true obstacles to test your mettle: hurdles, fences, walls, mazes, tire tosses and drags, dirt mounds and, of course, mud pits. Wallowing in the mud, it turns out, is something participants love to do.

It’s not a chip-timed event, but a race clock will run from start to finish so you can time yourself. Hard-core fitness buffs sometimes complete the race in 15 or 20 minutes, while others may need an hour to get through the course.

Obstacles are designed with both adults and children in mind. For example, while adults confront 6- or 8-foot climbing walls, youngsters face 4-footers. The two sizes are paired throughout the course.

“We try to make it so the whole family can go through together,” said Metro Parks race organizer Ralph Thomas.


He’s hired a disc jockey to create an upbeat musical backdrop that will keep you moving. At the end of the race, stop in at the rinse-off station to loosen some of the mud before you wrap yourself in one of the big, white Mud Run towels given as souvenirs to all participants.

Metro Parks Mud Run at Swan Creek Park

  • What: Family-friendly, 2-mile, obstacle-course race
  • When: 10 a.m. or 11:30 a.m., Saturday, March 24, 2018
  • Where: Swan Creek Park, East 42nd Street and East Roosevelt Avenue, Tacoma WA 98404
  • Cost: $30-$40 depending upon registration date. Register online.


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