by Roger Walk
Getting muddy and wet and having a lot of fun was the way to go at the first annual Henricus Mudstock—A 5kish mud run through Henricus Historical Park.
The course started on the scenic bluff, went around the trail loop at Dutch Gap and continued with a dash through the historic citie. About 600 runners, ages eight to 70-plus mastered the obstacle race with water “traps” and a crawl through a mud ditch before they could cross the finish line. There was also a one-mile run for the Flower Children.
The Mudstock replaces the similar traditional Dauber Dash. It is sponsored by the Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation Department and the Richmond Sports Backers and held on the Dutch Gap trail. As Mrs. Magan Schultz of Sport Backers explained, “This new fun race brings people to the park who have not been there before.”
The family and team event was an opportunity for active-lifestyle lovers to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Historical Park and the Dutch Gap area. After the run with its water and mud challenges there was even more fun in the shower area, where runners washed off the mud before they refreshed themselves together with spectators with beverages and food. Funky music, a campfire and performances by a hoop group made a great post-race dance party under the “LOVE” sculpture at the scenic bluff overlooking the James River.