Written by Jess Paniszczyn
More than 2,400 runners played in the mud when The Patriot Games held its North Texas Obstacle Challenge at Trinity View Park, benefiting Irving Police Athletic League (PAL), on Sept. 21. The mud run included a 5K, 10K and a 1 mile kids run, complete with 32 obstacles.
Founded by two former Marines, the Irving race was The Patriot Games’ sixth stop.
“Basically this is what we have done in the military, and we are bringing it to everybody,” said Tommy Cudd, CEO of The Patriot Games. “We have cargo nets and mud crawls. We are kind of famous for our stairway to Heaven.
“People enjoy the obstacles, because they are challenging and hard. They are facing their fears and looking at heights they haven’t faced. They have to use teamwork sometimes to overcome the challenge. I think people come out to challenge themselves and prove to themselves that they can do it.
“Every event we do, we get bigger and better, and we outdid ourselves this time. Everyone’s enjoying it.”
Dripping with dirt and mud, Nolan Sittig crossed the finish line and headed for the shower area.
“My favorite part was finishing,” Sittig said. “The log crossing was more challenging than any of the other obstacles. You have to balance. You have to step. Your feet are muddy. Your shoes are plumb full of mud, because you just came out of a mud pit, so it made it a lot harder.