Road or mud run, choose your pain! We know, it’s been one long painful winter and we’re all DYING to get out and play in the sweet outside we all know will return!! Here are some inspirational opportunities to motivate you with the prospect of mud, pain and the great satisfaction of finishing… followed by the sublime rest and relaxation of a hot shower, nap, glass of wine in the garden, fine dinner and an elegant night at Brewster House.
For those of you who favor the simple, relatively clean discipline of road running, we’ll open with “Race the Runways” 1 mile, 5K and half marathon at the former Naval Air Base in Brunswick on April 4th. Sign up now www.racetherunways.com!
On May 23rd & 24th, share the sublime and expansive beauty of Pineland Farms in New Gloucester and, you could run with your dog! Saturday you can choose 5 or 10K, Canine Cross 5K or Barefoot 5K. Sunday, more challenging distances of 25K, 50K or 50 miles are on the agenda www.pinelandtrails.com. You’ll be running their network of hiking and cross-country skiing trails spread over 15,000 acres!
A few miles west of Brewster House is Bradbury Mountain State Park. They’re offering 6, 9 and 12 mile dirt trail runs labelled “The Scuffer,” “The Breaker,” and “The Bruiser,” and you have 3 chances at it; Sundays – July 12th, August 9th and September 13th!. www.trailmonsterrunning.com/bradburydirt
OK, HERE’S THE REAL MUD! First up, “Into the Mud Challenge” Costume up and crawl through 2.5 miles of muck, mire and obstacles for the scholarship fundraiser on May 3rd at Gorham (Maine) Middle School www.intothemudchallenge.com
Back to Pineland Farms for the May 31st “Dynamic Dirt Challenge!” 4 – 5 miles of of hay bales, mud, swamps, culverts www.dynamicdirtchallenge.com
Last, but not least The Tough Mudder, and what a mudder it is!! 10 miles of brutal, soul sucking slime, including a muck coated tube, a rope swing over gross water, and to add a shocking note – a muddy crawl under live wires!! AND YOU GET TO PAY AN ENTRY FEE FOR ALL OF THIS!! 9/26 – 27, Sunset Ridge, Westbrook www.toughmudder.com
You’re going to need Brewster House to coddle you after any of these!! ENJOY!!