My name is Alden and I love mud! Our family started going on Family Fun Runs last year. We put ideas for where we wanted to go onto scraps of paper and put them into a big bowl. Every night we would take turns and draw one piece of paper and that would be where we went for our Fun Run. Sometimes it would be to the park. Sometimes it would be to get hot chocolate. Sometimes it would be to visit family or friends. We really like running together!
My mom ran in a mud run and thought it was really fun so she got the idea to build one! It seems like we have been building it for a really long time. I love working outside and making trails. I have learned how to use some really cool tools from my Uncle and my cousins. I like to look at the pictures we took when we started to see how much work we have done!
There is only one week left until the S'Klallam Warrior Mud Run and we are really excited. I want to show the Mud Run to my friends! Look for me at the finish line - I get to pass out the medals!
"MUD RUN" - Hearing those words, it sounds like you are just running through a track with mud all over it, doesn't it? Well, that's not true! The Mud Run is full of super amazing obstacles, hills, trenches, trails and lots more! But I'm not here to tell you what a Mud Run is. You should sign up and find that out for yourself. I want to share with you a few things about our journey, one that turned just an idea into something amazing for so many people.
Putting together a Mud Run is not an easy job! It has taken a lot of time and a lot of hard work by lots of people. This muddy creation has brought my own family closer together. We spend hours working on it - but I don't want to call it work, because it has been so much fun to spend so much time with my family and our friends. Not only do we get to make the course but I get to spend time walking and running with my mom and my brother. I feel healthier and guess what? I have not only gotten stronger but I have also lost a few pounds - 8 pounds in the last four months!
I have the privilege of watching my mom make one of her dreams come true. She gets to spend time with her family, run with me and my brother to train for the Junior Warrior Course, build a fun track AND she gets so excited to see other people walking or running to 'get ready' for the Mud Run. My mom works for the Tribe, raises two kids and a dog and didn't know anything about creating a Mud Run. Usually people who do things like this are carpenters, engineers, construction workers - but my mom had the courage to create the S'Klallam Warrior Mud Run, even though she usually just works on computers and does mom stuff.
I also have the honor of knowing that I have helped create the Mud Run - how many kids do you know that can say that?
And now - My TOP TEN things that I love about the S'Klallam Warrior Mud Challenge:
10) Getting stronger by training with my mom and brother
9) The Cargo Net Climb
8) Being in the parade to pass out flyers for the Mud Run
7) The Tire Wall Climb
6) Spending extra time with my family to work on the course
5) Spending time outside
4) The Mud Trench
3) Getting MUDDY
2) Helping other people to get healthy and be active
1) THE MUD SLIDE!
We have worked really hard to create the S'Klallam Warrior Mud Run for our entire Community - We really hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Elizabeth (aka ZsiZsi Top)
Getting into shape, learning how to be healthy and losing weight can be a real struggle
for a lot of people; including me. Falling out of good habits seems so much easier than getting back into (or learning) new ones. Melissa and I both have had the experience with the struggle of weight gain and falling out of shape, then working hard-together- to get back into shape and be
healthy. This experience combined with the amazing involvement of our first “Mud Run” in September 2012, was the driving passion behind the idea of an “S'Klallam Warriors Mud Run”.
That idea turned into a dream, and that dream is becoming a reality. We thought “If WE can do this and have fun while getting healthy, why can’t we help others do it too!” After combining all of our ideas together we came up with ways to get our people excited to get healthy while instilling the feeling of community bonding.
Since November of 2012 when I began to realize this dream was becoming a reality, I got myself back into the gym and on the right track of eating well. I wanted to be able to show people by my actions that despite a busy schedule, children, and many other obstacles, that together…
we can do anything! With Melissa’s help, I got back into the groove. So far I have lost 20 pounds and gained so much endurance back.
I am so excited, along with many others, to see the completion of our first “S’Klallam Warrior Mud Run”. There are many people in the community who are just as excited to see us all come together to create an event that is healthy, fun, exciting, AND combines our culture with an incredible event at our beautiful Blyn property.
I completed my first 5K last year at the Run A Muck hosted by ESP. Don’t get me wrong I was never one who thought I’d run (why would I want to?) and most certainly never thought I would ENJOY the process. But the prospect of crawling through mud and climbing rock walls wasn’t something I was willing to pass me by. I am extremely excited for the race at the Jamestown campus and in talks within our community (both Tribal and otherwise) I see that several others are very excited too. The obstacle course runs are very popular; people travel all over to participate in them! It is a great way to get your exercise without feeling like you are exercising – it made me feel like a kid again. Jumping, crawling, getting dirty and playing with my friends!
Having a set goal (the run) and the infectious motivation of my team really pushed me along. Once I had committed I found that I really enjoyed the “quiet time” and I started seeing little improvements every time I ran. I realized my muscles didn’t hurt, I didn’t run out of breath as quickly and I’d get to the end of my run and think to myself “is it over already?” I heartily encourage everyone to participate in this event, whether it’s your first or your fiftieth; it’s going to be a blast!
~ Rochelle the Rad Raging Runner
Everyone that I have talked to about the upcoming S'Klallam Warrior Mud Challenge is excited about the event. Several of the local Firemen that participated in the mud run in Port Angeles last year are looking forward to the event on the Jamestown Campus. What a wonderful way for the Tribe to give back to our service people!
In anticipation of the event, I have started walking on my lunch hour, parking my car farther away from where I am going so I am getting more exercise, also using more stairs to start building up my stamina... something I know for my health I should have been doing all along. With the run right around the corner I am more motivated to get myself into 'shape'. Who knows, maybe this will be the cincher to finally make me give up smoking all together!
Ever since I found out the Jamestown Tribe was going to host their own mud run, I got so excited! It is exciting to me that not only is there going to be something so outrageously fun like this that involves the entire community but that it created a healthy goal for so many people - including me and my mom. My mom and I are working out together to train for the mud run and to reach our goal of completing a 5k and in the process it has brought our mother daughter relationship closer. Thank you so much for allowing this amazing experience for our community and health.
I wanted to share my story with some of you who are looking at this site and thinking - no WAY am I going to be signing up for a 5K! Just a couple of years ago, I was in your shoes and they definitely weren't running shoes. I was extremely overweight, tired, no energy and I just felt unhappy with where I was with my health. It took realizing I couldn't quite keep up with my two young children with the fun activities they wanted to do before I decided it was really time to do something different. A little bit at a time, I changed my habits. Reduced a few things here and there, got a little more active at every opportunity I could. A few of us signed up for a free application on our iPhone called the Couch-to-5K, which helped us to build up from walking to jogging over a span of several weeks. We saw that ESP in Port Angeles was hosting their first ever Mud Run and we had a few months to train for it - so we went for it! We built up a team of some friends and we encouraged each other to stick with our plan, with the end goal being able to finish the ESP Run-A-Muck together, as the Super Mucks! We managed to not only finish the race but we had developed new lifestyles, habits and friendships. And we wanted more running, more mud! So, friends. That is how the S'Klallam Warrior Mud Run was born. A team of newbie runners, who went from Couch-to-5K-ers in just a few months! I promise, if I can do it - anybody can do it! Now my kids have a hard time keeping up with me, instead of the other way around. You have an entire WARRIOR TEAM here to help you, every step of the way. Please join us on this Journey to make the S'Klallam Warrior Mud Run a success and bring health and wellness to as many people in the community as possible. I look forward to getting muddy with you.
-Melissa the Mud Mangler
(Before and after photos of Melissa the mud mangler)